Microsoft Professional Program is retiring

Three years ago, we launched the Microsoft Professional Program with one mission: to help you build the technical skills you need to succeed in emerging jobs. Since that time, the importance of technical skills and industry recognized certifications has grown. That’s why we’ve decided to evolve our approach into a program where you can work toward a technical certification.

As we retire MPP, Microsoft Learn becomes your destination for building the skills you need to be successful.

Enrollment for MPP tracks closed on 9/15/2019. If you were already enrolled, you will have access to your MPP dashboard until 12/31/2019.

Explore Microsoft Learn. Your new destination for role-based learning.

To help you succeed, we have created Microsoft Learn; a free interactive way of learning. It combines short step-by-step tutorials, browser-based interactive coding/scripting environments, and task-based achievements. Review our technical training and certification offerings for Microsoft role-based certifications below.

  1. Azure AI Engineer Associate

    Azure AI Engineers use Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, and Knowledge Mining to architect and implement Microsoft AI solutions involving natural language processing, speech, computer vision, bots, and agents.

Frequently asked questions

Question Why is Microsoft discontinuing the Microsoft Professional Program?


Three years ago, we launched the Microsoft Professional Program with one mission: to help you build the technical skills you need to succeed in emerging jobs.

Since then, we’ve heard from many of you about how you’ve applied your new skills to become more impactful in your current work and gained more recognition from your colleagues.

That’s why we’ve decided to take the best of the Microsoft Professional Program and apply it to a program where you can earn a technical certification when you complete your coursework. Why?

  • Certified new hires reach full productivity sooner and find more opportunities for advancement.
  • Certified employees earn 15 percent more than those without certification.
  • Employees with certifications are nearly 20 percent more productive.

Find out more about our move toward role-based certificates and role-based training here.

Question If I would like to continue pursuing an MPP track, how long do I have to complete it?


Microsoft Professional Program will end on December 31, 2019.  

  • MPP track certificates were awarded when all courses on a track were completed, this included passing the project-based capstone. These will not be awarded any longer after December 31, 2019.
  • Enrollments to MPP tracks on the Academy site ended on September 15, 2019. (*See Note)
  • If you are currently enrolled in MPP courses or tracks, please complete them by December 31, 2019.
  • If you have completed your MPP courses or tracks, please save/print certificates by December 31, 2019.
  • Learners enrolled in MPP tracks as of September 15, 2019 will have a final opportunity to take the capstone. We will be offering 2 capstone runs for learners, the first will be from November 1st – 30th and the second will be from December 1st - 31, 2019. We are running these capstone periods twice to allow for more time and an immediate opportunity to retake, if needed.

*Note: Some individual courses (from the Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, etc.) will remain on edX through June 30, 2020. Enrollment for these individual courses and edX certificates will continue through June 30, 2020.

Question If I have successfully completed an MPP track(s) or plan to finish before the program retires, will the achievement still have value in the market?

Yes! The MPP credential demonstrates value and excellence to managers looking to hire in technology fields.