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Hi All I am looking to get a couple certs in Office 365 can someone tell me which courses are still relevant and which certs I can obtain?  I am looking for administration and deployment also support.
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Adam BrownCloud Security Consultant
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MS-100, MS-101 are the certs you need for the O365 MCSE equivalent (can't remember if they call it MCSE off hand). MS-500 is security cert. MS-900 is the fundamentals course. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/browse/?products=m365 has a full list of tests related to O365 (They're transitioning to calling it Microsoft 365...I think. Hard to tell these days).
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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Adam do they offer this here in courses?  I couldnt find it here or on CBTN
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https://www.experts-exchange.com/courses/2117/Office-365-Administration.html is probably the only one that will get you on the path to MS-100/101. I was able to get some training videos for MS-500 and MS-100/101 on Udemy, but I can't say I know of any other solutions.
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MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert Certification will be retired on January 31, 2021. Hence MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert Certification will not qualify as a pre-requisite option for Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert Certification after January 31, 2022 (1 year after MCSE is retired). 

Does this mean dont bother starting the track because MS is going to retire it?
Adam BrownCloud Security Consultant
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MCSE Productivity isn't part of Office 365 certification. It's an On-prem solutions certification for Windows Server with a mix of sharepoint, exchange, or skype for business. It's available as a prerequisite for MS 365 Expert certification mostly so previous MCSEs can use those passed tests to certify on O365. The Expert cert, like the MCSE before it, requires a qualifying Intermediate level certification. If you look at the list of certs from above, click on the MS365 expert certification entry, it will show you a list of qualifying per-requisites.
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OK so my understanding is the Expert Cert has replaced the MSCE.   Also you can not get an Expert cert just for Office 365 without having pre reqs.   And are those pre reqs going to be overhauled so starting now would be pointless?
Adam BrownCloud Security Consultant
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There are valid Intermediate certs that will act as prerequisites. The MD-100/101 combo should be around for a while, at least.
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The 100/101 are the certs you listed previously that I can do the full training here right? 
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Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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@Adam I have a CBTN account (I had CCNA thought Udemy) Why do they make this so confusing.   I am paying for here and CBTN and cant get any trainings I need :( but thank you for all your help.

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