Which Azure Role-Based Certification is Right for You?
Microsoft's role-based certification model alters the 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. Microsoft also identified levels of expertise to further align the role-based certifications: Fundamental, Associate, and Expert. Let’s talk about what’s new and what the new certifications look like.
Since their initial announcement, Microsoft has added several new Azure role-based certifications with even more coming soon. What follows is a comprehensive listing of all the currently available Microsoft Azure certifications and the courses aligned with each exam.
Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
The Azure Fundamentals certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
Once you pass AZ-900 you will earn the Azure Fundamentals certification.
Exam: AZ-900 - Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
Course:This certification is intended for candidates with non-technical backgrounds, such as those involved in selling or purchasing cloud based solutions and services, or who have some involvement with cloud based solutions and services, as well as those with a technical background who have a need to validate their foundational-level knowledge around cloud services.
Azure Administrator Associate
The Azure Administrator Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator
Once you pass AZ-103 you will earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification.
Exam: AZ-103 - Microsoft Azure Administrator
Is This the Right Certification for You? Candidates for this certification are Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Candidates have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate.
Azure AI Engineer Associate
The Azure AI Engineer Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- AI-100 - Microsoft Azure AI Engineer Associate
Once you pass AI-100 you will earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification.
Exam: AI-100 - Microsoft Azure AI Engineer Associate
Is This the Right Certification for You? Candidates for this certification analyze the requirements for AI solutions, recommend appropriate tools and technologies, and implements solutions that meet scalability and performance requirements. Candidates translate the vision from solution architects and work with data scientists, data engineers, IoT specialists, and AI developers to build complete end-to-end solutions. Candidates design and implement AI apps and agents that use Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Bot Service. Candidates can recommend solutions that use open source technologies.
Azure Data Scientist Associate
The Azure Data Scientist Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- DP-100 - Microsoft Azure Data Scientist Associate
Once you pass DP-100 you will earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification.
Exam: DP-100 - Microsoft Azure Data Scientist Associate
Is This the Right Certification for You? The Azure Data Scientist applies their knowledge of data science and machine learning to implement and run machine learning workloads on Azure; in particular, using Azure Machine Learning Service. This entails planning and creating a suitable working environment for data science workloads on Azure, running data experiments and training predictive models, managing and optimizing models, and deploying machine learning models into production.
Azure Developer Associate
The Azure Developer Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- AZ-203 - Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
Once you pass AZ-203 you will earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification.
Exam: AZ-203 - Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
Is This the Right Certification for You? Candidates for this certification are Azure Developers who design and build cloud solutions such as applications and services. They participate in all phases of development, from solution design, to development and deployment, to testing and maintenance. They partner with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement the solution. Candidates should be proficient in developing apps and services by using Azure tools and technologies, including storage, security, compute, and communications.
Azure Data Engineer Associate
The Azure Administrator Associate certification path is comprised of two certification exams:
- DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution
- DP-201: Designing an Azure Data Solution
Exam: DP-200 - Implementing an Azure Data Solution
Exam: DP-201 - Designing an Azure Data Solution
Is This the Right Certification for You? Candidates for this certification are Microsoft Azure data engineers who collaborate with business stakeholders to identify and meet the data requirements to implement data solutions that use Azure data services. Azure data engineers are responsible for data-related implementation tasks that include provisioning data storage services, ingesting streaming and batch data, transforming data, implementing security requirements, implementing data retention policies, identifying performance bottlenecks, and accessing external data sources.
Azure Security Engineer Associate
The Azure Security Engineer Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- AZ-500 - Microsoft Azure Security Technologies
Once you pass AZ-500 you will earn the Azure Administrator Associate certification.
Exam: AZ-500 - Microsoft Azure Security Technologies
Is This the Right Certification for You? Candidates for this certification are Microsoft Azure security engineers who implement security controls, maintain the security posture, manage identity and access, and protect data, applications, and networks. Candidates identify and remediate vulnerabilities by using a variety of security tools, implement threat protection, and respond to security incident escalations. As a Microsoft Azure security engineer, candidates often serve as part of a larger team dedicated to cloud-based management and security and may also secure hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure. Candidates should also have strong skills in scripting and automation; a deep understanding of networking, virtualization, and cloud N-tier architecture; and a strong familiarity with cloud capabilities, Microsoft Azure products and services, and other Microsoft products and services.
Azure Solutions Architect Expert
The Azure Solutions Architect certification path is comprised of two certification exams:
- 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
Exam: AZ-301 - Solutions Architect Design Track
Is This the Right Certification for You? This certification measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy and configure infrastructure; implement workloads and security; create and deploy apps; implement authentication and secure data; develop for the cloud and Azure storage; determine workload requirements; design for identity and security; design a data platform solution; design a business continuity strategy; design for deployment, migration, and integration; and design an infrastructure strategy.
Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
The Azure Developer Associate certification path is comprised of one certification exam:
- AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions
Once you pass AZ-400 you will earn the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert.
Exam: AZ-400 - Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions
Is This the Right Certification for You? Candidates for this certification are DevOps professionals who combine people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver valuable products and services that meet end user needs and business objectives. DevOps professionals streamline delivery by optimizing practices, improving communications and collaboration, and creating automation. They design and implement strategies for application code and infrastructure that allow for continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback.
Candidates must be proficient with Agile practices. They must be familiar with both Azure administration and Azure development and experts in at least one of these areas. Azure DevOps professionals must be able to design and implement DevOps practices for version control, compliance, infrastructure as code, configuration management, build, release, and testing by using Azure technologies.
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