MCSE: Messaging

Solutions Expert

The globally recognised standard for IT professionals

Note: This certification retired on March 31, 2017. Find out about the replacement certification, MCSE: Productivity.

This page is being retained for reference purposes only. This information is not being updated so may no longer be accurate. Exams formerly associated with this certification have been included as components of the replacement certification where appropriate.

Validate your ability to move your company to the cloud, increase user productivity and flexibility, reduce data loss, and improve data security for your organisation.

Earning an MCSE: Messaging certification will qualify you for a position in network and computer systems administration.

A new exam covering Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 is now incorporated into the MCSE: Messaging credential. The new exam (345) provides an alternate path to earning the MCSE through Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 exams 341 and 342.

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Managing Office 365 Identities and RequirementsTake course 347Take exam 346MCSE: Messaging
2Enabling Office 365 ServicesTake course 347Take exam 347

After successfully completing steps 1 and 2, you'll earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Office 365 certification.

3Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Take course 345-1

Take course 345-2

Take exam 345

This MCSE certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every three years.

Additional options

You can substitute an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification for the MCSA: Office 365 certification.

You can also earn your MCSE: Messaging through the following two exams, provided that you have already earned a qualifying MCSA credential:

How to upgrade to the MCSE: Messaging certification
  • You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSE: Messaging certification.
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualisation Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
  • MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange 2010
  • MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7
StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012Take course 417Take exam 417MCSE: Messaging
2Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Take course 345-1

Take course 345-2

Take exam 345

The lifespan of a certification varies, based on certification track and certification technology. See lists ofretired exams andretired certifications.

How to recertify your MCSE: Messaging certification

If you currently hold an MCSE: Messaging certification and your three-year recertification date is approaching, there are two options for recertification.

Option 1: Recertify by taking this exam:

TitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
Recertification for MCSE: Messaging

Take course 341

Take course 342

Take exam 385MCSE: Messaging

Option 2: Recertify through Microsoft Virtual Academy.


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