Role-based certifications

Earn a technical certification that shows you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. Skill up, prove your expertise to employers and peers, and get the recognition and opportunities you’ve earned. Download our guide to all role-based certifications.

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Explore the most sought after job roles

Select a job role to discover certifications paths.



Microsoft developers design, build, test, and maintain cloud solutions.

Developer Certifications


Microsoft administrators implement, monitor, and maintain Microsoft solutions.

Administrator Certifications
Solutions Architect

Solutions Architect

Microsoft solutions architects have expertise in compute, network, storage, security.

Solution Architect Certifications
Functional Consultants

Functional Consultant

Functional consultants leverage Microsoft Dynamics 365 to anticipate and plan for customer needs.

Functional Consultant Certifications

Become Microsoft Certified

Microsoft has certification paths for many technical job roles. Each of these certifications consists of passing a series of exams to earn certification. Microsoft certifications are organized into three levels: Fundamental, Associate, and Expert.

Fundamental Certifications

Recommended start
Ideal for individuals just starting in technology or thinking about a career change.

Fundamentals Certifications

Associate Certifications

Two years of comprehensive working experience.
It is helpful to have related Fundamental certifications but is not required.

Associate Certifications

Expert Certifications

Two to five years of deep technical experience.
Many Expert certifications require a specific Associate level certification.

Expert Certifications

High-growth opportunity

Upon earning a certification, 23% of Microsoft certified technologists reported receiving up to a 20% salary increase. What’s more, certified employees are often entrusted with supervising their peers—putting them on the fast track for a promotion.

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2017 Pearson VUE Value of Certification white paper

How to prepare for certification

Microsoft understands everyone has different learning preferences, we provide certifications and training options throughout your certification journey.

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Free learning paths to prepare

With Microsoft Learn, anyone can master core concepts at their speed and on their schedule. They’ll have access to training materials, code samples, and be able to test-drive products at absolutely no cost to them.

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Prepare with instructor-led training

Microsoft Learning Partners offer a breadth of solutions to suit your learning needs, empowering you to achieve your training goals. Microsoft Certified Trainers have completed rigorous training and have met stringent technical certification requirements.

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Practice before the exam

Microsoft offers official practice tests designed to help candidates prepare for and pass certification exams. Our practice tests are written by industry experts in the subject matter to ensure that all objectives of the exam are covered in depth.

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