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Microsoft Certification Paths 2018

Azure, Machine Learning and Data Engineering all have new certifications

  • 13 March 2018
  • Author: Liam Phelan
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As happens almost every year Microsoft has updated their Certification program for 2018, releasing new exams and courses to keep the IT pros on topic with new certification paths.  The updates are designed to reflect the reality that the professionals are facing in the market. They follow the industry trends and lead the candidates to a higher level of expertise in the path that they choose.

Mobility path

Certifications: MCSA Windows 10, MCSE Mobility

Target job roles:

  • MCSA level: Computer support specialist
  • MCSE level: Enterprise device and BYOD manager, desktop support technician

Cloud Platform and Infrastructure path

Certifications: MCSA Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Linux on Azure (including LFCS), Cloud Platform, MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure

Target job roles:

  • •MCSA level: Cloud administrator, network or computer systems administrator, computer network specialist, cloud specialist in Linux
  • •MCSE level: Senior cloud administrator, cloud architect, cloud engineer in Linux, computer support specialist, information security analyst

Productivity path

Certifications: MCSA Office 365, MCSE Productivity

Target job roles:

  • MCSA level: Software as a service administrator, cloud applications administrator, Microsoft Office 365 product administrator
  • MCSE level: Network or computer systems administrator, senior Office 365 product administrator

Data Management and Analytics path

Certifications: MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014, SQL 2016 Database Development, SQL 2016 Database Admin, SQL 2016 BI Development, MCSE Data Management and Analytics

Target job roles:

  • •MCSA level: Database developer, database analyst, database administrator, infrastructure specialist, business intelligence developer
  • •MCSE level: Senior database analyst, database designer, business intelligence analyst

App Builder path

Certifications: MCSA Web Applications, MCSA Universal Windows Platform, MCSD App Builder

Target job roles:

  • MCSA level: Web developer, administrator software developer, quality engineer
  • MCSD level: Application developer

Business Applications path

Certifications: MCSA Dynamics 365, MCSA Dynamics 365 for Operations, MCSE Business Applications

Target job roles:

  • MCSA level: Dynamics 365 developer, implementation consultant, technical support engineer, system administrator, Dynamics 365 developer, solution architect, implementer
  • MCSE level: Dynamics 365 developer, implementation consultant, technical support engineer, system administrator

Major Changes

The major update is in the Data Management and Analytics program with 3 new MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) paths.

They are divided into Machine Learning, BI Reporting and Data Engineering with Azure. And this is reflective of the job demand growth in these areas.

MCSA Machine Learning

Earning an MCSA: Machine Learning demonstrates knowledge relevant to Machine Learning, Data Scientists and Data Analysts positions, particularly those who process and analyse large data sets using R and use Azure cloud services to build and deploy intelligent solutions. It is the first step on your path to becoming a Data Management and Analytics Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

STEP 1 - SKILLS
Possess machine learning, data science or analytics experience through existing knowledge.

STEP 2 - Courses

STEP 3 - CERTIFICATION
Pass 2 required exams. Be sure to explore the exam prep resources.

STEP 4 - CONTINUING EDUCATION
Earn an MCSE by passing 1 related exam.

MCSA BI Reporting

Earning an MCSA: BI Reporting demonstrates knowledge relevant to data analysis, data visualization, modeling, dashboards, and direct connectivity to data sources in Excel and Power BI.  It is the first step on your path to becoming a Data Management and Analytics Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

STEP 1 - SKILLS
Experience consuming and transforming data, modeling and visualizing data, and configuring dashboards using Excel and Power BI.

STEP 2 - Courses

STEP 3 - Exams
Pass 2 required exams to earn your MCSA: BI Reporting.

STEP 4 - CONTINUING EDUCATION
Earn an MCSE by passing 1 related exam.

MCSA Data Engineering with Azure

Earning an MCSA: Data Engineering with Azure demonstrates knowledge relevant to the design and building of analytics and operational solutions on Azure as well as the implementation of big data engineering workflows on HDInsight.  It is the first step on your path to becoming a Data Management and Analytics Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

STEP 1 - SKILLS
Experience with Azure Stream Analytics, HDInsight Clusters, Azure Data Lake, Big Data batch processing, SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Data Factory, and real-time processing of Big Data.

STEP 2 - Courses

STEP 3 - CERTIFICATION
Pass 2 required exams  to earn your MCSA: Data Engineering with Azure.

STEP 4 - CONTINUING EDUCATION
Earn an MCSE by passing 1 related exam.


Additionally, in the MCSE Data Management and Analytics there are new exams and courses available regarding to Data Models, Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning and Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure HDInsight.
In the MCSD App Builder program new courses and exams focused on Azure were released, such as Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.
The MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure also were updated with new exams. The new exams are Linux Workload on Azure, Azure DevOps Solutions.

You can access below some of the new courses with open dates at New Horizons Ireland

MCSE Data Management and Analytics

MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

View full Microsoft Certification Paths 2018


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