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Role Specialization with Microsoft Azure Certifications

Although 70% of CIOs have a “cloud-first strategy” and 85% of enterprises want to incorporate cloud architecture, only 16% of organizations have the required skills and processes. Businesses are looking to fill roles with professionals who have skills to work across multiple platforms with rapidly changing tools & technology. There is a significant skill gap in Cloud IT roles. After massive market research & consultation with industry SME who are working in the field, Microsoft has refined & defined overall list of roles & skills. Now training and certification has expanded beyond individual technologies to focus on the skills and concepts needed for specific job roles.

RPS Consulting – India’s top enterprise learning organization and a global managed partner to Microsoft offers courses on all Azure Skills through a variety of delivery models with its massive strength of over 20+ MCTs (Microsoft Certified Trainer).

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    Azure Administrator
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    Azure Developer
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    Azure Solution Architect
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    Azure DevOps
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    Azure Security Engineer
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    Azure Data & AI

Azure Administrator

Azure Administrators manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Candidates for these exams have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale, as well as provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources as appropriate. 

Learning Path for Certification

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Instructor Lead Courses leading to new exams

Refer the below table to understand the list of courses that lead and prepare you for the new exams. These courses are delivered as on premises private batches for organizations, Virtual Instructor Lead Programs and Open public programs.

Exam Titles ILT Titles ILT Course ID Course Duration
Microsoft Azure Administrator
EXAM AZ-103
Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-103T00 4-Days

Azure Developer

Microsoft Azure is the cloud for modern business. Expand your Azure development skills like Cloud technology selection, Cloud storage, PaaS solution, Secure cloud solutions, Develop Azure cloud model, cloud integration and developing AI,ML & IoT. Meet future business needs with these certifications.

Learning Path for Certification

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Instructor Lead Courses leading to new exams

Refer the below table to understand the list of courses that lead and prepare you for the new exams. These courses are delivered as on premises private batches for organizations, Virtual Instructor Lead Programs and Open public programs.

Exam Titles ILT Titles ILT Course ID Course Duration
Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
EXAM AZ-203
Develop Azure Infrastructure as a Service compute solutions AZ-203T01 1-Day
Develop Azure Platform as a Service compute solutions AZ-203T02 1-Day
Develop for Azure Storage AZ-203T03 1-Day
Implement Azure Security AZ-203T04 1-Day
Monitor, troubleshoot and optimize Azure solutions AZ-203T05 1-Day
Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services AZ-203T06 1-Day

Azure Solution Architect

Master the skills needed to design solutions that run on Azure. A Microsoft Azure solution architect demonstrate expertise in compute, network, storage, and security.

Learning Path for Certification

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Instructor Lead Courses leading to new exams

Refer the below table to understand the list of courses that lead and prepare you for the new exams. These courses are delivered as on premises private batches for organizations, Virtual Instructor Lead Programs and Open public programs.

Exam Titles ILT Titles ILT Course ID Course Duration
Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect – Technologies
EXAM AZ-300
Deploying and Configuring Infrastructure AZ-300T01 1-Day
Implementing Workloads and Security AZ-300T02 1-Day
Understanding Cloud Architect Technology Solutions AZ-300T03 1-Day
Creating and Deploying Apps AZ-300T04 1-Day
Developing for the Cloud AZ-300T06 1-Day
Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect – Design
Exam AZ-301
Designing for Identity and Security AZ-301T01 1-Day
Designing a Data Platform Solution AZ-301T02 1-Day
Designing for Deployment, Migration and Integration AZ-301T03 1-Day
Designing an Infrastructure Strategy AZ-301T04 1-Day

Azure DevOps

This Seven Days Azure DevOps Training contains a pack of seven courseware that helps candidates to prepare for Exam AZ-400. Enhance your Azure knowledge with DevOps by implementing DevOps Development Processes, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Dependency Management, Application Infrastructure, Continuous Feedback and also by designing a DevOps Strategy.

Learning Path for Certification

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Instructor Lead Courses leading to new exams

Refer the below table to understand the list of courses that lead and prepare you for the new exams. These courses are delivered as on premises private batches for organizations, Virtual Instructor Lead Programs and Open public programs.

Exam Titles ILT Titles ILT Course ID Course Duration
Microsoft Azure DevOps
EXAM AZ-400
Implementing DevOps Development Processes AZ-400T01 1-Day
Implementing Continuous Integration AZ-400T02 1-Day
Implementing Continuous Delivery AZ-400T03 1-Day
Implementing Dependency Management AZ-400T04 1-Day
Implementing Application Infrastructure AZ-400T05 1-Day
Implementing Continuous Feedback AZ-400T06 1-Day
Designing a DevOps Strategy AZ-400T07 1-Day

Azure Security Engineer

Azure Security Engineers employ security controls and threat protection; handle access and identity; protect information, applications, and networks in hybrid and cloud environments as part of their end-to-end infrastructure.

Learning Path for Certification

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Instructor Lead Courses leading to new exams

Refer the below table to understand the list of courses that lead and prepare you for the new exams. These courses are delivered as on premises private batches for organizations, Virtual Instructor Lead Programs and Open public programs.

Exam Titles ILT Titles ILT Course ID Course Duration
Microsoft Azure Security Technologies
EXAM AZ-500
Microsoft Azure Security Technologies AZ-500T00 5-Days

Azure Data & AI

Data, as the basis for all advanced analytics and machine learning, is among the most strategic assets a business can have. Advances in data science and prebuilt AI providers put that world within reach for every company on Earth. Learn to unleash the energy of AI using a modern data strategy that allows us to locate, refine, and connect data more efficiently than ever. Learn to analyze the requirements for AI solutions, recommend appropriate tools and technologies, and implements solutions that meet scalability and functionality requirements.

Learning Path for Certification

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Instructor Lead Courses leading to new exams

Refer the below table to understand the list of courses that lead and prepare you for the new exams. These courses are delivered as on premises private batches for organizations, Virtual Instructor Lead Programs and Open public programs.

Exam Titles ILT Titles ILT Course ID Course Duration
Implementing an Azure Data Solution
EXAM DP-200
Implementing an Azure Data Solution DP-200T01 3-Days
Designing an Azure Data Solution
EXAM DP-201
Designing an Azure Data Solution DP-201T01 2-Days
Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution
EXAM AI-100
Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution AI-100T01 3-Days

Public Program Schedule

Courses Duration Download brochure Location Schedule Enroll
Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Technologies (AZ-300) 4.5 Days Download Register
Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions (AZ-400) 5 Days Download Register
Implementing an Azure Data Solution (DP-200) 3 Days Download Register
Microsoft 365 Identity and Services (MS-100) 5 Days Download Register
Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security (MS-101) 4 Days Download Register
Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) 1 Day Download Register
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Core (MB-200) 5 Days Download Register
Microsoft Azure Administrator (AZ-104) 4 Days Download Register
Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (AZ-204) 5 Days Download Register

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FAQ

  • What is the new certification model ?
  • When will these new certifications be available?
  • How did you determine these roles and what are the definitions?
  • What is required to achieve one of these Azure Apps and Infrastructure certifications?
  • What do I receive if I pass just one of the two exams required for certification?
  • Do these new exams and certifications replace any existing Azure exams?
  • Will this change affect requirements for competencies?
  • What should I do if I’m currently preparing for one of the retiring exams?
  • My competency is coming up for renewal and my organization previously met the competency requirements by taking one of the retiring exams. Do I have to take the two new certification exams to meet requirements?
  • What is the difference between the new role-based certification exams and the transition exams
  • How much are the transition exams
  • Where can I find training for the new certifications
  • Over time, will we see all existing Microsoft certifications and courses go through a JTA

The model is based on three tiers of expertise: Fundamentals, Associate, and Expert. For some solution areas, there will be a Fundamentals-level exam. Upon passing that exam, he/she receives a Fundamentals certification. The Associate level typically includes two (2) role-based exams, though this can vary, based on the skills required for the associated job role. Individuals must pass all required exams to receive the Associate certification. The Fundamentals exam is not required to receive the Associate-level certification. Expert-level requirements vary by certification, based on the skills required for that job role—in some cases, by passing two Expert-level exams without an Associate-level certification, or by attaining an Associate-level certification and then passing an Expert-level exam. Be sure to refer to the specific certification and exam pages for specific requirements.


There is an additional option for some Associate-level and Expert-level certification, and that is by passing a transition exam. The transition exam is intended for people who have already demonstrated skills in the content domain by passing the existing exams that the new role-based certification exams will be replacing. They cover the delta between the current certification and what we expect people who earn the new certification to be able to do. We don’t want to retest people on the same content where they have already demonstrated competence by passing the existing exam, and we don’t want to penalize people who have been preparing to take an exam that we are replacing with the new certifications (they should still take the exam, but they should do so quickly, as all of the affected exams will be retired within six (6) months of the new exam availability). Transition exams cover net new content, content that wasn’t covered in enough depth, and content on aspects of the technology that have likely changed since someone took the exam. As a result, the transition exam is not shorter than a typical exam but more focused on the key tasks and skills that were not assessed in the existing exam or certification that is being replaced.

New Azure Apps and Infrastructure certifications are currently available for the following roles: Azure Administrator, Azure Developer, and Azure Solutions Architect. Transition exams are available for each of these roles.

The content domains assessed in the new role-based certifications are based on a thorough job task analysis (JTA) that was done to truly understand the skills required to be successful in that job role. After compiling that list of skills, we narrowed it down to what we would measure in the certification process. There are four roles currently defined for the Azure Apps and Infrastructure certifications.


Cloud Administrator: Cloud Administrators manage the cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities, with a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle. They take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. They make recommendations on services to use for optimal performance and scale. They provision, size, monitor and adjust resources as appropriate.


Cloud Developer: Azure Developers design and build cloud solutions such as applications and services. They participate in all phases of development—from solution design to development and deployment to testing and maintenance. They partner with cloud solutions architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement the solution. Azure Developers should be proficient in developing apps and services by using Azure tools and technologies, including storage, security, compute, and communications.


Cloud Solutions Architect: A Cloud Solutions Architect (CSA) advises stakeholders and translates business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. CSAs have advanced experience and knowledge across various aspects of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data management, budgeting, and governance. This role requires managing how decisions in each area affects an overall solution. CSAs must be proficient in cloud administration, cloud development, and DevOps, and have expert-level skills in at least one of those domains.

To achieve one of these role-based certifications, you must pass the following exams:


Azure Administrator


  • Exam AZ-100: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure and Deployment
  • Exam AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration and Security

Azure Developer


  • AZ-200: Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions
  • AZ-201: Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions

Azure Solutions Architect


  • AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
  • AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

Upon passing both exams, the individual will be Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert.

Individuals who pass one of the two required exams for certification will receive an achievement badge.

Yes. Microsoft will be retiring the following exams on December 31, 2018:


  • Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

The replacement for Exam 70-532 is the Azure Developer Associate certification (consisting of exams AZ-200 and AZ-201).


The replacement for Exam 70-533 is the Azure Administrator Associate certification (consisting of exams AZ-100 and AZ-101).


The replacement for Exam 70-535 is the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification (consisting of exams AZ-300 and AZ-301).

Yes. It will affect the Cloud Platform, Application Development, Application Integration, and Cloud Business Applications competencies.


  • Cloud Platform: Exams 70-532, 70-533, and 70-535 are among the requirement options.
  • Application Development: Exams 70-532 and 70-533 are among the requirement options.
  • Application Integration: Exam 70-532 is among the requirement options.
  • Cloud Business Applications: Exam 70-535 is among the requirement options.

Exams 70-532, 70-533, and 70-535 will retire on December 31, 2018, but will be valid for competencies until December 31, 2019. The new requirements will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

Individuals who are currently preparing for Exam 70-532, 70-533, or 70-535 must complete the examination by December 31, 2018. Those exams will be valid for competencies until December 31, 2019.

No. Individuals in your organization who previously passed Exam 70-532, 70-533, or 70-535 should take the appropriate transition exam instead. The transition exam covers the delta between the current certification and what we expect people who earn the new certification to be able to do. The transition exams are as follows:


  • If you cancel or reschedule your registration 5 or more calendar days before the scheduled start date of the class – No cancellation charges
  • If you cancel or reschedule your registration less than 5 calendar days before the scheduled start date of the class – cancellation charges 100% of the course fee
  • If you do not show up for the event, or cancel on the day of the event - cancellation charges 100% of the course fee

The following image shows the prescribed path for those who have previously passed one of the retiring exams (transition option) and for those who have not (net new option).


The content domains assessed in the new role-based certifications are based on a thorough JTA that was done to truly understand the skills required to be successful in that job role. After compiling that list of skills, we narrowed it down to what we would measure in the certification process. If you haven’t passed the associated existing exam, to become Microsoft Certified, you will need to pass the exam(s) in the path. However, if you have passed the associated existing exam, we want to recognize your accomplishments and provide a shorter path to certification through the transition process.


The transition exam is intended for people who have already demonstrated skills in the content domain by passing the existing exams that the new role-based certification exams will be replacing. They cover the delta between the current certification and what we expect people who earn the new certification to be able to do. We don’t want to retest people on the same content where they have already demonstrated competence by passing the existing exam, and we don’t want to penalize people who have been preparing to take an exam that we are replacing with the new certifications (they should still take the exam, but they should do so quickly, as all of the affected exams will be retired within six (6) months of the new exam availability). Transition exams cover net new content, content that wasn’t covered in enough depth, and content on aspects of the technology that have likely changed since someone took the exam. As a result, the transition exam is not shorter than a typical exam but more focused on the key tasks and skills that were not assessed in the existing exam or certification that is being replaced.

They are USD99 each.

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Yes. As the exams that make up our existing certifications become outdated, they will be replaced with certifications, exams, and learning paths that will be based on a JTA. Going forward, all new exams and certifications will also start with a JTA.