Updated September 7, 2021
Data analysts drive business insights and manage ever-growing volumes of data. With Microsoft Power BI, analysts can make the most of this data—from ingesting and storing it to reporting it in inspiring ways. In fact, these insights can help drive your business forward and even open career doors. If you’re a data analyst, you use Power BI to discover hidden insights in the data—and you empower your team to do the same. Plus, you know that better visualization leads to improved recall and communication—and that means powerful insights for your organization.
The Data Analyst Associate certification validates that you have subject matter expertise helping businesses to maximize the value of their data assets using Power BI. It also shows that you have what it takes to design and build scalable data models, clean and transform data, and enable advanced analytics capabilities that provide meaningful business value. You earn the certification by passing Exam DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI.
What kind of knowledge and experience should you have?
As a candidate for this certification, you should have a fundamental understanding of data repositories and data processing in the cloud and in on-premises settings. In addition, you should have knowledge and experience with Power BI.
How can you get ready?
To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, The journey to Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate. You can also find it in the resources section on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for data analysts.
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 DA-100, 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 DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI. 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 or the Power BI Learning catalog. And don’t miss the Power BI community webinars.
After you pass the exam and earn your certification, explore other opportunities with Azure and Power BI to make the most of your big data with Azure. Connect, combine, and analyze your entire data estate with Power BI and Azure analytics services—from Azure Synapse Analytics to Azure Data Lake Storage. Analyze petabytes of data, use advanced AI capabilities, apply additional data protection, share insights across your organization, and much more. 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 and Power BI 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 Data Analyst 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 a data analyst, you know that data tells a story—and your data’s story could be a potential path to more sales, greater efficiency, improved insights, and patterns that could lead to big wins for your organization. Grow beyond charts and graphs, enrich and expand your data visualizations, and prove your skills and experience. It’s time to level up with a Data Analyst Associate certification.
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