Microsoft Certification Guide: Overview and Career Paths



Microsoft is best known for its Windows operating systems and Office software, the company has other portfolios which includes online services (Bing, MSN, advertising), gaming (Xbox 360), hardware (tablets, PCs, keyboards and mice) and more. There are numerous certifications turns out qualified administrators and technicians to support its system and application products.

WHY GET CERTIFIED?
Microsoft certifications help an individual to shape their future career by helping them getting hired in their desired area of interests like cloud focussed jobs, also they help in being more productive, getting hired faster and receive deserved recognition.
Certifications give you a professional edge by providing globally recognized industry endorsed evidence of skills mastery, demonstrating your abilities and willingness to embrace new technologies. Verify your skills—and unlock your opportunities.

MOST SOUGHT AFTER JOB ROLES 
  • Developer - Microsoft developers design, build, test, and maintain cloud solutions. Developer certifications - Developer Certification Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • •Administrator - Microsoft administrators implement, monitor, and maintain Microsoft solutions.
  • Administrator Certifications - Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate and Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • •Solutions Architect - Microsoft solutions architects have expertise in compute, network, storage, security. 
  • Solutions Architect Certifications - Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • •Functional Consultant - Functional consultants leverage Microsoft Dynamics 365 to anticipate and plan for customer needs. 
  • Functional Consultant Certifications – Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Marketing Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Field Service Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Sales Functional Consultant Associate

MICROSOFT CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW:
Microsoft certification has several categories and many levels an individual should pass to earn the Microsoft Certification; Fundamental, Associate and Expert Level. 
Levels of Microsoft Certifications:
  • Fundamental Certifications - Ideal for individuals just starting in technology or thinking about a career change.
  • Fundamental Certifications – Microsoft Certified Dynamics 365 Fundamentals 
  • Microsoft 365 Certified Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals
  • •Associate Certifications - It is helpful to have related Fundamental certifications but is not required.
  • Associate Certifications – Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate 
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Marketing Functional Consultant Associate 
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Field Service Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Financials Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Supply Chain Management Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Morden Desktop Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate 
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Functional Consultant Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 for Sales Functional Consultant Associate
  • •Expert Certifications - Many Expert certifications require a specific Associate level certification.
  • Expert Certifications- Microsoft 365 Certified : Enterprise Administrator Expert
  • Microsoft Certified :Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
  • Microsoft Certified :Azure Solutions Architect Expert
For Further details please refer: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/browse-all-certifications.aspx?certificationtype=role-based
There are seven categories under the Microsoft certifications:
  • Cloud Platform and Infrastructure: This category encompasses business intelligence, Windows Server 2016, Microsoft Azure, machine learning, cloud data platform solutions, data analytics and big data, software-defined data centers, server infrastructures, private and hybrid clouds, DevOps, and more. This is the latest trend in Microsoft Certification.
  • Mobility: This category is for end-user and desktop topics, including Windows 10, desktop and enterprise applications, working with System Centre Configuration Manager and Intune, and planning for and managing devices in an enterprise setting.
  • Data Management and Analytics: This arena now incorporates machine learning, business intelligence, business applications, and data management and analytics, along with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and other Microsoft database technologies. Database development is also important and includes working with Transact-SQL and developing SQL databases. Business applications include extensive coverage of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Dynamics AX. Data management and analytics cover a range of topics, including cloud data platform solutions, big data analytics solutions, database solutions, implementing data models and reports, and various aspects of business intelligence solutions.
  • Productivity: This category brings the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) credentials together with those related to Microsoft productivity offerings, such as Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Skype for Business, as well as Office 365 identities, requirements and services.
  • App Builder: This is a development-oriented category that covers the ins and outs of using Microsoft solutions and platforms to build compatible software. Topics in this category include architecting, designing, testing and building solutions around Azure, programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, developing ASP.NET MVC Web apps, managing development throughout the entire software lifecycle, and more
  • Business Applications: This category focuses on Microsoft Dynamics 365 platforms and technologies, including Dynamics 365 for Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, Distribution and Trade, Trade, financial management (Finance and Operations), Retail, Talent, and Field Service and other focused applications.
•Core Infrastructure: Core Infrastructure focuses on virtualization, storage, networking, system management, identity management, and modern data centres.

Certifications within the Microsoft Certification Program include the following credentials:
•Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
•Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
•Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
•Microsoft Solutions Developer (MCSD)
•Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
HIGH-GROWTH OPPORTUNITY:
Upon earning a certification, 23% of Microsoft certified technologists reported receiving up to a 20% salary increase. What’s more, certified employees are often entrusted with supervising their peers—putting them on the fast track for a promotion as per 2017 Pearson VUE Value of Certification white paper
PREPARATION FOR THE CERTIFICATION 
Every individual has a difference pace at which and would prefer one method of learning than the other. Certifications are provided to the individuals of every certification journey. Some methods are as follows:
•Free Learning paths to prepare - With Microsoft Learn, anyone can master core concepts at their speed and on their schedule. They’ll have access to training materials, code samples, and be able to test-drive products at absolutely no cost to them.
•Prepare with instructor-led training - Microsoft Learning Partners offer a breadth of solutions to suit your learning needs, empowering you to achieve your training goals. Microsoft Certified Trainers have completed rigorous training and have met stringent technical certification requirements.
•Practice before the exam - Microsoft offers official practice tests designed to help candidates prepare for and pass certification exams. Our practice tests are written by industry experts in the subject matter to ensure that all objectives of the exam are covered in depth
When an individual completes an IT certification through the Microsoft Certification Program shows a person's competence in a specific IT role, and it can result in all kinds of work-related and personal benefits. This increases the chances of landing in the job (or getting a promotion), and over 80 percent of hiring managers report IT certifications are medium to high priority in hiring decisions.



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