Microsoft previously announced that the prices for their certification exams would increase in July, and now we have more details on the changes. Prices will change on July 18th worldwide. No specific increase amount was given, but in the United States the price increases appear to be about 10% across the board. Keep in mind that prices vary based on region and currency, so the increases could be different in other parts of the world. 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.
You can view the full list of available exams. Clicking on a specific one will display the details page for that exam, including the current price and the scheduled new price. There is also an option to change the location to view the amount for a country other than the United States.
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.