Amid COVID-19, Microsoft has taken various steps to ensure the well-being of its customers and help them to learn and get certified on Microsoft technologies. Hence, all remaining exams associated with Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), will retire on January 31, 2021.
To better align with industry trends, Microsoft is focusing its training programs on role-based certifications.
If you are working towards an MCSA, MCSE, or MCSD certifications, you would want to pass all required exams before they retire. All active MCSA, MCSE, MCSD certifications will remain active for two years from the date of achievement.
With the retirement date for these certifications within sight, there are two options: continue what you've started and complete your current certification path or if you aren't very far along you can switch paths and pursue one of the new role-based certifications.
Either way, you will have a valuable credential that will validate your understanding and expertise on Microsoft technologies. All Microsoft certifications remain active for two years from the date achieved.