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Microsoft Certified Master program killed

The Certified Master and Architect community was collectively notified Friday, August 30, at 10PM PST that the Certified Master (MCM/MCSM) and Certified Architect (MCA) programs are dead.  The email transcript has been reported by Neil Johnson.  For those of you who are already in the process of earning the certification, you have until October 1, 2013 to complete your certification.  No new members will be allowed into the Certified Master/Architect community after retirement.  Those who hold one of these certs will continue to hold the credential and will not be required to recertify the credential in the future.

More info:

Is the Master Certification Dead or Will it be Born Again?

Microsoft killed MCM/MCSM/MCA certifications

So Long MCM

Microsoft Certified Mayhem

Connect item: Please don’t get rid of the MCM and MCA programs

Retiring the Microsoft Master certifications and training

Retiring of the MCM Certifications

Master Certification Cancelled MCM MCSM MCA

RIP Microsoft MCA\MCM certification programs

Are Microsoft Losing Friends and Alienating IT Pros?

Microsoft Certified Systems Master certification now dead

Microsoft is retiring the MCSM/MCA Program…

Ain’t Nobody [at Microsoft Learning] Got Time For That

Once an MCM always an MCM

Microsoft Advanced Certification (MCA, MCSM, MCM) – the end of an era

Microsoft shut down MCM/MCSM/MCA programs–my recap #msmcm

The #SQLMCM is Dead, but the Experiments Go On

Rare Species, Extinction and the MCM

It’s not you; it’s us

Microsoft Learning kills MCM and MCA accreditations

MICROSOFT CERTIFIED MASTERS: WHAT PROBLEM WERE THEY TRYING TO SOLVE?

Microsoft drops top Masters certification for tech pros

Redmond’s certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

We can handle the truth

Death of the MCM program

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