Hi Rich. There are multiple other posts on this forum that can give you additional details on this topic. I know of other companies such as IIL that provide courses, but I don’t know of anyone that provides any kind of official certification (other than a course completion). Hope that helps…
Thanks for the quick reply Larry.
I agree that there are other postings with respect to the certification, but none of them answered this question: “Will there be a certification exam offered by Microsoft as a replacement”?
I know of a few organizations (like IIL) that offer course completion certificates, but I am wondering if anyone else offers a certification exam for Project.
Hi Rich, sorry for the lack of details. The test is retired with no indication of a replacement. Specific testing for Project desktop subject matter is being incorporated into the Project Online certification. Microsoft can always change things, but for now that is what I know.
From the perspective of being a Microsoft Gold PPM competency partner, Advisicon interacted with the 74-343 (Project desktop) exam as being one of the two our PPM practitioners obtain, the other being the 70-348 (Managing Projects and Portfolios with Microsoft PPM), that was released in 2016. Microsoft has indicated that, as of this month, PPM partners need their practitioners to pass the 70-348 exam, the 70-778 exam (Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI), which I think reflects a recognition of the importance of reporting and analytics to successful project management, and to be Microsoft 365 Certified as a “Teamwork Administrator Associate”, which reflects how “Microsoft PPM” is expanding its footprint beyond just “MS Project” to include the other MS tools that support working as a team – i.e., Planner, Teams, Yammer, …
If you’re interested in talking about the Power BI exam or the 70-778 exam (and its companion Excel exam 70-779 – passing the two of them got me my MCSA in BI Reporting and I’ve been tutoring a client to take and pass them), please reach-out. I’m at email@example.com.