The Value of Role-Based Training and Certification

At Microsoft Ignite 2018, the company announced significant changes for how they will certify Microsoft skills in the future. The new paths going forward for Microsoft Certifications are going to be role-based. This means that each certification track that’s introduced is going to be based on career paths, rather than just broad coverage of Microsoft product features and services.

This fundamental shift allows companies to specifically target job roles while planning for the development of their employees. Depth over breadth is the goal for this new certification structure and with a narrower focus on the job role rather than technology, Microsoft certification training will help you develop more relevant skills around your day-to-day activities.

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The Development of the Current Role-Based Certification Tracks

  • 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 each job role.
  • Once Microsoft compiled that list of skills they narrowed the list down to what could be measured through the certification process.
  • The new role-based certification 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.

Azure Role-Based Certifications

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Microsoft 365 Role-Based Certifications

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