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Note This certification will be withdrawn on 31 March 2017. When the certification is withdrawn, all individuals whose transcripts list this certification as active on or after 26 September 2016 will retain the active status.
Find out about the replacement certification, MCSE: Productivity.
Validate your expertise in creating a consistent communications experience for your organisation and in connecting your colleagues to people around the world.
Earning an MCSE: Communication certification will qualify you for a position in network and computer systems administration.
New exams covering Skype for Business are now incorporated into the MCSE: Communication credential. The new exams replace Lync Exam 336 and Exam 337, which are scheduled to retire soon after the Skype for Business exams are released. For more information, view the frequently asked questions, or see the lists of withdrawn exams and withdrawn certifications.
|Step||Title||Optional training||Required exam||Certification earned|
|1||Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements||Take course 347||Take exam 346|
|2||Enabling Office 365 Services||Take course 347||Take exam 347|
|3||Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015||Take course 409||Take exam 333|
|4||Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015||Take course 334||Take exam 334|
- Additional options
You can substitute an MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification for the MCSA: Office 365 certification.
You can also earn your MCSE: Communication with the following substitute exams, provided that you have already earned a qualifying MCSA credential:
- If you have already passed Exam 336: Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (now retired), you can substitute it for Exam 334: Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015.
- If you have already passed Exam 337: Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (now retired), you can substitute it for Exam 333: Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015.
- How to upgrade to the MCSE: Communication certification
You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSE: Communication certification.
- MCSA: Windows Server 2008
- MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
- MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
- MCITP: Lync Server Administrator 2010
- MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
- MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7
Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned 1 Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 Take course 417 Take exam 417 2 Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015 Not yet available Take exam 333 3 Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business 2015 Take course 334 Take exam 334
- How to recertify your MCSE: Communication certification
If you currently hold an MCSE: Communication certification and your three-year recertification date is approaching, there are two options for recertification.
Option 1: Recertify by taking this exam:
Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned Recertification for MCSE: Communication Take exam 384
Option 2: Recertify through Microsoft Virtual Academy.
Frequently asked questions
The following questions specifically address the MCSE: Communication certification. Visit the certification overview or exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.
- Is my MCSE: Communication certification still valuable even though I earned it by passing Lync exams?
Yes. Skype for Business builds on Lync's features and functionality. The Lync exams provide you with a solid foundation for your Skype for Business implementation. See what's new in Skype for Business.
- Will there be a Skype for Business upgrade exam for those who have already completed both Lync exams?
No. Once you've earned your MCSE: Communication certification you cannot re-earn it. You can, however, keep it current through recertification. Find training courses to gain some Skype for Business skills.
- Does this change the recertification process?
No. Holders of the MCSE: Communication credential are still required to recertify every three years. Recertification is a great way to ensure that you stay current in the latest technology, such as Skype for Business.