What are the Microsoft Certified Expert Certifications? 1

Recently, Microsoft announced and started releasing all new certification exams that are more job role focused. This new set of certification paths are being made in response to the feedback that Microsoft customers have expressed over the previous certification path. Overall, job role focused certification paths will mean certifications that better align with the jobs professionals are performing on a daily basis. However, this also means a new set of confusing questions about the new certification paths. This post is meant to help answer a few of these questions and clear up some confusion about which “Expert” level certification are being released by Microsoft, and what their requirements are.



Which “Expert” Certifications are there?

The latest certification shakeup from Microsoft brings with it a few new certifications for “Experts”. These are the most advanced certifications from Microsoft. Each of these “Expert” certifications will have a few prerequisites that need to be met first; which includes previous certifications to be earned.

Here’s a list of the “Expert” level certifications from Microsoft:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert 
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
  • Microsoft Certified: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert

Each of these “Expert” level certifications from Microsoft build upon different pillars of expertise. These certifications consist of passing multiple certification exams in order to earn, and represent the highest level of job role oriented certifications Microsoft is offering. See below for a list of the prerequisites for each of these larger Microsoft “Expert” level certifications.

Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

The Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification demonstrates a candidates expertise in designing solutions that run in the cloud with Microsoft Azure services and technologies. Candidates are expected to be experts in compute, network, storage, and security services in the Azure cloud.

To earn the Azure Solutions Expert certification, a candidate must pass the following 2 certification exams:

  1. AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies
  2. AZ-301: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

Alternatively, candidates who have previously passed the 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam, are eligible to pass the AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Transition Exam. The AZ-302 exam will test and validate skills in the areas and technologies that were not previously covered on the 70-535, but are tested on the new AZ-300 and AZ-301 exams. This AZ-302 Transition exam is being offered to eligible candidates until July 2019.

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Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert

The Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification demonstrates a candidates expertise in designing and implementing DevOps practices using Microsoft Azure technologies as a DevOps Professional.

To earn the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification, candidates can choose either an Azure Administrator or an Azure Developer path to start by previously earning either of the following certifications as a prerequisite:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate

Once either of the prerequisite certifications are earned, candidates can then pass the following 1 exam to earn the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification:

  1. AZ-400: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions
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The Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification path towards the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification consists of passing the following certification exams:

  1. AZ-100: Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Deployment exam
  2. AZ-101: Microsoft Azure Integration and Security exam 

Alternatively, Azure Administrator candidates who have previously passed the 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam can choose to take the AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Transition Exam. The AZ-102 exam will test and validate skills that were not covered on the 70-533 exam, but are on the newer AZ-100 and AZ-101 exams.This AZ-102 Transition exam is being offered to eligible candidates until July 2019.

The Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate certification path towards the Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification consists of passing the following certification exams:

  1. AZ-200: Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions
  2. AZ-201: Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions

Alternatively, Azure Administrator candidates who have previously passed the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam can choose to take the AZ-202 Microsoft Azure Developer Transition Exam. The AZ-202 exam will test and validate skills that were not covered on the 70-532 exam, but are on the newer AZ-200 and AZ-201 exams.This AZ-202 Transition exam is being offered to eligible candidates until July 2019.

Microsoft Certified: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert

The Microsoft Certified: Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification demonstrates a candidates expertise in evaluating, planning, migrating, deploying, and managing Microsoft 365 services.

To earn the Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification, candidates need to first earn one of the following Associate-level certifications to meet the “workload” requirement:

  • Microsoft Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Security Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate

Alternatively, candidates who have already earned the MCSE: Productivity certification, then they have already met the “workload” requirement!

Once the “workload” requirement has been met, candidates only need to pass both of the following certification exams:

  1. MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services
  2. MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

Happy studying, and good luck on those exams!


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