Microsoft Azure Certification Path

Microsoft Azure is a popular cloud services provider that meets various business needs. From planning to building an application, deploying to monitoring a live application, Azure has services for them all. When you are pursuing a career in Azure, it is important to attain certifications. They add an extra spark to your resume. Recruiters always set an eye out for candidates with relevant certifications. Getting certified lets you stay ahead of the competition and boosts your career to the next level. Microsoft offers several certifications, and the list is continuously growing. In this post, we will explain all the Azure certifications provided by Microsoft in detail. We will give you the prerequisites of each certification and also explain the responsibilities for a certification. We will help you with choosing the right certification for you. Let us dive deep into the details.

What is Microsoft Azure Certification Path?

Microsoft is offering certifications to help boost the productivity of individuals. Microsoft Azure Certification Path gives details of all the exams that need to be taken to get certified on a specific skill. It is an optimal choice for both individuals and companies to grow in the market. Users have to take the exam(s) to achieve certification. Microsoft also offers online courses that the users can take before attempting the exam. They offer both self-learning and instructor-led courses followed by exams.

To build more engagement with the community, Microsoft has come up with the Certification Path by identifying the job requirements. It offers several certifications and exams, which are categorized into 3 levels - Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Microsoft offers many certifications and exams. In this post, we will focus on Azure related certifications. Microsoft offers 4 types of certification types - Fundamentals, MCSD, Role-based, and Speciality. We will discuss these more in the later sections of this post. 

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Why do we need Azure certification?

Here are some of the reasons that explain why an individual needs Azure certification.

Cloud is in demand - Cloud computing is leading the market more every day without backing down. A survey released that by 2021, 38% of IT jobs will be cloud-related. Azure is the leading cloud services provider in the IT market. So it is essential to accelerate your career in the Azure cloud.

Gain confidence - Individuals with certifications have found these certifications extremely helpful in deployments. It gives them the confidence to implement complex tasks.

Improve skill - You can get to know the intricacies of your favorite technology. You will get educated on making the most of your technology. Your knowledge will be the asset of your career growth.

Career Growth - When you attain a certificate, it shows that you are an expert in that field. A client feels happy when they know that a certified professional is working on their project. That is the reason most of the companies prefer candidates with certifications.

Increase in pay scale - If you are looking for a job, you have a chance to stay ahead in the competition, and companies offer more salaries to you. If you already have a job, getting certified will get good salary hikes.

Shows that you are committed - Certifications will be a great addition to a resume. It will help you stand out and determine that you are skilled in your profession.

Fundamental certifications

These certifications prove that a candidate has gained fundamental knowledge of technologies in Azure. These exams are for demonstrating basic knowledge of Azure concepts.

Azure Fundamentals

This certification is for beginners to Azure. Candidates are expected to have basic knowledge on what cloud services are and how those services are offered by Azure. A certified Azure Fundamentals candidate knows cloud concepts, Azure services, Azure workloads, security, privacy, pricing, and support in Azure. The candidates should also know about networking, storage, compute, application support, and application development.

Job role: Developer
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals [AZ-900]
Price: Rs.3696

Azure Data Fundamentals

The candidate should know about core data concepts and how they are offered as services by Azure. This certification ensures that the candidate has foundational knowledge on relational data, non-relational data, transactional and analytical workloads. This will be useful for other role-based certifications related to data.

Job role: Data Engineer, Database Administrator
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals [DP-900]
Price: Rs.3696

Azure AI Fundamentals

The candidates applying for Azure AI Fundamentals certification should have foundational knowledge on machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). They should know about the services related to AI offered by Azure. It ensures that the candidates have knowledge of ML and AI workloads and how to implement them in Azure. Candidates don't need to have the programming knowledge to take this exam. Non-technical people who have a basic understanding of ML and AI concepts can apply for this certification.

Job role: AI Engineer, Data Scientist, Developer, Solutions Architect
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals [AI-900]
Price: Rs.3696

Role-based certifications

Microsoft's role-based certifications lay out a learning path for IT professionals to strengthen their IT careers. Microsoft validates the skill and expertise of a candidate who is specific to an Azure role. With time, Microsoft has been adding new role-based certifications.

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Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Candidates who want to apply for this certification should have subject matter expertise in implementing solutions on Azure. They should have a good knowledge of computing, network, storage, and security. The responsibilities include collecting requirements from the client and converting them to cloud-based solutions. The candidates should also know IT operations like networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance. The candidates should also know the working of DevOps processes.

Job role: Solutions Architect
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exams: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (beta) [AZ-303], Microsoft Azure Architect Design (beta) [AZ-304]
Price for AZ-303: Rs.4800
Price for AZ-304: Rs.4800

Azure Database Administrator Associate

The candidates applying for Azure Database Administrator Associate should have good knowledge of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions using Microsoft SQL Server and Azure data services. The responsibilities include implementing data platform resources, optimizing query performance, administration tasks using T-SQL, implementing High Availability, and Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment.

Job role: Database Administrator
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure [DP-300]
Price: Rs.4800

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Azure DevOps Engineer Expert

The candidates who want to apply for this certification should have subject matter expertise on technologies and processes that drive value. The responsibilities of the candidates include designing, implementing strategies for collaboration, code, infrastructure, source control, security, compliance, continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback. The candidates should also be familiar with developing Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) strategies, security and compliance plans, implement release management strategies, etc.

Job role: DevOps Engineer
Prerequisite exams: Either Azure Administrator Associate [AZ-104] or Azure Developer Associate [AZ-204]
Required exam: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions [AZ-400]
Price: Rs.4800

Azure Data Scientist Associate

The candidates should have good knowledge of data science and machine learning. They should be able to implement and run machine learning workloads on Azure. They should know how to work well with Azure Machine Learning Service. They should also know how to develop and train ML models and deploy them.

Job role: Data Scientist
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure [DP-100]
Price: Rs.4800

Azure Administrator Associate

The candidates should have subject matter expertise in implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Azure environment. The responsibilities include implementing, managing, and monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment. Candidates should also know of provisioning, size, monitor, and adjusting resources. The candidates attempting for this certification should have at least six months of hands-on experience in administering the Azure environment. Candidates should know how to use PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates.

Job role: Administrator
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Microsoft Azure Administrator [AZ-104]
Price: Rs.4800

Azure Data Engineer Associate

The candidates applying for Azure Data Engineer Associate certification should have good knowledge of designing and implementing management, monitoring, security, and privacy of data using the Azure data services. The responsibilities include monitoring and optimizing data solutions, designing Azure data storage, and data processing solutions. They should also know how to implement data security and compliance.

Job role: Data Engineer
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exams: Implementing an Azure Data Solution [DP-200], Designing an Azure Data Solution [DP-201]
Price for DP-200: Rs.4800
Price for DP-201: Rs.4800

Azure Security Engineer Associate

The candidates should have subject matter expertise in implementing security controls and threat protection using Azure. The responsibilities include managing identity and access, implementing platform protection, securing data, and applications. The candidates should be able to identify vulnerabilities and manage security operations. They should know how to respond to security incident escalations. The candidates are expected to have strong knowledge of scripting and automation. They should have an understanding of cloud N-tier architecture.

Job role: Security Engineer
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies [AZ-500]
Price: Rs.4800

Azure AI Engineer Associate

The candidates who want to apply for this certification are expected to have subject matter expertise in machine learning and cognitive services. They should be able to design and implement AI solutions in Azure. The services include natural language processing, speech, computer vision, and conversational AI. They should also know how to use Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Bot Service, Azure Cognitive Search, and data storage in Azure. The responsibilities include analyzing requirements, deciding on which tools to use, implement, and monitor the AI solutions. The AI Engineers should work in collaboration with solution architects and data scientists to build an end-to-end flow.

Job role: AI Engineer
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution [AI-100]
Price: Rs.4800

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Azure Developer Associate

The candidates should have subject matter expertise in designing, building, testing, and maintaining cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure. The candidates are expected to have experience in collecting requirements, design, development, deployment, monitoring, and maintenance of applications in Azure. The candidates should work in collaboration with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients. The candidates should have 1 to 2 years of experience in development and Azure. The candidates should be familiar with Azure SDKs, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.

Job role: Developer
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure [AZ-204]
Price: Rs.4800

Specialty certifications

Speciality certifications are the expert level certifications offered by Microsoft. Azure has 2 speciality certifications. The candidates should have advanced skill levels in the technologies covered in the certifications.

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Azure IoT Developer Specialty

The candidates should have subject matter expertise in working with edge components of an Azure IoT solution. The responsibilities of this role include setting up device lifecycle, configuration, and maintenance using Azure services. They should also know device topology, connectivity, debugging, and security. They should be able to manage, monitor, and transform the IoT-related data pipelines. They should have experience in configuring device networking on the edge. The IoT developers should work in collaboration with data engineers and other stakeholders. They should have experience in building IoT solutions with either C#, Node, C, or Python.

Job role: Developer
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer [AZ-220]
Price: Rs.4800

Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty

The candidates who want to apply for this certification should either be architects or engineers with expert level experience in SAP. They should be experienced in building SAP solutions on Microsoft Azure. The responsibilities include adjusting resources for optimal resiliency, performance, scale, provision, size, and monitoring. The candidates would work in collaboration with cloud administrators, cloud DBAs, and clients. They should have experience in SAP HANA, S/4HANA, SAP NetWeaver, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP applications, and databases. It will be an advantage to take Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Solutions Architect Expert certifications before attempting for this.

Job role: Administrator, Solutions Architect
Prerequisite exams: No prerequisites required
Required exam: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads [AZ-120]
Price: Rs.4800

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MCSD certification

Microsoft provides a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) Certification to advance developer skills. It has one certification in it.

App Builder

The candidates applying for App Builder certification should have experience in building modern mobile and/or web applications and services. This certification will retire on January 31st, 2021. You won't be able to take the exam after this date. If you acquire this exam before the date, it will still appear on your Certification Dashboard.

Job role: Developer

Prerequisite exams: Either MCSA: Web Applications or MCSA: Universal Windows Platform
Required exams: Developing Mobile Apps [70-357], Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications [70-486], and Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services [70-487]
Price for 70-357: Rs.4800
Price for 70-486: Rs.4800
Price for 70-487: Rs.4800

Conclusion

Getting certified is the best option for anyone to advance in their career as a Microsoft Azure certified professional. The certifications from Microsoft measure a candidate’s ability in accomplishing the cloud computing tasks in their technologies. The exams test your skill in Azure services. In this post, we have given full details of all the certifications on Azure. It is recommended to go with fundamentals and then with role-based certifications. But it is completely your choice whether you choose to go with that or not. So pick a certification path that suits best to your knowledge. Go through the online training videos provided and start preparing for the exam. Once the learning is complete, schedule an exam either online or in a local test center.

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