Free Certification Renewals and certification expiration policy

Microsoft introduced the free certification renewals.

Starting March 2021, you’ll be able to renew your role-based and specialty certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn.

Certification renewal requirements

  • If you hold a valid Microsoft role-based or specialty certification that expires within approximately six months, you may renew it.
  • To renew your certification, pass the associated assessment on Microsoft Learn before your certification expires.

How to renew your certification

  • To identify which certifications are available for you to renew, visit your Certification Dashboard.
  • Ensure your certification profile is connected to your Docs profile on Microsoft Learn.
  • As soon as you’re eligible to renew, you will receive an email notification directing you to the assessment that will be available on Microsoft Learn.
  • When you pass the online assessment, your certification will be extended by one additional year from the current expiration date.
  • To help prepare for the assessment, advance your skills with a collection of free, self-paced learning modules. Explore available modules associated on the certification renewal page.

Changes to certification expiration policy

Starting Wednesday, June, 30 2021 @12am GMT (June, 29 2021 @5pm PT), any role-based or specialty certification earned will be valid for one year from the date you earned it. Any role-based and specialty certifications earned before June 2021 will remain valid for two years from the date you earned it.


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