Build Your Skill Set with Professional Certifications

The demand for skilled and certified Information Technology and Project Management
professionals continues to grow.

Organizations need the assurance of knowing they are hiring skilled, prepared professionals capable of handling the essential responsibilities that will keep them compliant, responsive, and competitive. Directions Training offers a wide selection of Project Management and IT Certifications to prepare individuals to be more productive and useful to their organizations. Choose your path, and begin your journey to success.

Microsoft Certifications

Microsoft Certifications are the premier credentials for professional technologists so choose your path and build your skills today. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, the knowledge, experience and validation that you’ll gain will ensure your personal journey leads to professional success.

Azure

Candidates for the Azure Fundamentals certification should have the foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. This certification is intended for candidates who are just beginning to work with cloud-based solutions and services or are new to Azure.

Azure Fundamentals certification is an opportunity to prove knowledge of cloud concepts, Azure services, Azure workloads, security and privacy in Azure, as well as Azure pricing and support. Candidates should be familiar with the general technology concepts, including concepts of networking, storage, compute, application support, and application development.

Azure Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based or specialty certifications, but it is not a prerequisite for any of them.

Job role: Administrator, Business User, Developer, Student, Technology Manager

Courses:

AZ-900T00: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (2-Day)
AZ-900T01: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (1-Day)

Candidates for the Azure Administrator Associate certification should have subject matter expertise implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Microsoft Azure environment.

Responsibilities for this role include implementing, managing, and monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment, plus provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources, when needed.

An Azure administrator often serves as part of a larger team dedicated to implementing an organization’s cloud infrastructure.

A candidate for this certification should have at least six months of hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. In addition, this role should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates.

Job role: Administrator

Course:

AZ-104T00: Microsoft Azure Administrator

Candidates for the Azure Developer Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in designing, building, testing, and maintaining cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure.

Responsibilities for this role include participating in all phases of cloud development from requirements, definition, and design; to development, deployment, and maintenance; to performance tuning and monitoring.

Azure developers partner with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement solutions.

A candidate for this certification should have 1-2 years of professional development experience and experience with Microsoft Azure. In addition, the candidate for this role should have the ability to program in a language supported by Azure and proficiency in Azure SDKs, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.

Job role: Developer

Course:

AZ-204T00: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

Candidates for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification should have subject matter expertise in designing and implementing solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including aspects like compute, network, storage, and security. Candidates should have intermediate-level skills for administering Azure. Candidates should understand Azure development and DevOps processes.

Responsibilities for this role include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions.

An Azure Solution Architect partners with cloud administrators, cloud DBAs, and clients to implement solutions.

A candidate for this certification should have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, this role should have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development and DevOps processes.

Job role: Solution Architect

Courses:

AZ-303T00 – Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
AZ-304T00 – Microsoft Azure Architect Design

Candidates for the DevOps Engineer Expert certification should have subject matter expertise working with people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver business value.

Responsibilities for this role include designing and implementing strategies for collaboration, code, infrastructure, source control, security, compliance, continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback.

A candidate for this certification must be familiar with both Azure administration and development and must be an expert in at least one of these areas.

Job role: DevOps Engineer

Course:

AZ-400T00 – Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions

Candidates for the Azure Security Engineer certification should have subject matter expertise implementing security controls and threat protection, managing identity and access, and protecting data, applications, and networks in cloud and hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.

Responsibilities for this role include maintaining the security posture, identifying, and remediating vulnerabilities by using a variety of security tools, implementing threat protection, and responding to security incident escalations.

Azure Security Engineers often serve as part of a larger team dedicated to cloud-based management and security and may also secure hybrid environments as part of an end-to-end infrastructure.

A candidate for this certification should have strong skills in scripting and automation; a deep understanding of networking, virtualization, and cloud N-tier architecture; and a strong familiarity with cloud capabilities and products and services for Azure, plus other Microsoft products and services.

Job role: Security Engineer

Course:

AZ-500T00 – Microsoft Azure Security Technologies

Data and AI

Candidates for the Azure AI Fundamentals certification should have the foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services.

This certification is an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of common ML and AI workloads and how to implement them on Azure.

This certification is intended for candidates with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Data science and software engineering experience is not required; however, some general programming knowledge or experience would be beneficial.

Azure AI Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based certifications like Azure Data Scientist Associate or Azure AI Engineer Associate, but it’s not a prerequisite for any of them.

Job role: AI Engineer, Developer, Data Scientist, Student

Course:

AI-900T00 – Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals

Candidates for the Azure Data Fundamentals certification should have foundational knowledge of core data concepts and how they are implemented using Microsoft Azure data services.

This certification is intended for candidates beginning to work with data in the cloud.

Candidates should be familiar with the concepts of relational and non-relational data, and different types of data workloads such as transactional or analytical.

Azure Data Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based certifications like Azure Database Administrator Associate or Azure Data Engineer Associate, but it’s not a prerequisite for any of them.

Job role: Database Administrator, Data Analyst, Data Engineer, Developer, Student

Course:

DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals

Azure Data Engineers integrate, transform, and consolidate data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions.

Candidates for Exam DP-203: Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure must have a solid knowledge of data processing languages, such as SQL, Python, or Scala, and they need to understand parallel processing and data architecture patterns.

Job role: Data Engineer

Course:

DP-203T00 – Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure

The Azure Data Scientist applies their knowledge of data science and machine learning to implement and run machine learning workloads on Azure; in particular, using Azure Machine Learning Service.

Job role: Data Scientist

Course:

DP-100T01 – Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure

Data Analysts enable businesses to maximize the value of their data assets by using Microsoft Power BI. As a subject matter expert, Data Analysts are responsible for designing and building scalable data models, cleaning and transforming data, and enabling advanced analytic capabilities that provide meaningful business value through easy-to-comprehend data visualizations.

Job role: Data Analyst

Course:

DA-100T00 Analyzing Data With Microsoft Power BI

The Azure Database Administrator implements and manages the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Data Services. The Azure Database Administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes.

Candidates for this role should understand all concepts covered in DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals.

Job role: Database Administrator

Course:

DP-300T00 – Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure

Security

This certification is targeted to those looking to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services.

This is a broad audience that may include business stakeholders, new or existing IT professionals, or students who have an interest in Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions.

Candidates should be familiar with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 and want to understand how Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions can span across these solution areas to provide a holistic and end-to-end solution.

Job role: Business User, Student

Course:

SC-900T00 – Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals

The Information Protection Administrator plans and implements controls that meet organizational compliance needs. This person is responsible for translating requirements and compliance controls into technical implementation. They assist organizational control owners to become and stay compliant.

They work with information technology (IT) personnel, business application owners, human resources, and legal stakeholders to implement technology that supports policies and controls necessary to sufficiently address regulatory requirements for their organization. They also work with the compliance and security leadership such as a Chief Compliance Officer and Security Officer to evaluate the full breadth of associated enterprise risk and partner to develop those policies.

This person defines applicable requirements and tests IT processes and operations against those policies and controls. They are responsible for creating policies and rules for content classification, data loss prevention, governance, and protection.

Job role: Administrator, Information Protection Administrator, Risk Practitioner, Security Engineer

Course:

SC-400T00 – Microsoft Information Protection Administrator

The Microsoft Security Operations Analyst collaborates with organizational stakeholders to secure information technology systems for the organization. Their goal is to reduce organizational risk by rapidly remediating active attacks in the environment, advising on improvements to threat protection practices, and referring violations of organizational policies to appropriate stakeholders.

Responsibilities include threat management, monitoring, and response by using a variety of security solutions across their environment. The role primarily investigates, responds to, and hunts for threats using Microsoft Azure Sentinel, Azure Defender, Microsoft 365 Defender, and third-party security products. Since the security operations analyst consumes the operational output of these tools, they are also a critical stakeholder in the configuration and deployment of these technologies.

Job role: Security Engineer, Security Operations Analyst

Course:

SC-200T00 – Microsoft Security Operations Analyst

The Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator designs, implements, and operates an organization’s identity and access management systems by using Azure AD. They manage tasks such as providing secure authentication and authorization access to enterprise applications. The administrator provides seamless experiences and self-service management capabilities for all users. Adaptive access and governance are core elements to the role. This role is also responsible for troubleshooting, monitoring, and reporting for the identity and access environment.

The Identity and Access Administrator may be a single individual or a member of a larger team. This role collaborates with many other roles in the organization to drive strategic identity projects to modernize identity solutions, implement hybrid identity solutions, and implement identity governance.

Job role: Administrator, Identity And Access Administrator, Security Engineer

Course:

SC-300T00 – Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator

Business Applications

If you’re a business professional with deep expertise in your solution domain and you want to use your passion for building Microsoft Power Platform solutions to simplify, automate, and transform tasks and processes for your team, this certification is designed for you. You must have the skills to accomplish key technical business analyst tasks, such as data modeling, basic UX design, requirements analysis, and process analysis.

You fit the profile for the app maker role if you’re self-directed and solution-focused, and you work with the maker tools of Microsoft Power Platform to solve business problems. You might have experience with Visual Basic for Applications, Excel PivotTables, Teams, and other tools. Although you might not have formal IT training, you’re comfortable working with IT administrators and Microsoft Power Platform developers using technology to solve business problems. You’re responsible for:

  • Designing and creating apps and automating workflows.
  • Analyzing and visualizing data in the context of an app or automated workflow.
  • Implementing and managing apps and automated workflows.

To learn more, read our post: Are you a Power Platform App Maker? Now’s the time to get certified. If you need more experience before you try for this certification, you could:

  • Volunteer on a project to get real-life experience with data modeling, basic UX design, requirements analysis, or process analysis.
  • Take learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Business Analyst, Business Owner, Business User, Data Analyst, Developer, DevOps Engineer, App Maker, Technology Manager

Course:

PL-100T00 – Microsoft Power Platform App Maker

If you’re a student, business user, or beginning technical professional, this certification can accelerate your progress and give your career a boost, as you use your Microsoft Power Platform skills to improve your team’s productivity. No experience is necessary to train for it—just basic familiarity with computer technology, data analytics, cloud computing, and the internet. Think of a fundamentals certification as the first step in growing your skillset and advancing to other certifications, such as Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant.

The Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals certification could be a great fit for you if you’d like to:

  • Build solutions with Microsoft Power Platform.
  • Automate basic business processes with Power Automate.
  • Perform data analysis with Power BI.
  • Create simple Power Apps experiences.
  • Build practical chatbots with Power Virtual Agents.

This certification has no prerequisites. However, if you’d like to gain some more experience, you could:

  • Shadow a person on your team who works with Microsoft Power Platform.
  • Explore available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Business User, Functional Consultant, Student

Course:

PL-900T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals

Are you a functional consultant, data analyst, or developer looking to hone your consulting and configuration skills, or solution architect on a path to the solution architect certification? Or maybe you’re an IT professional with knowledge and experience configuring Microsoft Power Platform. If this describes you and you’re familiar with using Power Platform components to extend and customize Microsoft apps and services such as Teams, Dynamics 365, Excel, and Word, explore how the Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate certification can help enhance your career and make you a key member of your team. This certification indicates to the world that you’re considered qualified to build and implement solutions that use Power Apps, Power BI, and Power Virtual Agents.

As a candidate for this certification, you work with an organization’s stakeholders and subject matter experts, such as solution architects, developers, and testers, to gather requirements and then implement Microsoft Power Platform solutions. You build model-driven, canvas, and portal apps. And you create Power Automate flows, design chatbots using Power Virtual Agents, and analyze data using Power BI visualization and dashboards. You even create application enhancements, custom user experiences, system integrations, data conversions, custom process automation, and custom visualizations.

As a functional consultant, use this certification to market yourself more effectively for projects and other engagements. The Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate certification lets organizations know that—with no code or low code—you can build solutions that would normally require developer expertise.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Build a basic dashboard using Power BI.
  • Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Business Analyst, Developer, Functional Consultant

Course:

PL-200T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant

If you have a passion for designing, developing, securing, and extending Microsoft Power Platform solutions, this certification could be for you. To earn this certification, you must be able to create solution components, including application enhancements, custom user experience, system integrations, data conversions, custom process automation, and custom visualizations. You need a strong applied knowledge of Microsoft Power Platform services and a basic understanding of DevOps practices for Microsoft Power Platform. Plus, your background should include development experience using JavaScript, JSON, TypeScript, C#, HTML, .NET, Azure, Microsoft 365, RESTful web services, ASP.NET, and Power BI.

Candidates for this certification typically work with app makers, functional consultants, solution architects, and IT administrators. You have varied responsibilities, including:

  • Creating technical designs and Power Apps.
  • Configuring Dataverse, Power Apps, and business process automation.
  • Extending the platform and the user experience.
  • Developing integrations.

To learn more, check out our blog post: New certification: Microsoft Power Platform Developer Associate. If you need more experience before you try for this certification, you could:

  • Volunteer on a Microsoft Power Platform development project to get hands-on experience.
  • Take learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Developer

Course:

PL-400T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Developer

Dynamics 365

Prove that you understand Microsoft Dynamics 365; artificial intelligence; mixed reality; the Power Platform; cloud concepts; cloud security; Dynamics 365 security; Common Data Service; Dynamics 365 reporting; Dynamics 365 integrations; and cloud deployment.

Job role: Business Owner, Business User, Functional Consultant, Student

Courses:

MB-901T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fundamentals

Use this certification to prove your skills and help advance your career, if you have experience as a functional consultant who analyzes business requirements and translates them into successful business processes and solutions based on industry best practices. You need to have experience in implementing and configuring Dynamics 365 Finance to meet business requirements.

This certification is a good fit for people in finance departments who work in accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, fixed assets, budgeting, cost accounting, and cost management, or expenses. You must have a fundamental understanding of business accounting principles and financial operations.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Work with a functional consultant who uses Dynamics 365 Finance.
  • Work as a functional consultant on one or more projects.
  • Work on a finance consulting project.
  • Join the community of experts and peers at community.dynamics.com.
  • Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.
  • Complete more hands-on practice.

Job role: Functional Consultant

Courses:

MB-300T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations
MB-310T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance

If you’re a functional consultant or a business user with a deep understanding of manufacturing industry standards, this certification might be for you. You also need experience configuring and implementing Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to meet the needs of your organization. Supply chain management, manufacturing functional consultants are key resources who work with developers, solution architects, project managers, and functional consultants in finance, commerce, and supply chain.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Study the supply chain management and supply chain management, manufacturing modules on Microsoft Learn, and complete more hands-on practice.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course that covers the MB-300 or MB-320 track.
  • Take part in the community at community.dynamics.com, or join a user group.
  • Shadow a manufacturing functional consultant in a manufacturing workstream.
  • Get a mentor, tour manufacturing lines, and learn how things are made.
  • Ask questions, and learn from experts and customers.

Job role: Functional Consultant

Courses:

MB-300T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations
MB-320T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing

If you’re a functional consultant or a business user with a fundamental understanding of supply chain management industry standards, this certification could be a good fit for you. You also need experience configuring and implementing Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to meet the needs of your organization. Supply chain management functional consultants are key resources who work with developers, solution architects, project managers, and functional consultants in finance, commerce, and manufacturing.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Study the supply chain management modules on Microsoft Learn, and complete more hands-on practice.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course that covers the MB-300 or MB-330 track.
  • Take part in the community at community.dynamics.com, or join a user group.
  • Shadow a supply chain management functional consultant, and help to implement Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management functionalities.
  • Get a mentor, tour warehouses, and learn how things are made.
  • Ask questions and learn from experts and customers.

Job role: Functional Consultant

Course:

MB-300T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations
MB-330T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management

If you’re a functional consultant, a professional working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, or a developer looking to hone your consulting skills, this certification could help give your career a boost. It lets you market yourself more effectively for projects and shows your organization that you can use Dynamics 365 Sales to empower the sales force.

As a candidate for this certification, you have experience configuring Microsoft Power Platform and you know Dynamics 365 model-driven applications and data-modeling principles. You work with an organization’s stakeholders to gather requirements and implement Dynamics 365 Sales solutions. You manage leads, opportunities, quotes, and orders, and you configure product catalogs and price lists. Additionally, you configure Dynamics 365 Sales to match your organization’s unique business process, and you model Dynamics 365 Sales data. You even extend Dynamics 365 solutions using Power Platform components, such as Power Automate and Power Apps.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Work on a Dynamics 365 model-driven app implementation project.
  • Shadow a functional consultant or a solution architect who works with Dynamics 365 Sales.
  • Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Functional Consultant

Courses:

PL-200T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
MB-210T01 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales

If you’re a functional consultant, a professional using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing in your organization’s day-to-day business operations, or a developer looking to hone your consulting skills, this certification could help give your career a boost and could enable you to position yourself more effectively for projects and promotions.

As a candidate for this certification, you know Dynamics 365 model-driven applications and data-modeling principles, plus you can configure Microsoft Power Platform. You implement marketing initiatives, like campaigns, emails, and customer journeys. You have experience working with an organization’s stakeholders to gather requirements and implement Dynamics 365 Marketing solutions. Additionally, you configure Dynamics 365 Marketing and set up Dynamics 365 organizational security. You even extend Dynamics 365 solutions using Power Platform components, such as Power Automate and Power Apps.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Work on a Dynamics 365 model-driven app implementation project.
  • Shadow a functional consultant or a solution architect who works with Dynamics 365 Marketing.
  • Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Functional Consultant

Course:

PL-200T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
MB-220T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing

If you’re a functional consultant responsible for configuring and implementing Dynamics 365 solutions for customers, you’re a good fit for this certification, which can highlight your skills and help advance your career. A Dynamics 365 Field Service functional consultant is responsible for implementing solutions that manage resources that complete the field service life cycle. As a functional consultant, you know how to work with project managers, developers, and solution architects. You should have a minimum of one to three years of experience as a functional consultant implementing Dynamics 365.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Work as a Dynamics 365 functional consultant on a few projects.
  • Work on a Dynamics 365 Field Service implementation.
  • Join the community at community.dynamics.com.
  • Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Complete more hands-on practice.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course

Job role: Functional Consultant

Courses:

PL-200T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
MB-240T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service

If you’re a functional consultant responsible for configuring and implementing Dynamics 365 solutions for customers, you can use this certification to shine a light on your skills and to help advance your career. A Dynamics 365 Customer Service functional consultant implements omnichannel solutions that focus on service, quality, reliability, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. As a functional consultant, you know how to work with project managers, developers, and solution architects. You need a minimum of one to three years of experience as a functional consultant implementing Dynamics 365.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Work as a Dynamics 365 functional consultant on one or more projects.
  • Work on a Dynamics 365 Customer Service implementation.
  • Join the community at community.dynamics.com.
  • Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Complete more hands-on practice.
  • Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Functional Consultant

Courses:

PL-200T00 – Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant
MB-230T01 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service

If you’re a developer who works with functional consultants and solution and technical architects, and you’re accountable for translating requirements into critical system functionality with finance and operations apps in Dynamics 365, you could use this certification to advance your career. You must have experience providing fully realized solutions using standardized application coding patterns, extensible features, and external integrations.

You need to be familiar with software development cycle methodologies, data integrity, and data security compliance. And you must have deep knowledge and experience using the underlying framework, data structures, and objects associated with finance and operations solutions in Dynamics 365 that deliver best-in-class functionality.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Work as a developer on one or more finance and operations apps in Dynamics 365.
  • Volunteer to help develop a project.
  • Join the Dynamics 365 Community.
  • Take applicable learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
  • Sign up for instructor-led training, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations and Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer.

Job role: Developer

Courses:

MB-300T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365: Core Finance and Operations
MB-500T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Developer

Are you a solution architect, functional or technical consultant, IT professional, or information worker who is familiar with Microsoft Dynamics 365 apps and Microsoft Power Platform? Do you have a deep understanding of Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps? Are you a trusted advisor who understands recommended business practices and software capabilities? If so, earning this expert certification can open doors that could take your career to the next level.

As a candidate for this certification, you’re a Dynamics 365 professional who advises stakeholders and translates business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable solutions. You design cohesive solutions for your customers because you know how to work with the essential architectural components of Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps. You have extensive domain knowledge in one or more industry verticals. Plus, you understand how decisions in each area affect the overall solution. In addition, you’re familiar with platforms, tools, and functional areas, such as finance, supply chain management, and manufacturing.

The Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert certification is a good fit for you if:

  • You have significant experience as a Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps functional consultant or technical consultant.
  • You aspire to be a solution architect or recently started that career journey.
  • You’re responsible for the successful design, implementation, deployment, and adoption of an overall technology solution in your organization.
  • You have experience consulting with organizations and implementation team members to refine business needs into well-defined and cost-effective solutions.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

  • Shadow a solution architect or work as one on a few projects.
  • Volunteer to design and implement a finance and operations app solution.
  • Attend solution architecture workshops with other solution architects.

Job role: Functional Consultant, Solution Architect

Prerequisites: 4 certifications

Courses:

MB-700T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365: Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect

Solution Architects for Microsoft Dynamics 365 + Power Platform lead successful implementations and focus on how solutions address the broader business and technical needs of organizations.

NOTE: Earning the following two certifications qualifies as a prerequisite for this certification. This prerequisite is not listed below due to site limitations.

Job role: Solution Architect

Prerequisites: 4 certifications

Courses:

MB-600T00 – Microsoft Dynamics 365 + Power Platform Solution Architect

Modern Workplace

Prove that you understand the options available in Microsoft 365 and the benefits of adopting cloud services, the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, and implementing Microsoft 365 cloud service.

Job role: Business User, Administrator

Course:

MS-900T01 – Microsoft 365 Fundamentals

Microsoft 365 Security Administrators proactively secure Microsoft 365 enterprise and hybrid environments, implement and manage security and compliance solutions, respond to threats, and enforce data governance.

Job role: Administrator

Course:

MS-500T00 – Microsoft 365 Security Administration

Modern Desktop Administrators deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor devices and client applications in an enterprise environment.

Job role: Administrator

Course:

MD-100T00 – Windows 10
MD-101T00 – Managing Modern Desktops

Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrators deploy, configure, manage, troubleshoot, and monitor recipients, permissions, mail protection, mail flow, and public folders in hybrid and cloud enterprise environments.

Job role: Administrator

Course:

MS-203T00 – Microsoft 365 Messaging

Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrators evaluate, plan, migrate, deploy, and manage Microsoft 365 services.

Job role: Administrator

Prerequisites: 5 certifications

Course:

MS-100T00 – Microsoft 365 Identity and Services
MS-101T00 – Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

Microsoft 365 Developers design, build, test, and maintain applications and solutions that are optimized for the productivity and collaboration needs of organizations using the Microsoft 365 platform.

Microsoft 365 Developers are proficient in Microsoft identity and Microsoft Graph. They have general knowledge on UI elements (including Adaptive Cards and Office UI Fabric (Fluent UI)), Integration Points (including Microsoft Teams, Office Add-ins, SharePoint Framework, Actionable Messages), and determining workload platform targets.

Job role: Developer

Courses:

MS-600T00 – Building Applications and Solutions with Microsoft 365 Core Services

Microsoft Teams Administrators configure, deploy, and manage Office 365 workloads for Microsoft Teams that focus on efficient and effective collaboration and communication in an enterprise environment.

Microsoft Teams Administrators must be able to plan, deploy, and manage Teams: chat, apps, channels, meetings, audio conferences, live events, and calls.

Job role: Administrator

Courses:

MS-700T00 – Managing Microsoft Teams

Specialty

The Azure IoT Developer implements the configuration and performs coding tasks required to create and maintain the cloud and edge portions of an IoT solution. In addition to configuring and maintaining the devices by using cloud services, the IoT Developer also sets up the physical devices. The IoT Developer is responsible for maintaining and troubleshooting the configuration of the devices throughout the life cycle.

The IoT Developer implements design specifications for IoT solutions, including device topology, connectivity, diagnostics and monitoring, and security. The IoT Developer develops and deploys modules and configures device networking for the IoT Edge portion of the solution. The IoT Developer implements designs for solutions to manage data pipelines, including monitoring and data transformation as it relates to IoT. The IoT Developer works with the Azure IoT Architect, data engineers, and other stakeholders to ensure successful business integration.

IoT Developers should have a general understanding of device types and Azure services, including data storage options, data analysis, data processing, AI, and other Platform-as-a-Service options. IoT Developers must be able to program in at least one Azure IoT SDK-supported language.

Job role: Developer

Course:

AZ-220T00 – Microsoft Azure IoT Developer

Candidates for the Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty certification should be architects or engineers with extensive experience and knowledge of the SAP system landscape and industry standards that are specific to the long-term operation of an SAP solution on Microsoft Azure.

Responsibilities for this role include making recommendations on services and adjust resources as appropriate for optimal resiliency, performance, scale, provision, size, and monitoring.

Architects or engineers for Azure for SAP Workloads partner with cloud administrators, cloud DBAs, and clients to implement solutions.

A candidate for this certification should have extensive experience and knowledge of SAP applications: SAP HANA, S/4HANA, SAP NetWeaver, SAP BW/4HANA, OS servers for SAP applications and databases, Azure portal, ARM templates, operating systems, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, storage structures, high availability design, disaster recovery design, data protection concepts, and networking.

For this role, it’s strongly recommended to have an Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification, in addition to SAP HANA and Linux certifications.

Job role: Administrator, Solution Architect

Course:

AZ-120T00 – Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads


Non-Microsoft Certifications

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