Masters certifications retirement

All Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification exams were retired on January 1, 2014.

Overview

The Microsoft masters-level certifications validate the deepest level of product expertise, in addition to the ability to design and build the most innovative solutions for complex, on-premises and hybrid enterprise environments using Microsoft technologies.

Masters certifications

If you are looking for individuals with the deepest level of technical expertise, who can create solutions using multiple Microsoft technologies, you’re looking for an MCM, MCSM, or MCA. They have validated skills that remain valuable in the industry today and for as long as the technologies they’re certified on are being used in the industry.

If you have earned an MCM, MCSM, or MCA certification, you will continue to hold that certification and will not be required to recertify your credential. You will continue to have access to the logos through the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) site, and your certifications will continue to appear in the appropriate section of your transcript.

Before this certification was retired, MCM candidates needed to earn an expert-level certification for the associated technology to be accepted into the MCM certification program. This helped validate their breadth of expertise in a specific Microsoft technology.

IT professionals who achieved MCM certification would have passed the MCM knowledge exam and the MCM lab exam, which tested their ability to design and build the most innovative solutions for complex on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid enterprise environments using Microsoft technologies.

Certification prerequisites:

  • Five or more years of hands-on experience installing, configuring, and troubleshooting one of the following technologies:

    • Exchange

    • Lync

    • SQL Server

    • Windows Server Active Directory

  • One or more years of hands-on experience with the current version of the technology

  • Thorough understanding of the technology’s design and architecture

  • Thorough understanding of Active Directory, Domain Name System (DNS), and other core network services related to the technology

  • Ability to speak, understand, and write fluent English

Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Prerequisite certification and required exams:

Prerequisite experience:

  • Five or more years of hands-on experience with Exchange Server 2003: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • Three or more years of hands-on experience with Exchange Server 2007: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • One or more years of hands-on experience with Exchange Server 2010: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • Thorough understanding of Microsoft Exchange Server design and architecture

  • Thorough understanding of Active Directory, DNS, and other core network services related to Exchange Server

  • Ability to speak, understand, and write fluent English

Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft Lync Server 2010

Prerequisite certifications and required exams:

  • 638: TS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring

  • 664: TS: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Configuring

  • 665: PRO: Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Administrator

  • 968: MCM Lync Server 2010 Knowledge Exam

  • 969: MCM Lync Server 2010 Lab Exam

and one of the following:

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (formerly MCSE, now retired) on Windows Server 2003

or successful completion of two of the following exams, as indicated:

  • 294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure

or

  • 640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

and

  • 297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

or

  • 642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

Prerequisite experience:

  • Two or more years of hands-on experience with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • Practical, hands-on experience with Microsoft Lync Server 2010: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting all workloads in multiple deployment scenarios

  • Thorough understanding of Lync Server 2010 design and architecture

  • Thorough understanding of Active Directory, DNS, traditional telephony concepts, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), and other core network services related to Office Communications Server

  • Ability to speak, understand, and write fluent English

Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Required exams

  • 970: SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Knowledge Exam

  • 971: SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Lab Exam

Prerequisite experience:

  • Five or more years of experience with SQL Server 7.0 or later: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • One or more years of experience with SQL Server 2005 or later: installing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • Thorough understanding of SQL Server design and architecture

  • Thorough understanding of SQL Server core components and dependencies, such as online transaction processing (OLTP), high availability, disaster recovery, performance-tuning optimization, storage, security, manageability, and data distribution technologies

  • Ability to speak, understand, and write fluent English

Microsoft Certified Master: Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory

Prerequisite certifications and required exams:

One of the following certifications:

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (formerly MCSE, now retired) on Windows Server 2003

or

  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (formerly MCSE, now retired) on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server

and all of the following exams:

  • 965: MCM Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory Knowledge Exam

  • 966: MCM Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory Knowledge Exam

  • 981: MCM Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory Lab Exam

and one of the following exams:

  • 219: Designing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure

or

  • 297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure

or

  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator

Prerequisite experience:

  • Five or more years of hands-on experience with Windows Active Directory: installing, designing, configuring, and troubleshooting

  • Thorough understanding of Active Directory design and architecture

  • 300-level understanding of site component topology, forest operations and topology, the Active Directory distributed file system, file replication services, security, client interactions, and Group Policy

  • Basic understanding of Active Directory Certificate Services, Rights Management Services, Active Directory Federated Services, and ADAM/Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services

  • Functional skills in basic protocol analysis, Hyper-V, scripting, public key infrastructure (PKI), and IP addressing and routing

  • Ability to speak, understand, and write fluent English

Microsoft provided deep, hands-on, expert-to-expert training and rigorous examination to measure the knowledge and practical skills of Microsoft Certified Solutions Masters to ensure they had the skills required to reduce risks, improve effectiveness, and increase efficiency in delivering business productivity solutions.

The MCSM certification was created to validate an IT professional’s ability to design and build innovative solutions for complex on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid enterprise environments in specified technologies.

To be accepted into the MCSM certification program, MCSM candidates were required to earn an expert level certification for the associated technology. This helped validate their breadth of expertise in a specific Microsoft technology.

IT professionals who achieved an MCSM certification were required to pass the MCSM knowledge exam and the MCSM lab exam, which tested their ability to design and build innovative solutions for complex on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid enterprise environments.

Prerequisite experience:

  • Five or more years of hands-on experience installing, configuring, and troubleshooting one of the following technologies:

    • Exchange

    • SharePoint

    • Lync

    • SQL Server

  • One or more years of hands-on experience with the current version of the technology

  • Thorough understanding of the technology’s design and architecture

  • Thorough understanding of Active Directory, DNS, and other core network services related to the technology

  • Ability to speak, understand, and write fluent English

Those who achieved a Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certification distinguished themselves, due to their IT professional expertise, as among the highest-achieving professionals in the industry. This certification validated the proficiency of a technology architect who designed and delivered Microsoft IT solutions for enterprise customers and showcased their technical and leadership skills that surpassed those of their peers.

MCA certification candidates would have earned an MCM or MCSM for the associated technology before they were accepted for the MCA Board exam. This helped validate their in-depth expertise in a specific Microsoft technology.

IT professionals who achieved MCA certifications passed the MCA Board exam, which included a portfolio submission, multiple presentations, and an intensive Q&A with a panel of Microsoft Certified Architects on the MCA Review Board. During the MCA Board exam, the candidate was required to effectively display the six competencies of business acumen and technological proficiency.

Microsoft offered four MCA certifications:

  • MCA: Microsoft Messaging

  • MCA: Microsoft SharePoint

  • MCA: Microsoft SQL Server

  • MCA: Directory Services

Meet the masters

Microsoft has a significant community of MCMs and MCAs. Those who hold these industry-leading certifications live and work in many countries and regions, including the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. All have varied backgrounds, interests, and extensive experience. Consider connecting with these professionals for help with your project.

The following PDF files list individuals who have earned the corresponding certifications:

Note The lists within the PDF files are sorted by area, country/region, and name. Individuals have agreed to be listed here. Therefore, the lists do not represent the complete MCM and MCA communities. The country/region, name, and company information contained in the files above has been provided by the individuals listed therein and is subject to change. Microsoft makes no guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of any of the information contained in the tables above. In addition, Microsoft does not make any express or implied warranties or endorsements about these individuals or their services.