If you’re looking to expand your career prospects in the cloud, Microsoft Azure certification is the way to go. Right now, there are nine certifications available from Microsoft, but by 2022 there will be 12 different options to choose from. You can pursue your first certification as soon as next year, if you follow this guide on how to get Azure certified in 2022.
Study for the exam
When you’re preparing for an exam, reviewing your notes and books is a great way to get started. If you’re not sure how much time you should devote to studying, be realistic with yourself. Are you starting from scratch or do you already have some experience using Azure? If it’s your first time taking a Microsoft Azure certification exam, plan on dedicating at least 30 hours of studying per week but if you are familiar with core concepts or if it’s been a while since your last test, consider putting in as many as 70 hours per week. Also make sure that when researching for answers on practice exams or reading through books and course material, don’t get hung up on one particular Azure resource; focus on knowledge in general.
Take practice exams
Whether you’re trying to pass a certification exam or finish a degree, studying is one of those things that has to be done. To do it well, though, you have to be studying towards something specific. Taking practice exams also known as taking practice tests is a great way to make sure that what you’re learning sticks and that your time is spent as effectively as possible. It helps create structure around your studies and better prepares you for any test-taking experience down the road. And while there are plenty of study guides out there, taking actual practice exams makes studying more engaging and will help more information stick over time. If nothing else, it can help eliminate simple mistakes on testing day!
Know your strengths and weaknesses
Like most things, it’s good to be honest with yourself when it comes to certifications. If you know yourself well enough, you’ll quickly realize that there are certain tasks you excel at more than others and those should be what you focus on. The same goes for certification paths: know your strengths and weaknesses so that you can effectively study for a specific exam. For example, if documentation isn’t your strong suit but systems integration is, focus on studying hard for that one area and leave other topics alone until later.
Pick up a reference book
When you’re learning something new, it can be intimidating and difficult to know where to start. When it comes to coding, a great place is an introduction book. Microsoft offers an array of Microsoft Press books that explain how you can build solutions using cloud technologies like Azure and Office 365. While it may seem daunting at first, these books do a good job of breaking things down into digestible chunks. Once you get through some introductory material and have time working on actual solutions, you’ll see your skills and confidence take off.
Review key concepts
There are a lot of topics for you to learn when it comes to getting Microsoft Azure Certified, so we highly recommend bookmarking our certification page. This will help you find all of your resources in one place and allow you to get an idea of what topics you should focus on when. Use study guides : Microsoft offers a variety of official study guides for different exams. These will allow you to pick up on test-taking strategies and also suggest key concepts that might be on your exam. For example, check out their latest Cloud Computing Administrator Guides (you can view it online or download it). Review vendor certifications : When studying for any technical exam, make sure that you take a look at what certs other vendors offer as well.
Practice creating Azure web apps
Making a web app for practice is an excellent way to build your skill set before taking an exam. The tutorials for making a basic app are incredibly straightforward, and there’s a good chance you have everything you need (namely, Microsoft SQL Server Express) already installed on your computer. Practice makes perfect, so give it a shot. If you run into trouble along the way, visit Microsoft Virtual Academy’s Azure portal page for additional help resources and sample projects.
Use Pluralsight to review advanced topics.
Pluralsight is a cloud-based subscription training service where IT professionals can learn skills to accelerate their careers. Training courses include interactive, on-demand video lessons with real-world examples. Pluralsight courses are professionally produced and feature narration by industry experts and HD demonstrations of key concepts. With Pluralsight, you get easy access on mobile devices or PCs/Macs, so you can learn anytime, anywhere whether you’re watching at home or traveling for work.
Download Microsoft Learning Tools, where available.
Learning tools such as Microsoft Learning Tools can help people with visual or auditory impairments learn and retain information. These learning tools are available for free to anyone with a Microsoft account. That includes all Office 365 subscribers, including students, teachers, and businesses that subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus or Office 365 Enterprise E3/E5. Learn more about what you get with your subscription here. Use one of these tools before your exam date if you think it will help you remember information on your certification exam day. Make sure your screen reader is set up correctly and that you’re familiar with its functionality before taking any exams.