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New certification: MB2-877 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service

5 new Business Applications exams were announced earlier this month. Among them, a Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement one: MB2-877: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service. It should count towards the MSCA and MCSE certification paths.

Dynamics 365 Field Service

Even though Field Service skills were already tested in the MB2-718: Dynamics 365 for Customer Service exam, it’s good to have a new, dedicated exam, as the MB2-718 exam was much too dense in terms of content in my opinion.

Skills measured:

  • Set up and configure Field Service (15 – 20%)
  • Manage work orders (15 – 20%)
  • Schedule and dispatch work orders (15-20%)
  • Manage Field Service mobility (10 – 15%)
  • Manage inventory and purchasing (10 – 15%)
  • Manage the Connected Field Service solution (5 – 10%)
  • Manage Agreements (10 – 15%)

More information here.

How to train for MB2-877: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service? Well, on top of hands-on experience, you should find everything you need on the Dynamics Learning Portal: there is an Exam Preparation Guide, a Self Assessment and 4 dedicated courses:

You should be able to pass this new exam on and after December, 11th 2017.

Let’s also expect a new exam for Project Service Automation for 2018!

A history of Dynamics CRM certifications

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 1.0 came out in 2003. A the time, it was named “Microsoft Business Solutions Customer Relationship Management 1.0” (learn more about the Dynamics CRM history in this article by Fiona Bond).
CRM Certification Exams came out shortly after in 2004 with version CRM 1.2.

Since then, certification exams were always organized in these main categories:

  • Customization and Configuration
  • Applications (the functional ones, now being spit between Sales and Customer Service since CRM 2016)
  • Installation / Deployment (with a strong focus On-Premise deployments but not available after CRM 2016)
  • Extending (focused on specific developments, but not available after CRM 2013)
  • Online Deployment  (introduced with CRM 2015)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 1.2

  • MB2-185: Microsoft CRM Customization v.1.2
  • MB2-186: Microsoft CRM Applications Professional v. 1.2
  • MB2-184: Microsoft CRM Installation and Configuration V.1.2

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0

  • MB2-422: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Customization
  • MB2-423: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Applications
  • MB2-421: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Installation and Configuration
  • MB2-498: Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

  • MB2-631: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Customization and Configuration
  • MB2-632: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Applications
  • MB2-633: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Installation and Deployment
  • MB2-634: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Extending Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

  • MB2-866: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization and Configuration
  • MB2-868: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Applications
  • MB2-867: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Installation and Deployment
  • MB2-876: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Extending

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013

  • MB2-703: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration
  • MB2-700: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Applications
  • MB2-702: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Deployment
  • MB2-701: Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015

  • MB2-707: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration
  • MB2-704: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Application
  • MB2-708: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Installation
  • MB2-706: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Deployment

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016

  • MB2-712: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Customization and Configuration
  • MB2-713: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Sales
  • MB2-714: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Customer Service
  • MB2-711: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Installation
  • MB2-710: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 Online Deployment

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement

  • MB2-716: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration
  • MB2-717: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
  • MB2-718: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service
  • MB2-715: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online Deployment
  • MB2-877: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service

Other related certifications

On top of these regular CRM Certifications, Microsoft also published exams on the Sure Step methodology and Dynamics Marketing (both being retired now):

  • MB5-858: Microsoft Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
  • MB5-705: Managing Microsoft Dynamics Implementations
  • MB2-720: Functional Application in Microsoft Dynamics Marketing
  • MB2-709: Microsoft Dynamics Marketing

Now my question for you is: what was your first CRM certification?
Mine was MB2-866: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization and Configuration.

All about Dynamics 365 Certifications

With each new major version of its CRM product, Microsoft does a little refresh of its certification exams.

This exams are important to validate by Microsoft but also to to the market your level of competency on the Dynamics solutions. Therefore they are particularly important for service companies.

What certifications are available?

4 exams are available for the Entreprise Edition of Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement:

2 MCSA and MCSE certifications:

Microsoft also launched this year 2 new certifications of MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) levels:

The MCSA and MCSE certifications are automatically granted as soon as you cumulate several Dynamics 365 exams:

How to revise and prepare for certifications?

If you are a customer, I advise to get in touch with your Microsoft interlocutors or directly to training centers offering Dynamics trainings.

If you are a Microsoft Partner, you should have access to its Partner Source portal and to its Dynamics Learning Portal (DLP).

On top of available E-Learnings on the DLP, I recommend hands-on practice, even if it is only on trial instances, in order to deeply test each product module and feature.

Microsoft also offers “Exam Guides” and “Assessments” on the DLP, providing for each exam:

  • Exam specifics
  • Covered topics
  • Recommended E-Learnings
  • Exam-like questions

Share your results

With its new partnership with YourAcclaim, Microsoft allows you to make your accomplishments more visible. You get badges and get to easily share them on Social Networks.

YourAcclaim also comes with a public profile where people can see you record of Microsoft certifications (an example with mine).

You get one badge per certification:

A last word of advice

While E-Learnings videos can sometimes be long and hard to focus on, you can always download the course resources and especially the PowerPoint files.

I always download all PowerPoint presentations on a OneDrive folder and read them on my smartphone while I commute. Of course, I always go through the application to practice on a trial instance.

Good luck!