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Microsoft Certifications – Explained

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27 Feb 2020CPOL3 min read
Different options for certification on the Azure platform
Certifications are complex and lots of people have questions about what they mean. So I put together this post to help people navigate the different options for certification on the Azure platform.

Education is something that I’ve always felt strongly about. I come from a family where most of the people in my family have worked / do work in education at a variety of levels. And even in my career, I was a college professor for a while. So that being said, a lot of people look to certifications as a great way to driving learning and validating it for your resume.

I personally like certifications as something that you can use and point to as a standard for your skills. Now that being said, the certifications are complex and lots of people have questions about what they mean. So I put this together to help people navigate the different options for certification on the Azure platform:

Exam Title Topics
AZ900 Azure Fundamentals Understand cloud concepts (15-20%)
Understand core Azure services (30-35%)
Understand security, privacy, compliance, and trust (25-30%)
Understand Azure pricing and support (25-30%)
AZ103 Azure Administration Manage Azure subscriptions and resources (15-20%)
Implement and manage storage (15-20%)
Deploy and manage virtual machines (VMs) (15-20%)
Configure and manage virtual networks (30-35%)
Manage identities (15-20%)
AZ203 Developing Solutions for Azure Develop Azure Infrastructure as a Service compute solution (10-15%)
Develop Azure Platform as a Service compute solution (20-25%)
Develop for Azure storage (15-20%) Implement Azure security (10-15%)
Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize solutions (10-15%)
Connect to and consume Azure and third-party services (20-25%)
AZ300 Azure Architect Technologies Deploy and configure infrastructure (25-30%)
Implement workloads and security (20-25%)
Create and deploy apps (5-10%)
Implement authentication and secure data (5-10%)
Develop for the cloud and for Azure storage (20-25%)
AZ301 Azure Architect Design Determine workload requirements (10-15%)
Design for identity and security (20-25%)
Design a data platform solution (15-20%)
Design a business continuity strategy (15-20%)
Design for deployment, migration, and integration (10-15%)
Design an infrastructure strategy (15-20%)
AZ400 Azure DevOps Solutions Design a DevOps strategy (20-25%)
Implement DevOps development processes (20-25%)
Implement continuous integration (10-15%)
Implement continuous delivery (10-15%)
Implement dependency management (5-10%)
Implement application infrastructure (15-20%)
Implement continuous feedback (10-15%)
AZ500 Azure Security Technologies Manage identity and access (20-25%)
Implement platform protection (35-40%)
Manage security operations (15-20%)
Secure data and applications (30-35%)
AI100 Design and Implementing an Azure AI Solution Analyze solution requirements (25-30%)
Design AI solutions (40-45%)
Implement and monitor AI solutions (25-30%)
DP100 Design and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure Define and prepare the development environment (15-20%)
Prepare data for modeling (25-30%)
Perform feature engineering (15-20%)
Develop models (40-45%)
DP200 Implementing an azure data solution Implement data storage solutions (40-45%)
Manage and develop data processing (25-30%)
Monitor and optimize data solutions (30-35%)
DP201 Design an Azure Data Solution Design Azure data storage solutions (40-45%)
Design data processing solutions (25-30%)
Design for data security and compliance (25-30%)

So if you are interested in getting certifications, and in moving forward with these, the next question is usually, now I know what I have to learn, but what about the how. The good news is that there are a lot of free resources to help.

  • MS Learn: This is a great site that provides a lot of structured learning paths of different sizes that can assist in your learning these skills.
  • Channel 9: A great video site on just about everything Microsoft which would help if you want to be walked through something.

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Kevin Mack
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My name is Kevin Mack, I'm a software developer in the Harrisburg Area. I have been a software developer since 2005, and in that time have worked on a large variety of projects. Everything from small applications, to mobile and Enterprise solutions. I love technology and enjoy my work and am always looking to learn something new. In my spare time I love spending time with my family, and learning new ways to leverage technology to make people's lives better. If you ask me what I do, I'll probably tell you I can paid to solve problems all-day-every-day.

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