Microsoft re-future Azure learning

Microsoft re-future Azure learning


QA's Head of Cloud Solutions, Mark Crump, outlines the changes Microsoft are making to their Azure and 365 curriculums.

Overview

 

At their 2018 Ignite conference Microsoft released detailed information about the sweeping changes they are making in the Azure and MS 365 curriculums. The news wasn’t limited to the announcement of new courses, but also revealed there will be new learning paths that will be mapped to job roles (using their own business skills analysis) and courses aligned directly with the new exams. To further embolden their new learning pathway Microsoft also announced the retirement of parts of the existing Azure curriculum and their associated certifications, as well as a route for 'transitioning' to the new qualifications.

 

 

Top Questions

 

What does the future look like?

There are new learning paths for Azure Certification

Microsoft have embraced a more free-form workshop model of delivery to give a far more agile feel to their Azure courses. Each learning path is made up of single-day courses that focus on a single technology.

Each course can be taken individually but can also be combined into a 5-day block of learning, allowing learners to have more control of their Azure education.

There are new exams with a much narrower focus, which should make them easier to prepare for and show more role-specific qualifications as a result.

The new job roles and their certifications are the following:

  • Azure Solutions Architect
  • Azure Administrator
  • Azure Developer
  • Azure DevOps Engineer
  • Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator
  • Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator

 

The exams for the Azure Administrator path have been live since July 2018 and the Azure Developer and Azure Solutions Architect certification exams were released in beta at the end of September 2018. The remaining paths (Azure DevOps Engineer, Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator, and Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator) should be launched by the end of the year.

What about my current Azure qualifications?

Recertification is necessary to maintain your qualifications

If you already hold any of the old Azure certifications (70-532, 70-533, 70-535) you will be eligible to take a 'transition' exam and migrate your certifications over to the new paths.

The following transition exams are being offered for a limited period of time only (they are slated to be retired after June 30th 2019):

What's in the pipeline?

The sweeping changes are not just limited to the Azure curriculum

News of the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate and Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certifications recently surfaced.

These are rumoured to also require two exams to be passed in order to earn each full qualification. Although full details of these paths have not yet been publicised, they are expected to be made available by the end of 2018.

Sounds great, now what?

We want your feedback

At QA we are looking to engage with our customers as much as possible as the landscape of training changes and so would love to hear your thoughts on what Microsoft have done.

Please follow this link to a brief survey where you can tell us exactly what this change means to you and how we could help you embrace these new skills.

As a thank you for completing the survey, you'll be entered in to our prize draw to win a free Microsoft Azure course with QA, worth up to £3,000. *Terms and conditions apply.

We will be offering these new learning paths in the very near future, so for more details please watch this space.

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Mark Crump

Mark Crump

Head of Cloud Solutions

As the Head of Cloud Solutions, Mark architects the adoption, creation and delivery of our public cloud courses. As well as heading up this sector Mark also delivers training on Microsoft and Google public clouds as well as System Center Virtual Machine Manager/Hyper-V Private Cloud and Server 2012R2 on-premise infrastructure.

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At QA we are looking to engage with our customers as much as possible as the landscape of training changes and so would love to hear your thoughts on what Microsoft have done. Please follow the link below to a brief survey where you can tell us exactly what this change means to you and how we could help you embrace these new skills. As a thank you for completing the survey, you’ll be entered in to our prize draw to win a free Microsoft Azure course with QA, worth up to £3,000. *Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

 

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