Microsoft announced, at Inspire 2018, some additions and changes to the Microsoft Certifications surrounding the Microsoft Azure cloud that are starting to be released, and will be expanded upon in the near future around the timing of the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference in September 2018. These announcements were made in the LER01 – The future of modern learning session at MS Inspire 2018, in addition to a blog post on the Microsoft Learning blog written by Liberty Munson.

New Azure Certification Paths

Microsoft announced 3 new Azure Certification paths coming for Administrators, Developers, and Solutions Architects working with Microsoft Azure. Each of these certifications consist of passing 2 exam to earn.

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Here’s the 3 new Azure Certification paths, and the exams that need to be passed in order to earn each of them:

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Upgrade Path from 70-533 Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions Exam

If you’ve already previously passed the 70-533 Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions certification exam, then you’ll be able to take and pass the AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition “upgrade” exam. This exam covers the delta between the 70-533 and the 2 new exams, and will only test you on what wasn’t already covered on the 70-533 certification exam. Yay, an upgrade path!!

Better Alignment Towards Job Roles

The big reason Microsoft is making this change to the Azure Certification paths it to better align the certifications towards the job roles professionals in the workplace are working in. The current, existing certification exams for Microsoft Azure are really broad in topics and cover a very broad range of skills that are difficult for most professionals to master.

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This is certainly an interesting change to the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) program, and I’m really interested in seeing what the new exams end up being for the new Azure Developer and Azure Solution Architecture certification tracks!

Additional Tracks / Roles Coming in 2019

The first 3 Azure Certifications coming in 2018 are just the beginning of these new changes to the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) program. Another thing announced is that Microsoft will be releasing many more Role-based Certification Tracks / Paths in the first half of 2019. This is to include an additional 10+ roles. When the new certification changes are finally rolled out then there will be More Than 13 New Certifications for Microsoft technologies from Microsoft Azure to other Microsoft technologies!

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Happy studying!

If desired, you can watch the LER01 – The future of modern learning session from Microsoft Inspire 2018 to see the full announcement they made at the conference.

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