All You Need To Know About Microsoft’s New Role-Based Azure Certifications

Cloud computing is arguably the fastest-growing technology today. Public spending on cloud computing is projected to grow from USD 229 billion in 2019 to nearly USD 500 billion in 2023, according to an IDC report.

Of all the cloud computing offerings in the market today, Microsoft Azure is a fast-rising market leader with 29% workload in the cloud computing market. To help create more experts in Azure product suites, Microsoft offers many role-based Azure certifications. The certification path offered by Microsoft Gold-certified partners like Koenig gives1-on-1 learning and flexible time slots so that you can learn at your pace.

Azure Role-Based Certification

The certifications offered by Microsoft are constantly evolving. Presently, Microsoft multiple Microsoft Azure certifications at 3 different levels:


  1. Azure - AZ-900
  2. Azure AI - AI-900 (beta)
  3. Azure Data - DP-900 (beta)


  1. Azure Administrator - AZ-103
  2. Azure Developer - AZ-203
  3. Azure Security Engineer - AZ-500
  4. Azure AI Engineer - AI-100
  5. Azure Data Scientist - DP-100


  1. Solutions Architect - AZ-300 and AZ-301
  2. Azure DevOps Engineer - AZ-400


EXAM AZ-900:

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) certification has been created to evaluate your fundamental knowledge of Azure cloud services. It also helps non-technical aspirants better understand the offerings such as sales, marketing etc. It covers:

- Fundamental cloud concepts like High Availability, Scalability, Fault Tolerance, Disaster Recovery and the difference between CapEx and OpEx.
- Describe Availability Zones, Azure Resources Manager, and Azure architectural components. - Describe Azure Firewall, DDoS protection, NSG
- Understanding the purchasing of Azure services and products, free account, pricing calculator.

EXAM AI-900 (beta)

AI-900 certification must have basic knowledge of AI and machine learning and know how to implement them on Azure. It includes

- Identifying features of common AI workloads, knowing principles of responsible AI
- Describing fundamental principles of machine learning on Azure
- Describing features of computer vision workloads, identify Azure tools and services for NLP workloads

EXAM DP-900 (beta)

Candidates looking for DP-900 certification should have concepts like relational and non-relational data while implementing them on Azure. It involves describing and identifying

  • Types of core data workloads, core concepts of analytics
  • Relational Azure data services like comparing SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS delivery modelsNon-relational data workloads and offerings, deployment of non-relational data servicesAnalytics workloads and components of a modern data warehouse



AZ-103 certification validates the knowledge and skills of implementing, monitoring and maintaining Azure services, including

- computing
- storage
- networking
- security

EXAM AZ-104 (beta)

This is the updated version of the Azure Administrator AZ-103 exam. An Azure administrator is a subject matter expert who implements Azure-based infrastructure in an organisation. This exam tests the knowledge of applicants relating to, within the Azure environment, configuration and management of

- computing
- storage
- virtual networking
- monitoring


AZ-203 certification is for those who design and maintain cloud applications and services in coordination with

- cloud database administrators
- cloud solution architects
- administrators
- clients

Aspirants need to have at least one year of software development experience in scalable solutions and skilled in at least one cloud platform supporting programming language.


Candidates for the AZ-204 exam should know all about designing, building, and testing Azure-based apps and services. They must also have 1-2 years of experience as a developer with proficiency in

- data storage and connections
- Azure SDKs
- debugging
- performance tuning


This certification is for developers who

- implement and manage security controls
- identify and access management
- responsible for cloud data, app and network security

The AZ-500 exam requires a deep understanding of virtualisation, familiarity with Microsoft products and services, and strong automation and scripting skills.


This associate level certification is for IT professionals who implement AI solutions like speech, computer vision, bots, and natural language processing, using cognitive services, machine learning, and knowledge mining. Candidates require

- analysing requirements for AI solutions
- recommending appropriate tools and technologies
- implementing solutions in line with scalability and performance requirements


DP-100 certification is designed for the design and implementation of a Data Science Solution on Azure. It teaches the application of machine learning applications like

- training
- evaluation
- deployment of models used to solve business problems

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AZ-300: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies certification is one of the highest certification levels achievable. It is designed for candidates who translate business requirements into reliable, secure and scalable Azure cloud solutions. You need expertise in IT operations like

- virtualisation
- virtual networking
- disaster recovery
- business continuity
- data management
- security


While earning this expert-level certification, among other things you will learn how to

- design, compute, storage, networking and monitoring strategy
- design a site recovery and data archiving strategy
- design deployment, migration and API integration strategy

To get a Microsoft certification, you need practical hands-on experience in Microsoft Azure. Koenig has certified over 10000 candidates in the past 6 months and uses experts to give you 1-on-1 training along with practical experience through in-house labs. Start advancing your career and enroll today.

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Armin Vans
Aarav Goel has top education industry knowledge with 4 years of experience. Being a passionate blogger also does blogging on the technology niche.



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