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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.

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Are Microsoft Losing Friends and Alienating IT Pros?

Microsoft Certified Systems Master certification now dead

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

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The #SQLMCM is Dead, but the Experiments Go On

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It’s not you; it’s us

Microsoft Learning kills MCM and MCA accreditations


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Redmond’s certification chief explains death of MCM and MCA

We can handle the truth

Death of the MCM program


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