As I mentioned in a previous post my goal is to be an expert in Azure and an authority on PaaS. The first course of action is to understand how Microsoft is positioning the technology in the marketplace for adoption. Best place to start is the certification program. This is particular true as the requirements are changing.
Microsoft published a blog post discussing the Microsoft Certified professional (MCP) program changes, with those changes getting fully published on the MCP site along-side the 2016 Microsoft Ignite conference.
There are now 5 new Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification tracks! Tweet this
Here is the list of new MCSE, and MCSD now available:
To earn each of these credentials, you must first earn a qualifying Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification and, then, pass a single additional exam from a list of electives associated with the corresponding Center of Excellence.
Microsoft also announced they are deprecating the Azure Solutions Architect MCSD certification as of March 31, 2017. Tweet this
We are still to follow the Microsoft Azure certification exams 70-532 Developer, 70-533 Infrastructure, and 70-534 Architecture as this are not being replaced, but are instead integrated into the new tracks. Be sure to read the followup blog post of common questions about the program.
There are 3 exams required to become a MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification:
Passing one of these exams will earn you a Microsoft Specialist certification. My first step is to get my Microsoft Specialist: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification by passing 70-532 exam.
If you are interest you can read How I’m studying for the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam.