Upgrading your MCITP to 2013 (MCSE)

When I started thinking about my career goals for 2013 one of them is to upgrade my MCITP: Enterprise Messaging (2010) to MCSE: Messaging (2013). When I started to research the exams that I need to complete I saw a requirement that wasn’t there for previous MCITP certifications. In order to be certified as MCSE: Messaging or Communications you must have your MCSA for 2012. The MCSA 2012 involves passing 3 tests (70-410, 70-411, and 70-412). When I saw this my first thought was….ehhhhh! Then I read further down and I saw that I could expand “How to upgrade to the MCSE: Messaging certification (see below). After clicking on “Upgrading your skills to MCSE Windows Server 2012” I found that if you have your MCITP you can gain your MCSA 2012 with a single test (70-417). See the image below that shows the requirements for taking the 70-417 test.

After you have achieved your MCSA 2012 you can then take 2 tests and get your MCSE. The tests for both Messaging and Communication (Lync) have hyperlinks below so you can review what is involved in gaining these certifications. I have completed my MCSA 2012 and my first Exchange 2013 test (70-341) and I will tell you it seems the difficulty level of Microsoft certifications is definitely going up. In my opinion that is a good thing. If anyone is interested (comments here or send me an email) I can do a write-up on each certification test. Good Luck!!!

MCSE Messaging

  1. Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (70-341)
  2. Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 (70-342)

MCSE Communications

  1. Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (70-336)
  2. Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (70-337)


Comments (7)

  1. @Mark – Yes I completed both my MCSE Messaging and MCSE Communications. Yes the advanced is probably more difficult and overall the difficulty level has gone up.

  2. @Vaibhav – Yes the order doesn't matter but you wont get the MCSE: Messaging certification until the 417 is in the system.

  3. Vaibhav P says:


    Can I give exchange 2013 exams first and then the Exam 417 or it has to be in order to get MCSE-Messaging certification? I already have MCITP-Exchange 2010 certification.



  4. mahmoud elfeky says:

    i have Mcitp server admin how can i ubgrade to mcse

    i know that the exams of mcitp will be off in 30-6-2013 thats right>?

  5. Mark Grogan says:

    Hi Richard, Did you end up doing the 342 exam also?
    I’ve been having no luck with 341 and was wondering if 342 was another step up again in difficulty.
    I praise the level of skills required to do these exams now, but 341 sure is brutal!

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