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  1. Go to The Microsoft Learn Cloud Skills Challenge
  2. Complete one challenge of your choice by November 9th.
    • To complete a challenge, finish all of the modules in the selected challenges Microsoft Learn collection.
  3. Your free Microsoft Certification exam offer will be delivered by November 18, 2022 and will expire on February 15, 2023. You must complete your exam before this date.
This exam offer is exam-specific and only redeemable for select Microsoft exams. Eligible exams include:
  • AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions
  • DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure
  • MB-240: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant
  • MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams
  • MS-720: Microsoft Teams Voice Engineer
  • PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker
  • SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst

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Instructions:
Go to Microsoft Learn Cloud Skills Challenge [microsoft.com]
Complete one challenge of your choice between October 12th, 2022, and November 9th, 2022

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You can only claim one offer per person, regardless of the number of challenges you complete.

Prior to redeeming your free certification exam, government employees must check with their employers to ensure their participation is permitted, and in accordance with, applicable policies and laws.

This exam offer may be redeemed to take one (1) Microsoft Certification exam, delivered at an authorized Pearson Vue testing center or through a Pearson Vue online proctoring site by February 15, 2023.

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SalahA7598 asked this question on 09-29-2022 at 05:40 PM
09-29-2022 at 06:34 PM
$165.00 USD is what is shown on all the pages.
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Yes through Pearson VUE. You'll get the option to schedule your test either online or in-person.
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First take AZ-900, DP-900 and PL-900 from Microsoft Virtual Trainings days. If you attend the event you get a free voucher for these exams.

They are at fundamental level. After that if you like DP-900 more then study for DP-100 or if you like PL-900 more then study for PL-100.

Good luck Smilie
In general, if you are wondering about the role-based exam numbers, here's a quick summary:

900 series: basics/fundamentals
100 series: administrators
200 series: developers
300 series: architects
400 series: devops
500 series: security
700 series: speciality exams

Remember the fact that when you learn and practice cloud platforms, and then you apply for a job, they don't look at just your cloud knowledge (this is imperative), but they want to "see" your cloud architectural/design/dev wisdom (and how do you apply and build for various scenarios and use cases). This can only be the result of practical application of these cloud technologies in an enterprise setting.

Learning and working on any one cloud platform should automatically make you apply, design and architect equivalent technologies/services in another cloud platform.
Learn and understand the underlying concepts and not just the offering!

NB: Getting certified isn't mandatory, but will go a long way in proving that you've cloud competency. And, your resume will get shortlisted quicker 😊!
I guess you don't like making money? Microsoft certs are easy money.

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Click the "official rules" text on the challenge page to see the list of certificates. https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/c...rules/2022
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Microsoft is gross.
I guess you don't like making money? Microsoft certs are easy money.
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As someone with no experience with Microsoft certs, what's recommended?
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If you're inexperienced and want to get into security: SC-200.

Other than that, the rest on OP's list are pretty targeted towards specific jobs: development, devops, azure architecture, etc. it depends on what you want to do.
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As someone with no experience with Microsoft certs, what's recommended?
Do you have any professional or casual experience with any of these topics, or at least something related?
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Do you have any professional or casual experience with any of these topics, or at least something related?
The closest is probably DevOps, I'm working towards my degree in computer science but I'm kinda far far far from that from what I understand.
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I actually just started working on MS-700 last week, great timing. Moving from a server support role to M365/Sharepoint/Teams integration and that'll look good on the resume.
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If you're inexperienced and want to get into security: SC-200.

Other than that, the rest on OP's list are pretty targeted towards specific jobs: development, devops, azure architecture, etc. it depends on what you want to do.
Azure is pretty much the future of domain environments, so it isn't really specific.
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The closest is probably DevOps, I'm working towards my degree in computer science but I'm kinda far far far from that from what I understand.
Senior DevOps Engineer here.

Don't start with DevOps. It's Development + Operations. Start with Development, and you'll have a much better understanding of DevOps than if you started at DevOps.
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The closest is probably DevOps, I'm working towards my degree in computer science but I'm kinda far far far from that from what I understand.
First take AZ-900, DP-900 and PL-900 from Microsoft Virtual Trainings days. If you attend the event you get a free voucher for these exams.

They are at fundamental level. After that if you like DP-900 more then study for DP-100 or if you like PL-900 more then study for PL-100.

Good luck Smilie
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Any AWS or GCP?
AWS doesn't give out free certifications but recently they gave 50% off for AWS cloud practitioner. You can google it if it's still available.

Currently The American Dream Academy is giving out free courses and certificate from Coursera. The best thing about that program is that you get access to job portal that's not shared externally.
Companies in those job portal are Meta, Google, etc.

It's free if you register by October 1st, 2022.
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