Announcing New Azure Exams And Certification Path Recommendations for Azure Job Roles

Selina Winter

At Ignite this week, we are announcing plans to develop three new certification exams for Azure that provide technology professionals more opportunities to prove their skills as they progress in their career and grow their Azure expertise. The new exams align to skills required in three of the Modern IT Job Roles identified by the Azure team and discussed recently in a blog on the Azure web site:

  • For Azure Stack Operators - Exam 537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack
  • For Azure Solutions Architects - Exam 539: Managing Linux Workloads on Azure
  • For Azure DevOps - Exam 538: Implementing Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

The exams will be added to existing certifications for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Cloud Platform, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): App Builder. Exam 537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Office will release in January. The remaining exams will follow a bit later in 2018.

While the new exams won't be out for a while, you don't have to wait to start work on your Azure Certification. Here are some ways to get started:

  • Prepare now for Exam 537 by taking a new Azure Stack Instructor-led course from one of our Learning Partners. Check out the Azure Stack Courses in our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offering.
  • Or, take one of the other Azure exams already available. In the chart accompanying this blog, you'll see recommendations for the certification journey that we think aligns best to several of the Modern IT Pro job roles. You can pick a path and get started today. With two exams, you'll earn your MCSA and with one additional exam, you'll earn your MCSE.

 

With the new exams under development, we're taking this opportunity to make a minor adjustment to our MCSA: Cloud Platform. Effective December 2017, Exams 473 and 475 will be removed as options for achieving the MCSA but will continue to be available in the elective pool for achieving your MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure. Any MSCA: Cloud Platform previously achieved using one of these exams will remain valid. Although the exams won't be a visible option on the web any longer, candidates can use Exam 473 and/or 475 to meet the requirements and obtain the MCSA: Cloud Platform between now and December 31, 2017.

You can also continue to renew your MCSE and MCSD Azure certifications each year, by taking an additional elective, to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your skills and your commitment and passion for continuous learning. So, if you earned an MCSE or MCSD in 2016, be sure to update it before the end of the year!

All Azure exams and certifications are linked to digital badges that allow candidates to easily share their credentials in a trusted and verifiable way. Through Acclaim, Microsoft's badge provider, candidates also have access to relevant job openings that align to their certified skills.

For more information on all our Azure Training and Certification offerings—including discounts on Azure exams and practice tests, see Microsoft Azure Training and Certification on our Microsoft Learning site. For a quick look at all of our Azure Certifications, check out the Browse All Certifications page on our site. For a quick view of Microsoft's complete certification path structure, as well as plans for new exams and exam retirements, download our guide from the Certification Overview page.

Comments
  • Ricardo Cabral
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    Hi Selina,

    There will be beta exam for 537, 538 and 539?

    Thanks,

    Ricardo

  • Selina Winter
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    @Ricardo - we will definitely release those exams first in Beta.  The beta for the first exam (537) will release in January. The availability of the beta exams will be announced here on Born to Learn.  Thanks!

  • M Rafiq
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    Hi Selina,

    Very exciting news. Cannot wait to have my own Azure running in my own box.

    When is Azure Stack MOOC scheduled to open for registration?

    Thanks

    Regards

    Mujahid

  • Selina Winter
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    @mujahid - It's great to see your enthusiasm for Azure Stack. Lot's of buzz about it at Ignite this week in Orlando.  The new MOOC course on Azure stack starts October 16, 2017, and is available now for registrations.  Find more info here. openedx.microsoft.com/.../about

  • Jan Żurawski
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    Hi Selina.

    You wrote "So, if you earned an MCSE or MCSD in 2016, be sure to update it before the end of the year!".

    Are there any plans (in the future) that will result in MCSE titles, earned 2016, going INACTIVE (maybe in 2018/2019)?

  • Jan Żurawski
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    Is the name of the Exam 533 going to change?

    Right now, the name is: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.

    In a above  screenshot I see  "Managing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions"

    Regards Jan

  • T Ray Humphrey
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    Hi Selina,

    You say the new exams will be "added" to MCSD App Builder and MCSE Cloud Platform certifications. Does that specifically mean they will be elective exams for those certifications?

    I hold both of these certs and have been scouting around for elective exams for renewal in 2018. It would be awesome if I could use exam 537 for both cert renewals.

    Thanks,

    Ray

  • Selina Winter
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    @Jan - We have no plans at the moment for when earned MCSEs would go inactive under the current path structure.  Our hope is that you choose how often you think you need to renew your MCSE to show you are staying current. Having said that, I expect that as certification requirements evolve, we will need to consider how long an MCSE earned in a specific year stays active.  Again, though, no plans for this currently.

    @Jan - Also, thanks for pointing out the  The name discrepancy for 533. We are NOT changing the name.  There is a mistake in the graphic.  We'll get that updated this week. The exam name is indeed: 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions.

    @Ray - plans call for 537 to be added to the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE pool. 538 will be added to the MCSD: App Builder.

  • Mikey Cooper
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    Is 539 replacing the LFCS requirement for MCSA: Linux on Azure? Or will it be another option?

  • Selina Winter
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    @Mikey - that is an excellent question. The MCSA: Linux on Azure is a joint certification (combining a Microsoft exam with an LFCS exam) as you know. So I think that 539 would be used as an elective following that to get your MCSE.  But let me take this question back to our SMEs and discuss how we need to incorporate thinking about our 539 exam as part of a Linux on Azure suggested certification path.  Thanks!

  • Aaron Salyers
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    Hi Selina,

    Is there any plan to make testing a little more flexible in terms of time frame?  I am interested in starting my Azure MCSA - MCSE but it is late enough in the year that with my work schedule I likely won't be able to get more than 1 or 2 tests done before the end of the year.  The cert paths as described on the overview page specify that exams must all be taken within the same calendar year, unless I am misunderstanding.  Given this I will likely wait until 2018 to start.

    Thanks

  • Selina Winter
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    @Aaron - thanks for your question. Actually, you may take as long as you like to complete your path.  Then, when you complete the requirements for you MCSE, you will be awarded the MCSE with that year appended. So, as an example: If you complete the two exam requirement for MCSA: Cloud in 2017, but don't complete your elective exam for the MCSE level until 2018, that's OK.  At that time, you'll be awarded your MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - 2018.  Then, each subsequent calendar year, you can renew your MCSE by taking an additional elective exam.  At that time you'll be awarded an MCSE for that year. To continue my example, if you go onto take another MCSE elective in 2019, you'll obtain the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - 2019. Hope that helps and encourages you to get started.  Especially given we have a new Azure certification bundle in market. Which you can find at www.microsoft.com/.../azure-training-certification.aspx.

  • Глеб Боушев
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    @Selina, howdy, I have literally all the exams that are part of MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure except for the big data one (and I don't want to pass that one). How do I prolong my MCSE? I'm a bit confused.

  • Rene Abrego
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    You can renew your MCSE by taking an elective exam that is part of the Azure certification process. So say you got your MCSE by doing the 3 core exams - 532, 533, 534. Elective exams are the Server 2016-focused ones, Linux on Azure, Azure Stack, DevOps on Azure, etc available from the MCSE page. Once you run out of elective exams to do however, I don't know what happens then...

  • Глеб Боушев
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    @rene, like i said, I only have got big data exam left (everything else I've passed ages ago), and I don't want to pass that one.

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