As the release of Microsoft Windows 10 is nearing, Microsoft is gearing up for Windows 10 certifications. Microsoft has announced that the current Microsoft Certified Professionals holding their MCSA Windows 8.1 certification will get a free chance to upgrade their current certification to Windows 10. If you do not hold Windows 8.1 MCSA certification at the moment, or if you have older MCSA certification like Windows 7 or even Windows XP, you can register for Windows 8.1 MCSA exam right now. After you earn Windows 8.1 MCSA certification, you will be eligible for a free chance to give Windows 10 MCSA exam for free.
The eligibility to get one free chance of Windows 10 MCSA certification exam is fairly simple. To get a free change, you must hold Windows 8.1 MCSA certification currently. Only professionals who hold windows 8.1 certification are eligible. If you do not hold Windows 8.1 certification at the moment, you can schedule your exams and you must pass both the 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1 and 70-688: Supporting Windows 8.1 during February 15 and May 31, 2015. If you hold older certifications like MCSA Windows XP or MCSA Windows 7, you will have to upgrade your certification to Windows 8.1. You will have to pass exam 70-692 if you hold Windows XP certification or exam 70-689 if you hold Windows 7 certification.
Once you earn your Windows 8.1 certification before May 31, 2015, you will get one chance to appear for Windows 10 MCSA (Exam 697) exam for free once it become available, most probably in second half of 2015. Once exam 697 is available, sign in to Microsoft and then you can schedule it for free. You must take your Windows 10 exam before May 31, 2016. Which means you have one year to use free chance to upgrade your Windows 8.1 certification to Windows 10.
For more details, visit Microsoft official page here.
It is worth mentioning that Microsoft is offering a free second shot on all certifications. Which means if you give your MCP exam before May 31, 2015 and if you fail, you will get a chance to retake the exam for free (second shot). For more information on second shot, click here.
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