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Microsoft Certification Expiration Changes for 2021

Last Thursday I sat and passed with a score of 906 my Power Platform PL-200 exam. For me this was a great achievement, I studied hard and got a great result. But when I received my certificate I noticed the certification expired in one year and not in two years like I expected.

Before this exam I had completed Microsoft Fundamental exams which do not have an expiry.

The PL-200 exam is a specialty certification and previously, Microsoft's role-based and specialty certifications expired after two years. You would then have to retake the exam(s) to get recertified. But things have changed.

Starting in June 2021, Microsoft changed that role-based and specialty certifications are valid for one year, but they can be renewed online for free. The renewal window begins six months before the certification expires and during this time before the certification expires, you can take a free online assessment.

So no matter when you renew your certification within the six-month renewal window, the certification validity will be extended one year from its initial expiration. (For example, if you earned your certification like me in December 2021 and you passed your free renewal assessment in July 2022 (at the very beginning of your renewal window) your certification would now be valid until December 2023.

The other great news is that you can retake your assessment as many times as you need to pass. You just have to pass it before your certification expires. But don't let your certification expire, because once its expired you need to sit the certification exam again.

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