Microsoft has recently announced that the prices for their certification exams will increase in July worldwide. There is no word yet on how much the increase will be, and prices vary based on region and currency. The last time Microsoft increased certification exam prices was in 2011, when the price increased by 20% in the United States, from $125 to $150.
The change in prices will affect almost all types of exams, including commercial Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams, academic MCP exams, and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams. A number of the Microsoft certification designations, such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), require the passing of multiple MCP exams.
MCP and MTA exams purchased through Pearson VUE and Courseware Marketplace, as well as online proctored exams, will also be included in the price increase. Academic exams purchased through volume licensing appear to be the only type of exam which will not be affected by the increase.
Currently, some of the certifications, such as MCSE and MCSD, require periodic recertification by taking an exam, so in addition to those people who are pursuing new credentials, those needing to take a recertification exam will also be affected. If any of you happen to be planning on taking an exam soon, you may want to consider taking it before the next price increase.