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Azure Architecture Exam 70-534 is Retired and Replaced with 70-535 Exam

Posted on: November 16, 2017 by Chris Pietschmann

Since the introduction of the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-534) certification exam in early 2015, Microsoft has periodically updated the exam objectives to match the ever changing landscape of Microsoft Azure. Over the last year there’s been an increase pace in updated and new feature additions to the Microsoft Azure platform of services, and this means the 70-534 exam needs to be updated even further to stay current. As a result. the large amount of updates necessary has prompted Microsoft to decide to retire the 70-534 exam and replace it with a new exam instead.

The new exam that will be replacing the 70-534 exam is exam number 70-535 and will have the exact same name of “Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions”. The objectives list for the new 70-535 exam is approximately 30% different than what 70-534 was. This fairly significant amount of change to the exam is what prompted Microsoft to retire and replace the exam, rather than just perform a simple update as was done previously. This is being done in an attempt to reduce the amount of confusion over recognizing the skillset of those who have passed the older 70-534 exam objectives, versus those who have passed the new updated exam objectives.

In a year we’ll all be familiar with the 70-535, but for now there are quite a few questions from many different people. To clear up the confusion, here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding this Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam update/change process.

How long will the 70-534 exam be available?

Microsoft is retiring the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam on November 30, 2017. After November 30th, the 70-534 exam will no longer be available for registration to take. If you are still looking to take/pass the 70-534 exam, then you need to get your exam time registered before November 30, 2017.

The 70-534 exam itself will be fully retired on December 31, 2017.

When will the new 70-535 exam be available?

The new 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solution certification exam will be available for registration on November 30, 2017. If you are looking to take/pass the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam after November 30, 2017 then you’ll need to be sure to study the new exam objectives for the 70-535 exam.

Where can I find current study materials for the 7-535 exam?

First you’ll need to look over and read through the 70-535 exam objectives from Microsoft (see the next faq). Then, you can use many of the courses (both instructor-led and on-demand) from Opsgility, as well as our many hands-on labs.

Where can I find the exam objectives for the 70-535 exam?

Microsoft has published the 70-535 exam objectives at the following url:

Rather than printing out the objectives list, you’ll want to refer to this link throughout your studies, since Microsoft may change the objectives once the exam is officially released on November 30, 2017.

What MCSA and MCSE certification will 70-535 exam count towards?

The 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam is a replacement for the old 70-534 exam. As a result, the 70-535 exam will count towards as a replacement for the same MCSA, MCSE, and MCSE certifications. If you were planning on earning an MCSA and/or MCSE certification, then you can just substitute taking/passing the 70-535 exam instead; if you haven’t already passed 70-534 yet.

What happens to my MCSA or MCSE certification after 70-534 is retired?

If you’ve already passed the 70-534 exam, then you will retain credit towards the MCSA and/or MCSE certifications that you’ve already earned. With 70-534 being retired, you will NOT lose any certifications you’ve already earned.

When you earn an MCSE certification is remains current for the current year. In order to keep your MCSE current you are required to take/pass an elective exam to renew it the following year. This renewal structure is nothing new, and has been in place since November 2016.

Will the 70-534 exam still count towards an MCSE and MCSA certifications after November 30?

If you’ve already earned an MCSE then you will not lose your certification. However, if you’ve already passed the 70-534 and are looking to take another exam(s) to upgrade to an MCSA or MCSE certification, then it’s a little fuzzy at the moment. Microsoft has not announced how long they will count your already passed 70-534 exam towards new MCSA and MCSE certifications. With MCSE renewal being an annual process requiring you to take an elective exam each year to stay current, it appears that Microsoft will likely still count your 70-534 passing score towards MCSA and MCSE certifications throughout 2018. Although, we’ll have to wait for Microsoft to make an official statement on this to know for certain. We’ll see…

When I pass 70-535, how do I know Microsoft wont retire that one on me too?

Microsoft certification exams generally remain current for 1 or 2 years at minimum. That stated, Microsoft has announced plans to update the certification exams every 3 months to keep up pace with Microsoft Azure. It seems fairly certain that you’ll be able to rely on the 70-535 certification exam being active for at least 2 years. In comparison, the 70-534 exam was active for almost 3 years itself.


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