Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

The globally recognised standard for IT professionals

Prove your ability to build innovative cloud and on-premises solutions across multiple technologies.

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Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

Do I need to recertify my MCSE and, if so, what are the requirements?

Yes, recertification is required. To recertify your MCSE certification, you must pass the applicable recertification exam once every three years.

Between August 2014 and March 2015, recertification exams will be released for all MCSE and MCSD specialities. Recertification exams will cover material from the exams taken to originally earn the credential, with particular emphasis on the most recent product and process changes. Recertification deadlines for all MCSE and MCSD credential holders will be examined and adjusted, if needed, to ensure that these individuals have at least 12 months to take and pass the recertification exam.

What is the difference between the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification and the old Microsoft Certified System Engineer certification?

The Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) certification focuses on the ability to design and build technology solutions, which may include integrating multiple technology products, and span multiple versions of a single technology, whether on-premises or in the cloud. The previous Microsoft Certified System Engineer certifications focused on a specific job role.

To find out more about the policies regarding expired exams and inactive certifications, see the list of withdrawn certifications.

What happens to my withdrawn Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification?

The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification will remain on your transcript and may be designated a "legacy" certification.

Note: This technology is no longer supported by Microsoft’s mainstream support. We recommend you pursue a certification on current technology.

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