Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Heads up about Project certifications

Hi dear Project experts,

You recognize those logos? Have them, want them?
We are all convinced that having Project certifications is definitely a plus in order to be recognized as Project experts and are required to be Microsoft certified as a company. Moreover, it assures to our customers that we know what we are doing. Off the record, this is not always the case and not all certified professionals are Project expert, but this is another subject...

Anyway, I'm here today to give you a quick heads up on the new certification plan for Project. We had a good summary by Yuval Stern on the Yammer group, but since not all of you might have the information, here is what you need to know about the new plan.

  • Exam 74-343 "Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013" will be retired and replaced by Exam 70-348 "Managing Projects and Portfolios with Microsoft PPM". The beta version is accessible here.
  • Exam 70-331 "Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013" will be retired and replaced by Exam 70-339 "Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016". This one is a tuff one.
  • Please note that Exam 74-343 "Managing Projects with Microsoft Project" retains the same exam code and has been refreshed for better alignment with the latest Project client version. Good news if you already have it, it is still applicable!
Another good news? You can follow 2 free trainings on MS Project and Project Online through EDX, the Microsoft training partner. 

I've not been following the training but I had the feedback that they are pretty complete and well organized.

Get certified! 

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  1. Good to know that 74-343 remain the same and still applicable. Do you Know if we will have to retake it again to maintain it.

    1. Hi Mehdi. No need to retake it, you have, you have it, it is still applicable!

  2. Awesome, thanks for the head up, I will pass the 348 pretty soon and will feedback on it!

    1. Good Jérôme! Note that as a Microsoft Silver/Gold PPM Partner, you can request on the Yammer group a voucher for a 25% discount.