Azure Certification Path
Lately a lot of you have asked me about the azure certification path and whats in the pipeline with some major proposed amendments. I thought it may be a good idea to create a list of high level topics one need to cover in order to qualify for the Azure Certifications. Please be aware this is a work in progress and will always be (given these certification subjects constantly change over the time):
Microsoft announced, at Ignite 24th Sep 2018, 6 New Role Based Certifications. 70-532,70-533, and 70-535 retires on 31 December 2018. Existing exam holders can choose to go with transition exams till March 2019. The new certifications will be called Azure Fundamentals, Azure Associate and Azure Expert.
70-533 (Retires 31 Dec 2018) + AZ 102 (Retires 31 Mar 2018) = Microsoft Azure Administrator
70-532 (Retires 31 Dec 2018) + AZ 202 (Retires 31 Mar 2018) = Microsoft Azure Developer
Azure Solution Architect:
70-535 (Retires 31 Dec 2018) + AZ 302 (Retires 31 Mar 2018) = Microsoft Azure Solution Architect
Therefore, the 70-533, 70-532, and 70-535 expires on 31st Dec 2018. We will have to take transition exams (Az102, Az202, Az302) until 31st Mar 2019 in order to upgrade to Administrator, Developer, Architect paths.
More details: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/browse-new-certification.aspx
OLD Certification Path:
Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
This exam tests your understanding of Azure from the viewpoint of a software developer. That is, if you are looking to write code that works in Azure, how would you write it? How do you use the features of Azure, such as message queues, databases, compute and storage, in your solutions?
Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions
This exam tests your understanding of Azure from the viewpoint of DevOps. For example, how do you provision virtual machines? How do you control network traffic to and from those machines? How do you ensure high availability in storage, or continuously deploy code to a Web App?
Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
This exam tests your understanding of Azure from the viewpoint of a systems architect. For example, if you need to create a highly available microservice, what Azure resources would you need, and how would you configure them? If you have a price-sensitive customer that needs a disaster recovery solution, what’s the most cost-effective option that protects against a regional outage?
Note: There are more exams that have Azure as part of their content or that focus on Azure, but as of this writing, they aren’t used to earn an Azure certification badge.
Some of you have messaged asking for the best possible sequence for writing these exams. I think it totally depends. If you are a:
- Dev – Go for 532
- Infra – Go for 533
- Architect – Go for 535
- Hybrid – Go for 537
and so on…you got the picture!
Also, if you are totally new to Public Cloud/Azure then I would suggest (personal recommendations) you go for 533, 535, and then 532.
MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
The highest-level Azure certification is Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.
To earn this badge, you first must earn MCP, MCSA and then MCSE:
- MCSA: Cloud Platform,
- MCSA: Linux on Azure,
- MCSA: Windows Server 2012 or
- MCSA: Windows Server 2016.
Once you have MCSA badge, you must pass one of the following exams, which you have not yet passed:
- Exam 70-532, Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
- Exam 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions
- Exam 70-535, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
- Exam 70-473, Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
- Exam 70-475, Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions
- Exam 70-744, Securing Windows Server 2016
- Exam 70-413, Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
- Exam 70-414, Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
- Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud
- Exam 70-247, Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud
Again: If you took one of these exams to earn your MCSA badge, you can’t use that exam to get the MCSE badge. You have to pass another exam you have not already passed in order to earn your MCSE badge.
For example, if you earned the MCSA: Linux on Azure badge, you have already taken Exam 70-533 and therefore, will not be able to apply that exam to an MCSE certification. Or, if you earned the MCSA: Cloud Platform badge, you have already taken Exam 70-532 and Exam 70-533, and cannot apply those exams to your MCSE certification.