Latest news Dynamics 365 FO exams and certifications(Last Updated On: November 15, 2019)
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New exam (beta) announced for December 31
New certification announced – an Expert one
This requires passing the above-mentioned exam MB-700 that will not be available until December 31 – and then only in beta. So I wouldn't expect anyone obtaining this first Expert certification until March/April 2020. In fact, we have planned our first MB-700 exam class in March 2020 for the very same reason.
Surely one fine addition to any Dynamics worker CV!
New betas released October 31
Exam MB-500: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer might be the replacement for MB6-894 (due to retire end 2019). MB-500 was released on October 31 as beta and is part of the new certification Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer Associate, along with the MB-300 Core (as expected).
If this is the only dedicated D365FO developer exam, is yet to be seen. Once again, I wonder about the naming conventions here, as Microsoft late October changed the common name of FO to separate app names of F and the SCM. probably not the last of this never-ending name game.
Another interesting exam, though not directly aimed at D365FO (or whatever) is Exam MB-400: Microsoft PowerApps + Dynamics 365 Developer. MB-400 was released on October 31 as beta and is part of the new certification Microsoft Certified: PowerApps + Dynamics 365 Developer Associate, along with the Exam MB-200: Microsoft Power Platform + Dynamics 365 Core.
Due to retire end 2019: MB6-894 Development, MB6-897 Retail, MB6-898 Talent
As I have predicted some time ago (one of the easier calls), Microsoft is retiring the rest of the old D365FO exams.
This is scheduled to happen end 2019. But as with other retirements, it might be postponed – due to exams not being ready. Currently, my guess is that they will indeed live into next year, as I haven't seen any trace of the new exams, and certainly no beta available yet.
When the new MB-3xx were underway. betas were available some 4 months ahead of the retirement of the old ones. So, if this is true once again, MB6-894 Development, MB6-897 Retail, MB6-898 Talent will live well into the new year.
But as usual with Microsoft, purely guessing…
Will the new ones be harder than the retiring ones?
Based on our findings from the new MB-3xx released late this summer, the new exams will surely be harder to pass!
We expect any new exams, replacing the retiring ones, to be 180-210 minutes, indicating the difficulty. Don't be mislead by the apparently low number of questions, like 30-50.
My take: It will be much harder and require more training to get certified after December 1 (or whatever the final retirement date will be), and the old certifications will still be valid for years. Luckily, we still have training in exam classes for the old exams coming up soon. Click for more information about our exam classes MB6-894 Development, Extensions, Deployment (the class Oct 21-25 is a confirmed GO!), MB6-897 Retail and MB6-898 Talent.
The difference between exams and certifications
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…
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 transcripts. 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 (at least)
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 (at least)
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??
The exam MB-300 is a really tough cookie, and the exams MB-310, MB-320 and MB-330 are no walks in the park either. Rumours and facts have found their way to the market (despite Microsoft being pretty hard on people sharing NDA stuff). Exam duration is now 180-210 minutes, indicating the difficulty. Don't be mislead by the apparently low number of questions, like 30-50.
More details about the new D365FO exams and certifications
Exam class: Exam MB-400: Microsoft Power Apps + Dynamics 365 Developer
Exam MB-500: Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer
Example of the new exam and certification badges