Latest news regarding Dynamics 365 FO exams and certifications(Last Updated On: June 27, 2019)
It is necessary to differentiate between Dynamics 365 FO exams and certifications. Passing an exam or two or whatever leads to a certification; it is, however, two different things and so is the lifecycle.
There are a few misunderstandings around (including my own), and Microsoft doesn’t really provide much help…
It is true that MB6-895 and MB6-896 exams are – at the moment – slated for retirement end August 2019. The date has already been changed once, and it might change again. At least, I note that the related courseware is postponed yet again.
However, as far as I know, the certifications do not retire just yet. As I remember it, Microsoft standard point of view for retiring certifications is that the certification is retired, when the technology is retired. This will probably also be true for partner compliance, but then you know Microsoft…
As an example, please note – some of – my own current transcript. The ones for AX 2012 are still Active (the ones for prior technologies like AX 2009 have gone), and the MB-3?? are not graded yet, being in BETA.
New Financial and Supply Chain certificates require 7 days (probably)
Please do note that for the new certification Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Financials Functional Consultant Associate, two tests must be passed: The core MB-300 (exam class MB-300) and the functional MB-310 (exam class MB-310).
Similarly, for the new certification Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Supply Chain Functional Consultant Associate, two tests must be passed: The core MB-300 (exam class MB-300) and the functional MB-330 (exam class MB-330).
New Manufacturing certificates require 7 days (probably)
For the first time with D365FO, a Manufacturing certification is available. For the Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate, two tests must be passed: The core MB-300 (exam class MB-300) and the functional MB-320 (exam class MB-320).
The new MB-3?? are harder than the old MB6-8??
Since the exam MB-300 is a really tough cookie, and the exams MB-310 or MB-330 are no walks in the park either, we still have quite a few people wanting to pass the good old MB6-895 and MB6-896. Rumours and facts have found their way to the market (despite Microsoft being pretty hard on people sharing NDA stuff).
The new tests are currently beta, and results/grades are not given until the finish of the beta. After that, we would normally experience an adjustment phase, before the final exams are released. So probably August/September – as indicated by the “August 31” retirement date for the current exams MB6-895 and MB6-896.
My take: It will be much harder and require more training to get certified after August 31 (or whatever the final retirement date will be), and the old certifications will still be valid for years.
Old ones will be valid – join classes while you can
We do in fact experience a growing interest in participating in our certification classes MB6-895 and MB6-896. We continue to offer training for as long as students can actually do the tests MB6-895 and MB6-896. Last open ones have passed by, but we still do closed/company classes – including on-premise.
More details about the new D365FO exams and certifications
Example of the new certification badges