Exam 70-535 to Replace 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions on November 30 – Here’s What You Should Know

Selina Winter

Updated 12/14/2017, 1/9/2018, and 2/5/2018 (changes in red)

Based on feedback on Exam 70-534 from our Azure certification experts and previous candidates, Microsoft is adjusting the scope of the exam to focus exclusively on design and architecture elements and eliminate tactical implementation details best covered in other Azure exams. The result is a stronger "architecting" exam with about 30% of the objective domain changing.

Given the significant amount of change to the exam, we've decided to renumber the new exam to 70-535. Candidates currently preparing for 70-534 still have time to prepare for and take that exam for a limited time, and candidates just starting their preparation for Architecting Azure Solutions should focus on 70-535. Because 70-535 is a replacement exam, its name "Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions" will remain the same and this exam will not go through a beta test.

Key Dates and Registration Details for Candidates

The newly updated Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions will be available in English starting November 30, 2017; this is also the last day that you can register for 70-534 on its exam details page. Candidates who want to take 70-534 should register for it by November 30, 2017 and take it by December 31, 2017.

Why Did We Revise the Exam and What's Changing?

We recently met with a team of experts to review and redesign the objective domain (OD) for the exam. The goals for the meeting were to validate the target audience description, update the scope of the exam to include more architectural/design roles, and clarify the overall vision for the exam.

Architects and solution designers often specialize on data solutions, applications, networking, security, operations, and platform services. We agreed that for this exam, candidates should have awareness and some experience with each of these specializations. Each of these specializations is included in the revised OD, which you can review on the exam details page for 70-535.

In addition, the team agreed that the exam should focus on understanding which tools and technologies to use to meet specific business constraints and when to use specific tools and technologies. The exam will no longer focus on implementation details.

Why Did We Renumber 534?

Renumbering the exam allows us to offer both exams for a month (from November 30 to December 31) to help ease the transition for candidates who are currently studying for Exam 534.

How Does This Affect My MCSA/MCSE/MCSD Certifications?

Exam 70-534 will continue to apply to the attainment of the related MCSA/MCSE/MCSD certifications if you register for the exam before the November 30 deadline and take the exam before December 31, 2017.

If you took 70-534 previously and earned a MCSA/MCSE/MCSD certification, you will retain that certification. Exam 70-535 is a direct replacement for Exam 70-534; it is being added to all the relevant MCSA/MCSE/MCSD paths and the certification requirements affected by this change will be updated over the next few weeks. You will be able to find the updated requirements by browsing for them on the certification overview page of the Microsoft Learning site.

What Exam Prep Resources Are Available?

What About Special Offers for Azure Certification?

Check out the current offers on the Azure Training and Certification page. If you purchase (or have purchased in the past) any promotional offer that contains Azure exams, prior to the release of 70-535, the voucher will be updated to include this new exam when it becomes available.

Good luck on your Azure certification Journey!

  • Georgy A. Gadzhiev
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    Is there the beta exam for 535 going to be released?


  • Selina Winter
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    @Georgy - Since 535 is really an update of 534, we will not have a beta, we will go directly to our full production exam.  Thanks!

  • arno borst
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    Is there a date when the new exam-ref will be released?


  • Selina Winter
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    @arno -

    The Exam Ref for 70-535 will publish in late March or early April, 2018. (Update: now planned for May 10, 2018. You can preorderat the link below within 90 days of the book's publication date.)

    Exam Ref 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions


    Haishi Bai / Steve Maier / Dan Stolts      


  • Juv Chan
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    @Selina, I have been certified MCSA: Cloud Platform in Nov. 2017.

    If I take the 70-535 in this December, will my certification be promoted to MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure?

    If yes to the above, will the MCSE title still valid in 2018?

    Thanks very much!

  • Asim
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    The ISBN you provided above for Exam Ref 70-535 is actually for the upcoming Exam Ref 70-534 Second Edition and its also aligned with 534, not 535. Obviously it doesn't make sense for MS to release second edition of 70-534 anymore.

    Is there a different Exam Ref/ISBN planned for 70-535 or will MS rename second edition and align it with 70-535?


  • eManu
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    If I need retake the 70-354 Exam, it's possible if I buy a Azure Exam Pack?


  • Selina Winter
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    @eManu - yes, if purchase the Azure Exam pack, it can be used for exam 535.  (In fact, any voucher that currently covers exam 534 can be used 535 for registration.


  • carlos Rojano Casado
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    Hi Selina,

    Can I retake 70-534 exam after December 31st if I can't pass it before December 31st in first chance?


  • Ceasar
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    Thanks for the completely unnecessary stress.

    Having completed 70-534 less than 3 months ago and 70-533 before that, it seemed obvious that passing the 70-533 was all that was required for MCSE cloud and platform.

    Then This ;

    "Exam 70-534 will continue to apply to the attainment of the related MCSA/MCSE/MCSD certifications if you register for the exam before the November 30 deadline and take the exam before December 31, 2017"

    I was a MCSE in 1997 and have maintained various certifications ever since and  put significant effort into the Cloud and Platform MCSE however this kind of mindless requirement really does irritate.

    Further, after purchasing the mindhub vouchers in order to attempt to absorb and pass a development exam in 3 weeks , it turns out that they are unable to complete the order ( happily billed me though) and therefore I have to pointless worry whether the Microsoft promoted offer will be processed in 2 days let alone 2 hours to avoid a completely arbitrary deadline to register for an exam that is not being retired !

    Rant over. Study over.

  • Selina Winter
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    @Carlos - The registration link for Exam 545 will not be available after November 30. However, for special circumstances such as yours, you can contact Pearson via phone or your local test center and they can register you for your retake.  The registration must be completed by Dec. 31 and the retake would need to be completed by March 31. You can contact Pearson for a phone registration at www.pearsonvue.com/.../.

    Thanks and good luck!

  • Selina Winter
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    @Ceasar, I'm sorry for your stress.  I am not sure I fully understand both of your issues, could you contact us directly at certify@microsoft.com, so we can work with you to help resolve.  Please include your MCID in that email. The team is on the look out for your email. Thanks.

  • Arsenij
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    70-534 is still available for the registration, isn't it?

  • Selina Winter
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    @Arsenij - Web registration was closed for 534 as of November 30.  (Note: I see the button has not yet been removed, so you could try to use web registration until the button is removed.) Once web registration is no longer available, you may register fro 534 by calling VUE or your local Pearson VUE test center by December 31.  Find the right Pearson VUE contact information at www.pearsonvue.com/.../.

    Good luck!

  • Darren Robinson
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    Hi Selina,

    I passed 70-534 before the end of December 2017 but I didn't register for it until after November the 30th 2017. Can you confirm that it will still count towards an MCSA/MCSE?

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