The Microsoft Learning Group stated in a recent press release, that it is retooling the Microsoft certification program to address the increasing role of cloud computing in the IT and developer professions. The previous credentials for MCSE and MCSD are back. Indeed, MCSE is now Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and MCSD is now the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer.

Microsoft is revamping its certification program to meet increasing demand for cloud-computing skill sets, with a new focus on system planning and design. The program now features three new skill levels: Associate, Expert, and Master.

  • The Associate Level comprises of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification. This level represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE.
  • The Expert Level comprises of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and is Microsoft’s flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization’s transition to the cloud.
  • The Master Level is the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification that differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation.

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