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Someone clear this up for me please..

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Juelz, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Juelz

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    maybe I have had it wrong from the begining, if someone has an MCSA in Windows Vista (whether there is such a thing) doesnt this expire and to hold MCSA status they have to upgrade? Or does the MCSA stay with them and its jus the technology that expires?
     
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    anyone?
     
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  3. AJ

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    Thanks but not really.. there doesnt seem to be a definitive answer to this.. I always thought if you had an MCSA after 3 years thats it time to renew but I'm hearing now an MCSA is something you have for life and its just the technology that expires which makes your MCSA not valid with current technology I might have to contact MS directly for a definitive answer; thanks though.
     
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    From what I understand your qualification is for life, but the system you have qualifications in might be end of life, but you still hold the qual
    AFAIC I still hold my MCSE messaging W2K but it is just in an out of date system.

    An MCSA is a group of exams that collectively promote the holder from having a number of MCP quals to an MCSA, so to upgrade that qual, would be an upgrade of the whole thing, not just 1 exam. Normally that would be 2 upgrade exams that would encompass the whole exam criteria, a separate renewal of the client exam would be unnecessary.

    I think Microsoft went through a period that quals "times out" but I don't think thats the case now.

    Unless someone knows different of course.
     
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    I have avoided MCSA for the simple fact I thought you were stripped of the cert after 3 years, it maybe worth getting the Windows 10 MCSA though. Out of curiousity do you still list your MCSE on your CV?
     
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    I didn't think any MS certs expire - just Cisco ones.
     
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    sorry mate I've lost touch with how it all works today but have a look at this on retired certs. There wasn't an MCSA in Vista, you got he MCTS for the vista client exam or you could use the vista client exam in a 2003 MCSA or the doomed MCITP. At that time the certs were for life and as you say attached to technology that's gone or going end of life, so I class mine as for life. I don't buy into the whole recertify to remain an MCSA personally. I think its just a money spinner an attempt at being more like Cisco. I put MCSE 2003 MCSA 2012 as I run out of steam at that point, so nigh highest in each technology. I don't think anyone would take off an MCSA because it had expired. Same for CCNA just if asked you can't lie and say its valid if its not, but I don't think many would ask that
     
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  9. AJ

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    Is my MCSE on my CV? Yes it is but I do qualify that it is windows 2000. Totally agree with jk2447 about the cert thing, either that or I'm just more cynical in my old age.
     
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