Retiring MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations

Blog-free summer has passed and new Dynamics CRM certifications have been obtained. But as I was researching which Dynamics CRM exams were retiring (as to not take an exam on a certification that will retire in 3 months), I noticed that the only “SureStep” exam is scheduled to retire at the end of 2016. But what will happen if it retires?

To be specific, this is the MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations exam which has been around for quite a while (In September 2013 Microsoft retired exam MB5-858 and replaced it with MB5-705and it is even a requirement if your company wants to obtain a silver or gold competency.

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So this has me wondering about the consequences of this retirement. Is there a new certification in the making or will this requirement just be dropped? Will the SureStep methodology be dropped? Replaced by a new methodology? Or is this just as mistake by Microsoft and will the exam stay active? As for as the online fora goes, there is nowhere an answer to these question. So I was hoping maybe somebody could shed some light on this. I’m looking forward to your replies!


  1. sunsetpy

    Koem, I am preparing this exam and have the same unanswered question. Hope to receive a prompt response soon as I do not imagine significant changes in the methodology but on the other hand I am not interested in taking an exam when I already know that will not be valid within a few months.

  2. Olivia

    Have you found an update on this topic? My company has asked me to take the Sure Step exam but they are not aware it has been retired. I’d like to be able to suggest the replacement before letting my boss know.

    Thank you,

    1. Koen vdv

      Hi Olivia,

      I’m not aware of any update concerning a new exam or a replacement.
      At this moment it seems to be unclear what is coming.
      If any news pop up, I’ll let you know.

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