Level up with Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

Published Feb 02 2021 08:00 AM 12.6K Views

Updated September 7, 2021


Cloud infrastructure enables companies around the world to reduce costs, enhance security, simplify management, and much more. And Azure administrators have what it takes to unlock the benefits of cloud computing for their organizations, making the most of the resiliency, scalability, and unified data governance of Azure. Plus, these professionals understand how to put the cloud to work to enable newly remote business processes and to help companies become more agile in the face of today’s rapid digital transformation. It’s no wonder that certified Azure administrators are in such great demand.


The Azure Administrator Associate certification validates that you have subject matter expertise in implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Azure environment. You earn the certification by passing Exam AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator.


If your responsibilities include implementing, managing, and monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment, this could be the certification for you. Other key skills include the ability to provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources when needed, especially as part of a team dedicated to implementing your organization's cloud infrastructure.


What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?

As a candidate for this certification, you should have at least six months of hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. In addition, you should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates. 


How can you get ready?

To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate. You can also find it in the resources section on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure administrators.



Azure Administrator certification journey.png



To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.


Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking Exam AZ-104, review the skills outline guide on the exam page.


Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:

Then take a trial run with the Microsoft Official Practice Test for AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator. All objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.


Complement your training with additional resources, like Microsoft Docs, the Azure Architecture Center, or the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework.


After you pass the exam and earn your certification, check out the many other learning and certification opportunities. Want to add to your skill set? Consider learning to migrate application workloads and data to Azure or to manage hybrid cloud solutions. For related training, check out Microsoft Learn.


Note: Remember that Microsoft Certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.


Celebrate your Azure talents with the world

When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential. Here’s how:  

  • If you’ve earned a certification already, follow the instructions in the congratulations email you received. Or find your badge on your Certification Dashboard, and follow the instructions there to share it. (You’ll be transferred to the Acclaim website.)
  • To add specific skills, visit your LinkedIn profile and update the Skills and endorsements section. Tip: We recommend that you choose skills listed in the skills outline guide for your certification.


Keep your certification up to date

If you’ve already earned your Azure Administrator Associate certification, but it’s expiring in the near future, we’ve got good news. You’ll soon be able to renew your current certifications by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, please read our blog post, Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals.


It’s time to level up!

Your Microsoft Certification can help validate that you have the skills to stay ahead with today’s technology. It can also help empower you with a boost in confidence and job satisfaction—and maybe even a salary increase. Want to know more? In our blog post, Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?, we offer 10 good reasons to earn your certification.


As an Azure administrator, you understand what the cloud can do for your organization. And you know how to enable purpose-built infrastructures for consistent management, security, and governance—on-premises, in a hybrid scenario, or fully in the cloud. With all the innovation and capabilities that Azure has to offer, now is the time to earn your Azure Administrator Associate certification. Prove your ability to make a difference to your team and your organization—today and in the future—with your in-demand Azure administrator skills and experience.


Related announcements

Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications

Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you

Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI


Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals

Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification?


Version history
Last update:
‎Sep 07 2021 02:39 PM
Updated by: