Understanding Microsoft Azure certifications

Published Jun 26 2020 11:09 AM 23.4K Views
Updated December 3, 2020

The world is rapidly changing. IT and development professionals and the organizations that are looking for people with digital and cloud skills must be ready to meet the challenges of today’s economy. What’s required for today’s job isn’t what was needed even just five years ago. In fact, the average life of a skill today is less than five years. To be successful these days, it’s important to keep growing your skill set, experience, and abilities.


Azure certifications offer IT professionals an edge in this cloud-based and connected world. Job seekers and seasoned professionals alike can use Azure certifications to help advance their career—in their existing organization and role or in new ones—earn recognition, and validate their technical knowledge and abilities in current and future industry job roles. And organizations can use certifications to identify the talent they need and build the technical skills of their workforce.


Certification helps professionals stand out and organizations find talent 

Azure certifications are globally recognized and industry-endorsed. They’re used both by job seekers (individuals) and by talent seekers (organizations) as a way to validate that a candidate has the skills to do the job. They’re a powerful differentiator in the quest to match skilled talent to key jobs in the digital age.  Our blog post Need another reason to earn a Microsoft Certification? has even more details. In the meantime, here’s a summary.


Certifications are valuable for technical professionals:

  • They tell the world that you seek to learn and achieve competency in new technical skill areas.
  • They can boost confidence, efficiency, and productivity. You’re not just trained—you’re certified.
  • They can make you more competitive—deeper skills have stronger influence on professional colleagues.
  • They can even lead to a boost in salary.

Certification is valuable for organizations:

  • For companies looking for technical professionals, certification simplifies talent identification and can streamline recruiting.
  • For those training their current talent, certifications can inspire the commitment among newly upskilled employees.
  • Teams with certifications have proven essential skills for the job to help make an organization’s workforce more productive and competitive.

Whether you’re looking to level up your career or to jump-start a new one, you can use Azure certifications to build and validate your technical knowledge and abilities in the modern cloud environment. In these unsettling times, earning your Microsoft Certification can help provide you with the edge you need with organizations that are seeking skilled talent. Need inspiration? Check out our video Microsoft Certifications for Azure.



Use your profession to find a certification

Azure certifications allow system administrators (IT pros), developers, and data and AI professionals to validate that they have the skills necessary to cover all aspects of digital transformation. These skills range from managing on-premises, hybrid, or cloud infrastructure, to innovating with the best-in-class applications, to supporting those apps and infrastructure with data and analytics—all with the proper security considerations. For a high-level look at all of our certifications, organized by professional roles, check out the blog post Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you.


Target the right certification for your skills

In our portfolio, certifications are designed for specific skills. Some are best suited for individual job roles. Several of our certifications are a good fit for more than one technical audience or profession. How do you decide which one is the best for you?


Sometimes a picture helps. We’ve put together Upskill with Azure certifications, an illustration that shows how the certifications intersect with core skills required for Azure. Choose your skills, and see which certifications align with them. Download the illustration, and use it to help decide which certifications best fit your skill set.


Make the most of your career: Explore our training resources

We have plenty of resources to help you as an individual skill up in your career, whether you want training for a certification or you want to learn and deepen technical skills. When you’re ready, we can help you prepare for your certification exam. If your organization needs to upskill its workforce, we have the necessary resources.


Microsoft Learning Partners provide you and your organization a breadth of training solutions customized to your project plans to help you meet goals for specific workloads. These resources include instructor-led training—by Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs)—or self-paced training, offered virtually or in-person. Individuals or teams from an organization can sharpen their technical skills with in-depth training solutions that combine Microsoft Official Courseware, local market expertise, videos, hands-on labs, and Microsoft Certification preparation to help take your or your team’s Microsoft technology skills to the next level—no matter which path you choose.


You can also access a variety of training on Microsoft Learn to customize your own learning journey with up-to-date content developed by experts. Microsoft Learn offers free, interactive, self-paced browser-based coding/scripting environments. Plus, you don’t need an Azure subscription to do most of the labs, since Microsoft Learn has a free sandbox environment.


You can use Microsoft Learn as your training portal to access courses from Microsoft Learning Partners, watch original technical content from Microsoft and the community on Learn TV, advance technical skills using up-to-date learning paths, and build your tech profile (including a photo, your achievements, and your own curated collections of content) as you engage with other community members.


Want a trial run? Build confidence in your skills and prepare for certification success with a Microsoft Certified Official Practice Test created by our partner MeasureUp and based on our exam outlines.


It’s time to level up!

Passionate about exploring new technical areas? We are, too. Whether you’re just starting your cloud learning journey or you’re a seasoned pro who builds and deploys business-critical workloads on-premises, in hybrid environments, or in the cloud, we’re here to help you on your journey. Choose from a wide variety of certifications to help advance your career, gain recognition, and validate your technical knowledge and abilities.



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