Microsoft masters-level certifications validate the deepest level of product expertise, as well as the ability to design and build the most innovative solutions for complex on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid enterprise environments using Microsoft technologies.
The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification program has evolved into the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification program to better reflect the broader and deeper skills required to build solutions on-premises or in the cloud. If you’re new to the master-level certification program, we recommend you start by exploring our new MCSM certifications.
Note that the MCM training classes are no longer available. If you have taken a class and need to take or retake the exams for certification, contact the registration team at email@example.com. You will have until January 1, 2014 to take or retake your knowledge and lab exams for your MCM Directory, SQL, Exchange, and Lync certifications, and until August 1, 2013 for your MCM SharePoint certification. The MCM SQL and MCM Exchange certifications did not require students to attend a training class before taking the exams. When you are ready to register for an exam go to the MCM Registration portal.
If you have earned the most current version of the MCM certification, you will be granted into the MCSM program and awarded the equivalent MCSM Charter certification. All other MCMs must take the MCSM knowledge and lab exams to achieve MCSM certification, but will not be eligible for MCSM Charter status. The MCSM Charter certification will appear on your transcripts in May 2013. The MCSM Charter certification will not expire, just as the MCM certification will not expire. Individuals awarded the MCSM Charter certification will need to recertify by June 30, 2014, in order to obtain the equivalent MCSM certification, which will then remain active for three years. The prerequisite for the MCSM certification will be the MCSM Charter certification. If you are unable to complete the recertification by June 30, 2014, you will be considered a new candidate and must have all lower-level prerequisites active to qualify for the certification.
There are five MCM certifications:
Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft Lync Server 2010
Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Microsoft Certified Master: Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory
MCM certification is a prerequisite for all Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications.