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MCSE SharePoint 2013 Certification Also Requires Proficiency In Windows Server 2012
by Ashok Raja T 29. November 2012 23:49

The new SharePoint 2013 certification MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solution Expert) announced by Microsoft requires Windows Server 2012 certification as a pre-requisite. To gain SharePoint MCSE certification one has to pass MCSA  : Windows Server 2012 Examination apart from couple of exams on Solutions of SharePoint Server 2013.

MCSE : SharePoint 2013

To earn your SharePoint 2013 MCSE certification you have to complete the below exams.


1.  MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solution Associate ) : Windows Server 2012 exam

2. Exam 70-331 : Core Solutions of Microsoft Share Point Server 2013

3. Exam 70-332 : Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

MCSA : Windows Server 2012

MCSA certification for Windows Server 2012 requires the below exams to be passed


1. Exam 70-410 : Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

2. Exam 70-411 : Administering Windows Server 2012

3. Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Upgrade Option

There is also an upgrade option available for the candidates who have already passed any one of the qualifying exams. Those candidates need not to write the above mentioned exams (70-410, 70-411, 70-412) instead  they have to clear Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

MCSA Upgrade

Candidates who posses certification on any one of the below examinations are eligible for Upgrade Option

MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCITP: Virtualization Administrator
MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator
MCITP: Lync Server Administrator
MCITP: SharePoint Administrator
MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

Exam Availability

As of now all the MCSA exams are available to be taken. But the SharePoint 2013 exams (70-331 and 70-332) are scheduled to be available by February 2013.

To know more about the skills measured and preparation materials visit this page.

Second Shot

Much awaited second shot offers are back.  If you are not able to clear the exam in first attempt , now you can retake your exam second time with out any charge. This is a limited period offer available world wide and it also come with an extra savings of 15% and above if you register for more than one exam. To get more details on Second Shot and offer details , check out this page available in Microsoft's website.

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