There’s no better way to prove your expertise with Microsoft technologies than earning a Microsoft certification. The certification exams are difficult as they really test your experience and expertise with Microsoft products. Also, some certifications even require multiple exams to earn. However, Microsoft isn’t very open with the numbers of how many people have earned each of the certifications. I’ve done some digging and have found some information on what the most popular Microsoft certifications are.

If you’re earning a certification to help your careers, then you probably aren’t very concerned with the number of people that have achieved that certification. After all, if it offers you a benefit, then does it really matter how many other people have earned that credential? Well, it might matter to you under certain circumstances.

Here are a few circumstances where it may be good to know which are the most popular Microsoft certifications:

  • If you are looking to make your resume standout, then you may want to obtain the certification that others being considered for the job may already have.
  • if you are looking to differentiate yourself, then you may want to obtain a certification that’s not as popular to show you have a skillset that may not be so common in other candidates.

Whatever your personal reason is to find out what Microsoft certifications are most popular, the following list should be interesting to you. The following is the list of the most popular Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 certifications:

  1. Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  2. Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  3. Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals
  4. Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals
  5. Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  6. Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals
  7. Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals
  8. Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  9. Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals
  10. Microsoft Certified: Power BI Data Analyst Associate
  11. Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
  12. Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate
  13. Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert
  14. Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate
  15. Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate

The above list was updated October 7, 2022, and gathered information shown by Credly for the “most popular” certifications issued for the Microsoft organization. It’s worth noting that I selectively did not include the Microsoft Office certifications in this list to focus primarily on the cloud.

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Chris Pietschmann is a Microsoft MVP (Azure & IoT) and HashiCorp Ambassador (2021) with 20+ years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He has worked with companies of all sizes from startups to Fortune 100. He is also a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect and developer, a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.