Microsoft retires exam 70-534 and replaces with a new exam 70-535 (tentative name)


Microsoft Certified Professional program continually reviews their current and planned certifications to ensure that certifications reflect the latest Microsoft technologies. If you have been following all the Azure Updates https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates that are released daily, you know a lot has changed in Azure since the 70-534 exam was released.

At Ignite we heard that because of Azure updates releasing so often, Microsoft is going to start updating their Azure exams every three months. This started with 70-532 and 70-533 being updated currently. Continuing that pattern Microsoft has just updated the 70-534 learning page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-534.aspx stating they are retiring this exam and replacing it with a new exam with new objectives. Microsoft has tentatively named this new exam 70-535. You can find those objectives in this PDF http://download.microsoft.com/download/B/9/1/B91A0CE0-9786-4B81-8937-315F63E13910/Architecting_Microsoft_Azure_Solutions_11302017.pdf.

I do not recommend downloading the PDF as Microsoft already stated they will be updating the Azure objectives every 3 months or as needed. Rather, bookmark the Microsoft Learning link above, as that is where they announce these changes.

What does this mean for those of us that have passed the 70-534 exam?

Microsoft does not clearly state how long they will grandfather that exam to count towards the MCSA or MCSE. In previous changes such as this Microsoft has given us a significant amount of time to take the new test. However, I have reviewed the new objectives, and I would recommend you plan on preparing for and taking this new test when it releases.

What does this mean for those of you that were studying for 70-534 and have not taken the exam?

The objectives are listed, so you can start studying for this now. This new exam is focusing more on what customer's need and are doing with Azure, like cloud migrations and hybrid cloud solutions that include knowledge on operational knowledge, like Azure Log Analytics, Azure Monitor, and alerting through Application Insights. This change is for the better, helping to ensure you know how to monitor and support it after the design and solution is deployed.

Comments (2)

  1. Mmklopez says:

    That’s devastating news. This is a BAD MOVE by Microsoft. These types of announcements make us NOT want to take another Microsoft exam ever again!!!

    While it is perfectly fine for Microsoft to periodically update the objectives within the 70-534 architect exam, it is NOT OK for Microsoft to retire it. My suggestion is to do the necessary updates within but continue to call this architect exam 70-534, eternally.

    Microsoft Azure has three perfectly aligned Azure certification exams for dev (532), management (533), and architect (534) that cover the wide spectrum of the Azure cloud platform. These exam names and designated numbers are highly recognizable internationally. By “retiring” and creating new numbering, you are messing with what is already good and causing unnecessary CONFUSION and FRUSTRATION!

    I feel BAD for people who have taken the 534 exam recently or are scheduled to take this exam in the next two months because by the time they are done, all their hard work is already “retired” (down the toilet).

    HUGE THUMBS DOWN for “70-535”. Long live 70-534!

    Thanks for listening, Microsoft!

    1. There is no waste. I took the 534 exam 1.5 years ago, and it will still stay crediting towards a path for a while. I think you are misunderstanding. As of that date you will not be able to take the old 534 exam anymore, but it still counts towards a certification path. How long it will count, we don’t know as Microsoft has not said. In the past they have allowed retired exams to count for years. So the key take away here is if you have *not* taken the 534 exam yet and were planning to, you should just start studying for the 535 exam instead. Thanks.

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