SharePoint Certifications and Expirations

So recently on the Twitter, the question appeared, “When do the SharePoint 2007 certifications expire.” My first thought was, “Well they don’t really expire, they’re just retired,” as I thought back to some of my Windows XP and Server 2003 certifications that were now lifted to the rafters of the Microsoft arena. After a little research it would appear that the SharePoint 2007 certifications expire on 30 September 2012 – the same time as mainstream support.

For more on this check out these couple of links out on the Microsoft Learning site:

Certifications you have earned remain valid even if qualifying exams have been retired. When an exam you passed is retired, your transcript retains the record of the exam and identifies the exam as retired.

Today, most of our Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams retire when Microsoft discontinues mainstream support for the related technology.

Thanks to Todd Klindt for the assist on the second piece of information regarding mainstream support timelines.


SharePoint Meetup – 4.4.2009 – Wrap-up

The SharePoint Meetup on Saturday, 4 April 2009 at La Madeline’s in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia went very well, with a diverse crowd of SharePoint professionals from the community coming out to discuss certifications, training and career paths.  Additionally it was great to meet other individuals and hear about some of the training that they’ve taken, what they liked, what they didn’t like and what they’re looking to pursue in the future.

I’ll be putting together a short presentation deck on this topic for anyone that’s curious as to what’s certifications are available, best tips for training and what to consider for if you’re looking to go down a particular career path or another.

Next Meetup will be on 2 May 2009 at the SharePoint Saturday DC event at the Reston MTC in Virginia.