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Overview

Certification Week for Partners

When: 7:00 – 9:00 AM Pacific Time and 7:00 – 9:00 PM Pacific Time We will be running each session twice per day to try to capture multiple time zones.

Where: This will be a virtual event hosted at https://MicrosoftCertweek.com and running on Microsoft Teams.

In the Microsoft Teams platform and sessions, your name, email address, phone number, or title may be viewable by other participants. By joining this event, you agree to this experience.

Cost: - Free


Are you ready to take the next step in proving your technical capabilities?

Cert Week is a skilling verification event for Microsoft partners who demonstrate their skills every day on the job and are ready to take the last step toward validating their technical expertise, showcasing mastery of a Microsoft solution area and gaining a Microsoft technical certification as they apply for Microsoft advanced specializations.

This free, four-day event combines a series of pre-requisite training resources, expert-led study groups, and exam preparation sessions that qualifies you to receive a practice test and a full exam voucher for free* while polishing your test taking skills and refining your technical understanding.


To be successful:

  • You should have six months or more technical experience
  • Fully prepare by taking the optional but highly recommended, pre-requisite courses and reference material at least 30 days prior to the Cert Week (start July 23 or sooner) allocating at least 5 – 10 hours of total pre-req preparation time before coming to the Certification Week
  • Actively participate throughout the week in the subject matter expert-led, formal study groups
  • Attend the exam preparation session aligned to your registered track
  • Register and take the practice test
  • Schedule the exam to be taken within 30 days of the Certification Week.

Study groups are sequential, exam topic review sessions for each track, led by subject matter experts and are required to earn your practice test and exam voucher. The study group facilitator will go over the most challenging exam topics and those with the largest question concentration. These sessions will be interactive, with check points, polls, knowledge check, and chat Q&A.

Exam preparation is a final live lecture at the end of the study group series that will walk through the exam, review test questions types and strategies, best practices, tips and tricks, and do a final wrap-up on exam objective questions as well as explain how to register for the practice exam and the certification exam.

Based on participation with the study groups and exam preparation sessions, you will be eligible to receive a practice test and exam voucher.


Outcome

Schedule and take your practice test during the event week.

Register for the final exam and take within 4 weeks (September 23) of the event

Who should attend?

People who work for Microsoft partner organizations who have already taken the training for the certifications and are ready to go the last mile before they take their certification exams. Not a partner yet? Join the Microsoft Partner Network.


Agenda

Before the event (June – August)

Before attending Cert Week, review the recommended prework for each track (coming soon) that provides links to a variety of free training options.

These self-driven, pre-requisites are an important component of your success at Cert Week and will polish your technical experience as you prepare to pass your certification exam

Please plan on committing 5-10 hours or more to reviewing/attending these pre-requisite resources and courses prior to attending Cert Week

During the event (August 23 – 27)

Monday

7:00 - 9:00 AM or PM Pacific Time Track Specific - Object Driven Study Group Lecture and Q&A

Tuesday

7:00 - 9:00 AM or PM Pacific Time Track Specific - Object Driven Study Group Lecture and Q&A

Wednesday

7:00 - 9:00 AM or PM Pacific Time Track Specific - Object Driven Study Group Lecture and Q&A

Thursday

7:00 - 9:00 AM or PM Pacific Time Track Specific - Exam Cram & Practice Test

The morning and evening session are the same so you don't have to join both.

Track Information

The Certification Week will have 12 tracks for you to choose from:  Please only register for 1 track but you will have the ability to attend sessions from other tracks.

Candidates for this exam should have foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services.

This exam is an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of common ML and AI workloads and how to implement them on Azure.

This exam is intended for candidates with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Data science and software engineering experience are not required; however, some general programming knowledge or experience would be beneficial.

Azure AI Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based certifications like Azure Data Scientist Associate or Azure AI Engineer Associate, but it’s not a prerequisite for any of them.

Candidates for the Azure Administrator Associate certification should have subject matter expertise implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Microsoft Azure environment.

Responsibilities for this role include implementing, managing, and monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual networks in a cloud environment, plus provision, size, monitor, and adjust resources, when needed.

An Azure administrator often serves as part of a larger team dedicated to implementing an organization's cloud infrastructure.

A candidate for this certification should have at least six months of hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and governance. In addition, this role should have experience using PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager templates.

Job role: Administrator

Candidates for the Azure Fundamentals certification should have foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. This certification is intended for candidates who are just beginning to work with cloud-based solutions and services or are new to Azure.

Azure Fundamentals certification is an opportunity to prove knowledge of cloud concepts, Azure services, Azure workloads, security and privacy in Azure, as well as Azure pricing and support. Candidates should be familiar with the general technology concepts, including concepts of networking, storage, compute, application support, and application development.

Azure Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based or specialty certifications, but it is not a prerequisite for any of them.

Job role: Administrator, Business User, Developer, Student, Technology Manager

Candidates for the Azure Data Fundamentals certification should have foundational knowledge of core data concepts and how they are implemented using Microsoft Azure data services.

This certification is intended for candidates beginning to work with data in the cloud.

Candidates should be familiar with the concepts of relational and non-relational data, and different types of data workloads such as transactional or analytical.

Azure Data Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based certifications like Azure Database Administrator Associate or Azure Data Engineer Associate, but it’s not a prerequisite for any of them.

Job role: Database Administrator, Data Analyst, Data Engineer, Developer, Student

Note* This track will only be 2 days and we will be running repeat sessions on day 3 and 4.

If you’re a functional consultant who implements core Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central setup processes for small and medium-sized businesses, this certification is for you. You need to have experience configuring Dynamics 365 Business Central role centers, including adapting insights, cues, action tiles, reports, and charts. And you should be able to extend Business Central by using Microsoft Power Platform components.

You must have applied knowledge of Business Central, and you should understand industry terminology, priorities, standards, methodologies, and best practices. If you have this knowledge and you’re in a role such as administrator, quality assurance, DevOps, developer, UX designer, or solution architect, the Dynamics 365 Business Central Functional Consultant Associate certification could be a great fit.

If you need more experience before you try to earn this certification, here are some suggestions:

Work as a Business Central functional consultant on one or more projects.

Contribute to a Business Central consulting project, or help deliver a Business Central implementation.

Find a mentor.

Join the Dynamics 365 Community.

Take available learning paths on Microsoft Learn, and complete more hands-on practice.

Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Functional Consultant


If you’re familiar with business operations, customer relationship management (CRM), and are IT savvy—either generally or through work experience—take advantage of this certification to highlight those skills. Validate your broad exposure to the customer engagement capabilities of Dynamics 365 to enhance your career journey.

People in different roles and at various stages in their careers can benefit from this fundamentals certification. Here are some examples:

IT professionals who want to show a general understanding of the applications they work with

Business stakeholders and others who know Dynamics 365 and who want to validate their skills and experience

Developers who want to highlight their understanding of business operations and CRM

Students, recent graduates, and people changing careers who want to leverage Dynamics 365 customer engagement capabilities to move to the next level

Job role: Business Owner, Business User, Functional Consultant, Student

If you have a broad exposure to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) capabilities of Dynamics 365 and understand the fundamentals of how finance and operations apps fit in within the overall Microsoft ecosystem—this certification is for you.

People who are familiar with business operations, have a fundamental understanding of financial principles, and are information technology savvy—either generally or through work experience—can use this certification to validate those skills and help open career doors.

This fundamentals certification can be used in a variety of ways by people at different stages of their careers. Here are some examples:

IT professionals who want to highlight their broad understanding of the applications they work with

Technical professionals and business decision makers who are exploring how Dynamics 365 functionality can integrate with apps they’re using

Business stakeholders and others who use Dynamics 365 and want to demonstrate that they understand the fundamentals of the platform

Developers who want to show a deeper understanding of business operations, finance, and ERP

Students, recent graduates, and people changing careers who want to leverage Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps to move to the next level

Job role: Business Owner, Business User, Functional Consultant, Student

Microsoft Teams Administrators configure, deploy, and manage Office 365 workloads for Microsoft Teams that focus on efficient and effective collaboration and communication in an enterprise environment.

Microsoft Teams Administrators must be able to plan, deploy, and manage Teams: chat, apps, channels, meetings, audio conferences, live events, and calls.

Job role: Administrator

Prove that you understand the options available in Microsoft 365 and the benefits of adopting cloud services, the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, and implementing Microsoft 365 cloud service.

Job role: Business User, Administrator

Note* This track will only be 2 days and we will be running repeat sessions on day 3 and 4.

If you’re a student, business user, or beginning technical professional, this certification can accelerate your progress and give your career a boost, as you use your Microsoft Power Platform skills to improve your team’s productivity. No experience is necessary to train for it—just basic familiarity with computer technology, data analytics, cloud computing, and the internet. Think of a fundamentals certification as the first step in growing your skill set and advancing to other certifications, such as Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant.

The Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals certification could be a great fit for you, if you’d like to:

Build solutions with Microsoft Power Platform.

Automate basic business processes with Power Automate.

Perform data analysis with Power BI.

Create simple Power Apps experiences.

Build practical chatbots with Power Virtual Agents.

This certification has no prerequisites. However, if you’d like to gain some more experience, you could:

Shadow a person on your team who works with Microsoft Power Platform.

Explore available learning paths on Microsoft Learn.

Sign up for an instructor-led training course.

Job role: Business User, Functional Consultant, Student


The Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator designs, implements, and operates an organization’s identity and access management systems by using Azure AD. They manage tasks such as providing secure authentication and authorization access to enterprise applications. The administrator provides seamless experiences and self-service management capabilities for all users. Adaptive access and governance are core elements to the role. This role is also responsible for troubleshooting, monitoring, and reporting for the identity and access environment.

The Identity and Access Administrator may be a single individual or a member of a larger team. This role collaborates with many other roles in the organization to drive strategic identity projects to modernize identity solutions, to implement hybrid identity solutions, and to implement identity governance.

Job role: Administrator, Identity And Access Administrator, Security Engineer

This certification is targeted to those looking to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of security, compliance, and identity (SCI) across cloud-based and related Microsoft services.

This is a broad audience that may include business stakeholders, new or existing IT professionals, or students who have an interest in Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions.

Candidates should be familiar with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 and want to understand how Microsoft security, compliance, and identity solutions can span across these solution areas to provide a holistic and end-to-end solution.

Job role: Business User, Student

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