Thursday, March 21, 2013

AX 2012 Certification Exams list

The below are the AX 2012 certifications that are available. Some are still to be determined (TBD). I've also included the paths to get a MCBMSP (Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional).

UPDATE 2/11/2015 - The most up to date certifications lists are appended to the bottom of the post.

Personally, I'm not a fan of people who just rack up certifications but don't have any personal experience with the product. I've run into people who try to gain credibility by saying "I have 5 certifications blah blah blah", but when they get down to it, they don't even know how to get around the app... To be fair, when I started in AX, I got a few certifications when I was still in 'college life studying' mentality. A lot of the exams are fairly easy to pass as long as you are book smart and spend the time on it.

That being said, I think being book smart gave me a huge leg up when it came to actually executing things. Just don't tote them like you're an expert if you're not because you'll be sized up quick...  I'd also recommend all DEVs do an application exam like Financials or T&L and all FUNCs do a development exam. Nothing is better to have on your team than a person who can communicate in both realms.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Certification Exam Preparation Guides

Not scheduled to be released for AX 2012 (from what I could tell): 
  • Enterprise Portal Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Product Builder
  • Service Managmenet
If you are interested in getting a MCBMSP next to your name, you can do that by following three specialization paths below.

NOTE: The issue is that a lot of the 'Elective Exams' do not exist for AX 2012. To become certified as a Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional, you must successfully complete the exams that are based on the current version of the product or you must successfully complete the most recent version of the exams. So you may need to jump versions of AX. I'd recommend holding out for some of the TBD exams instead of getting 2009 unless you already have experience in them so the certs are up to date longer.

Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional - Application for Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Core Exams (1 exam required)
    • Financials (AX 2012)
  • Elective Exams (3 exams required)
    • Production (AX 2009 until 2012 is released)
    • Trade & Logistics (AX 2012)
    • Product Builder (AX 2009)
    • Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta Sales & Marketing
    • Human Resources Management (AX 2009)
    • Questionnaire (AX 4.0 - good luck finding it)
    • Project Series (AX 2009 until 2012 is released)
    • Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta Shop Floor Control (AX 4.0 - good luck finding it)
\Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional - Developer for Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Core Exams (2 exams required)
    • Development introduction (AX 2012)
    • MorphX Solution Development (AX 2009 until AX 2012 is released)
  • Elective Exams (2 exams required)
    • Financials (AX 2012)
    • Enterprise Portal Development (AX 2009)
    • Production (AX 2009 until 2012 is released)
    • Installation & Configuration (AX 2012)
    • Trade & Logistics (AX 2012)
Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Professional - Installation & Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics AX

Note: Some of the exams below are still officially requiring certifications in SQL 2005 and Windows Server 2003... yes really. I'd assume later SQL releases will apply?? I have not tested this but I think it would be stupid for it not to. If you have experience in this, let me know below in the comments.
  • Core Exams (2 exams required)
    • Installation & Configuration (AX 2012)
    • MS Exam:  TS:  70-431: Microsoft SQL 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance)
  • Elective Exams (2 exams required)
    • Financials (AX 2012)
    • Production (AX 2009 until 2012 is released)
    • Trade & Logistics (AX 2012) 
    • MS Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
    • MS Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

--------------UPDATE 02/11/2015---------------------------
Below are the official list of all of the AX 2012 certifications out now.  This is a popular post so I thought I would append to here:
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Project
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Retail
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Financials
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Trade and Logistics
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Development Introduction
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Development Introduction
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Trade and Logistics
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Financials
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Installation and Configuration
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Lean Manufacturing
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Public Sector
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Service Management

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