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Developer, DBA Exams to Be Decommissioned June 2004

Microsoft plans to retire 11 exams next year, with the majority affecting the MCSD and MCDBA tracks.

Microsoft announced on its Web site that it's retiring 11 exams, many of which are key exams for the MCSD and MCDBA on SQL 2000 titles (see table below for list of exams and affected certifications).

As has been its policy, Microsoft typically announces exam retirements once a year, in June, and pulls the exam off the market the following year. As has also been the policy since October 2001, the company doesn't require that titleholders recertify in order to maintain certification status.

Last year, Microsoft announced retirement of nine elective exams, many of which were part of the requirements list for the MCSE on Windows NT 4.0 and MCSE on Windows 2000 tracks (see "Exams Retiring at End of June" in the News archive). Those nine exams are no longer available as of the end of this month.

Exams Retiring on
June 30, 2004
MCSD MCDBA SQL 2000 MCSE (NT 4.0, Win2K)
70-015: Designing, Implementing Distributed Applications with Visual C++ 6.0
C,E
E
x

70-016: Designing, Implementing Desktop Applications with Visual C++ 6.0

C,E
x
x

70-019: Designing, Implementing Data Warehouses with SQL Server 7.0

E
E
E
70-028: Administering SQL Server 7.0
x
C
E(1)
70-029: Designing, Implementing Databases with SQL Server 7.0
E
C
E(1)
70-100: Analyzing Requirements, Defining Solution Architectures
C
x
x
70-152: Designing, Implementing Web Solutions with Visual InterDev 6.0
C(2)
x
x
70-155: Designing, Implementing Distributed Applications with Visual FoxPro 6.0
C,E
E
x
70-156: Designing, Implementing Distributed Applications with Visual FoxPro 6.0
C,E
x
x
70-175: Designing, Implementing Distributed Applications with Visual Basic 6.0
C,E
E
x

70-176: Designing, Implementing Desktop Applications with Visual Basic 6.0

C,E
x
x
Notes: C=core requirement for track; E=elective; (1) also elective for MCSE+I; (2) also an elective for MCP+Site Building.

For more about Microsoft's exam retirement policy, go to http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcpexams/status/retired.asp.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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