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Introduction to Microsoft Azure Role-Based Certifications

Posted: Nov 8, 2018
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Introduction to Microsoft Azure Role-Based Certifications

In September of 2018, at their Ignite conference, Microsoft announced their new role-based certifications for Azure. This new model alters the Microsoft certification landscape dramatically by moving the focus from the product to the actual tasks that IT professionals perform. Microsoft sees the role-based certification model as a better way to keep pace with today’s business requirements and a better way to strengthen your IT career. Let’s talk about what’s new and what the new certifications look like.

Certifications


Microsoft announced three new job roles that would align with three new certifications: Azure Administrator Associate, Azure Developer Associate, and Azure Solutions Architect. There will be others to follow, but those are the first three that have been announced. Microsoft also identified levels of expertise to further align the role-based certifications: Fundamental, Associate, and Expert. Here’s a graphic showing the relationship between the levels of expertise and where the certifications fit in.

Azure Administrator Associate

The Azure Administrator Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:azure-administrator-associate-100px

  • AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Once you pass AZ-103 you will earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification.

Exam: AZ-103 - Microsoft Azure Administrator

Course:


Azure Data Engineer Associate

The Azure Administrator Associate certification path is comprised of two certification exams:azure-data-engineer-associate-100x

  • DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
  • DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution

Exam: DP-200 - Implementing an Azure Data Solution

Course:

Exam: DP-201 - Designing an Azure Data Solution

Course:


Azure Developer Associate

The Azure Developer Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:azure-developer-associate-100px

  • AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

Once you pass AZ-203 you will earn the Azure Developer Associate certification.

The AZ-203 exam aligns with a track of courses that will properly prepare you for the exam.

Courses:


Azure Solutions Architect Expert

The Azure Solutions Architect certification path is comprised of two certification exams:azure-solutions-architect-expert-100px

  • AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies Exam
  • AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design Exam

Once you pass both AZ-300 and AZ-301 you will earn the Azure Solutions Architect certification.

Each exam aligns with a track of courses that will properly prepare you for each exam.

Exam: AZ-300 - Solutions Architect Technologies Track

Courses:

(OR)

Exam: AZ-301 - Solutions Architect Design Track

Courses:

(OR)


Azure DevOps Engineer Expert

The Azure Developer Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:azure-devops-engineer-expert-100px

  • AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

Once you pass AZ-400 you will earn the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert.

The AZ-400 exam aligns with a track of courses that will properly prepare you for the exam.

Courses:


Transition Exams


Individuals who previously passed Exam 70-532, 70-533, or 70-535 should take the appropriate transition exam instead. The transition exam covers the delta between the current certification and what we expect people who earn the new certification to be able to do.

Transition_Exams

Transition exams will be available until June 30, 2019. For more information, and a free PDF download that includes this information, please reference our Azure Role-Based Certifications landing page.


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