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Finding the right Microsoft Azure certification for you

Looking to earn an Azure certification? Our portfolio spans from fundamentals to role-based and specialty certifications to help prove and advance your skills in modern cloud environments.

Use your profession to find a certification

If you build, deploy, or manage on-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge, we have certifications for you. You can also match a certification with your profession (or the one you aspire to). How should you decide which one is the best for you?

Explore our certifications by profession:

  • System administrators (IT pros)
  • Developers
  • Data and AI experts
  • Cross-profession

Or build your technology foundations:

  • Fundamentals

Certifications for system administrators (IT pros). We recommend these certifications for IT pros who want to validate their skills in building, deploying, and managing on-premises, hybrid, or cloud infrastructure solutions.

If you’re a cloud administrator who implements and manages your organization’s Azure environment, consider the Azure Administrator Associate certification and the related training. If you dive deep into implementing security controls and threat protection, and networks in cloud and hybrid environments, the Azure Security Engineer Associate could be a great fit for you.

Certifications for developers. Want to prove your ability to innovate with best-in-class apps? Check out these certifications. For additional developer certifications, see the “Cross-profession certification” list that follows.

Explore the Azure Developer Associate certification, which validates the skills necessary to design, build, test, and maintain cloud applications and services. Or focus on creating Azure IoT solutions, with the Azure IoT Developer Specialty, and demonstrate your ability to develop cloud and edge components.

Certifications for data and AI experts. To validate your skills in supporting apps and infrastructure with data and analytics, you’ve got quite a few options. For additional data and AI certifications, see the “Cross-profession certification” list that follows plus our Azure courses.

If you design and implement the management, monitoring, security, and privacy of data solutions using the full stack of Azure data services, consider earning your Azure Data Engineer Associate certification. To verify your data analytics and visualization skills and show how you maximize the value of your organization’s data using Microsoft Power BI, earn your Data Analyst Associate certification. If you’re implementing and running machine learning workloads on Azure Machine Learning, check out the Azure Data Scientist Associate certification.

Cross-profession certifications. Depending on the specific certification, these could be suitable for system administrators, data and AI pros, and developers.

If you’re a developer or an expert in data and AI consider the Azure AI Engineer Associate certification. Are you an expert at working with people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver business value? DevOps Engineer Expert is the role-based expert-level certification for you. It builds on the prerequisite Azure Administrator or Azure Developer certification. If you have the skills to design end-to-end solutions for Azure, consider the comprehensive Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, which covers infrastructure, apps, and data and is suitable for IT pros, developers, and data professionals.

Fundamentals certifications. Looking to validate your foundational understanding of Microsoft technologies? Read about our current certifications, and then read on to learn about some exciting additions to Azure certification programs.

If you’re a system administrator, developer, or data and AI professional who is just starting on Azure or the cloud, consider the Azure Fundamentals certification. This validates your basic knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Azure. It can also help to prepare you for other Azure certifications, but it’s not a prerequisite for any of them. Although not part of the Azure portfolio, the Power Platform Fundamentals certification can help data analysts and Azure devs validate their understanding of core Microsoft Power Platform capabilities, including Power Apps and Power BI.

(Source: Microsoft Learning blog)