MS Enhanced Transcripts and Certificates

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be updating our certification transcripts and certificates, and you’ll probably notice some small but in some cases significant changes. For the full scoop and a sneak peek at the new look, keep reading!

Changes to Transcripts

Based on customer feedback, we’re consolidating the certifications on your transcripts, uniquely identifying each of them, and adding an inactive date where appropriate. I’ll explain in detail, but first let’s do a before-and-after comparison:

Old Transcript

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New Transcript

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Notice how clean the new transcript looks on the right with certifications consolidated by track (MCITP, MCTS, MCSA: Security). This should make your transcript much easier for you, your clients and employers to read and understand.

Next, notice how we’ve organized all the various versions of, for example, MCTS underneath the “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist” heading. Again, that’s to make the transcript easier to follow. We call the top-level boldface certifications your “certification tracks,” and the different flavors underneath are your individual “certifications.” In the example above, “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist” is a certification track with two certifications (“SQL Server 2005” and “Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuration” underneath it.

Now some new pieces of information we are adding for each certification include:

1. Technology – This is the version of the product you’re certified on, for example Windows Server 2008.

2. Certification Number – This is like a serial number, uniquely identifying each certification you earn. It’s not your MCP ID—that’s your personal identifier—and it’s not the same thing as an exam number either. Someone else who earns the exact same certification will still have their own unique certification number—no two certification numbers are alike. (In case you’re wondering, certification numbers will be randomly generated—there’s no rhyme or reason to the numbers assigned). We’re adding this field because it’s required for our ISO 17024 certification (yes, even certification programs can be certified themselves!), but the cool thing about it is that it gives us the potential to modify our transcript sharing tool down the line so that you can enable people to verify an individual certification without sharing your entire transcript (but that’s in the future).

3. Inactive Date – This is a big change: many of our certifications now feature an “inactive date” which signifies either that your certification is no longer in mainstream demand, that Microsoft no longer supports the product on which the certification is based, or that you have not met recertification requirements (if any). You won’t always see this field on your transcript—only if and when we’ve determined an inactive date for that certification. For affected certifications, you’ll start seeing inactive dates show up in June. (You can find more information on inactive dates here.)

Let’s take a moment to discuss the Inactive Date, because I’m sure that some of you are reading that phrase and thinking “that’s Microsoft-speak for decertification date.” It isn’t—in fact, even if all of your certifications go inactive, you’ll still have access to your MCP benefits, and your inactive certifications will still appear on your transcript. All that’s changing is that we’re signaling to you, your clients, and employers that these particular certifications have outlived their market relevance. Just to clarify what we mean by market relevance is that in most cases Microsoft isn't even supporting the technology through mainstream support. In other cases, it may be that the way that the technology was used (many years ago or with cloud it could even be a few months ago) when it was first released has changed, because we all know that technology is ever evolving and changing at such a rapid pace. This means the certification may have validated how to use the technology in a different way and since then we have not re-validated the skills necessary to use the technology in the market.

Changes to Certificates

We’re making three small changes to our certificates, two of which mirror the changes we’re making to the transcripts, specifically the certification number and inactive date. However, we’re also adding a new piece of information that’s on your transcript today but not on your certificate: your certification achievement date. In other words, your certificate will now display the date on which you earned your certification. See below for an example of what this will look like:

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If you’ve already printed or ordered your certificates, that’s fine—there’s no need for you to print or order replacements. (You can if you want to, of course, but the standard shipping fees apply if you choose to order one.) Just like with the transcripts, you’ll see these new changes in April (with the exception of the Inactive Dates, which will begin populating in June).

So that’s the complete rundown of what’s changing… so what do you think? We’d love to read your feedback, so please share it below!


  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Am I being daft now ? The transcripts look like that for at least two years now ?!?
    My own knowledge base made public: :p
  • Dr ITDr IT Member Posts: 351 ■■■■□□□□□□
    They Look much better but i am bit worried about the incative date which might be a big draw-back with some Hiring Managers who would think that the Certificate has expired where as the product line is not supported

    Any body would agree on this ?
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  • za3bourza3bour Member Posts: 1,062 ■■■■□□□□□□
    there are some really angry comments on the expire/inactive thing they have. I don't know how you can expired a certificate because of the support of that product? I'm sure a lot of confusing. One thing you can do now is to try to finish all your exams before June get the certificate (old format) and you'll be fine.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Oh the inactive date - didn't notice that .. WTF ?
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  • ehndeehnde Member Posts: 1,103
    I don't see what the big deal is. An inactive date for Server 2003 beginning 2013 seems to me like it would simply be no longer mainstream. Server 2012 will have been out for at least a year and they'll be dropping support for 2003. It would be like where Server 2000 is at right now.
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  • ClaymooreClaymoore Member Posts: 1,637
    There is a heated argument on Born to Learn over the semantics of Expired vs Retired vs Inactive as it relates to old certs. I think Inactive is the least innocuous choice.

    So the cert is moved to the Inactive section when the product is out of extended support? Fine by me, that's at least 10 years according to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Next time don't wait until the product is 9 years old before you decide to certify in it.

    I don't care about the new certificates because I don't print or display them. I think the Active/Inactive sections clutter up the transcript, but that's a minor complaint. I have only been asked for my transcript a couple of times when I accepted positions at different partners. HR at those partners understood MS certifications and wouldn't be surprised at the new transcript format.

    How many of you had to submit your MS transcript as part of the application process? Are you worried about HR being confused about Inactive certs in those cases?
  • RomBUSRomBUS Member Posts: 699 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I like the new look

    So it will display what certification it think's your going after? Does it do that or I dont know what Im talking about
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I like the overall look of the new format. It's nice and clean with detail
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