This guide provides information and resources on the Azure Fundamentals certification, as well as some tips to help you prepare for the exam.
This certification is intended for professionals beginning to work with Microsoft Azure who are able to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of cloud concepts and services and how they are provided with Azure.
This certification would be right for you if you don't necessarily have a technical background and hands-on experience with Azure, but you've been involved with it (e.g. in a sales or management role) enough that you are familiar with cloud concepts and are able to demonstrate knowledge of Azure services, workloads, security, privacy, pricing, and support. If you have a technical background and some hands-on experience with Azure, this certification can also be a way for you to validate your foundational level knowledge.
The Azure Fundamentals certification is meant for professionals to demonstrate their grasp of cloud concepts and ability to work with the Microsoft Azure ecosystem. It can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based or specialty certifications, although it is not a prerequisite for any of them.
Achieving this certification will demonstrate that you're comfortable describing cloud concepts, core Azure services and management tools, Azure identity services, Azure pricing and SLAs, and options around security, privacy, compliance, and trust with Microsoft Azure.
To earn this certification, only one exam is required: AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.
To pass this exam you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of Azure. It is not a highly technical exam and requires rather a high-level understanding of the concepts.
There is no prerequisite for this exam, but you should be familiar with basic cloud concepts and Azure services, workloads, security, privacy, pricing, and support.
The AZ-900 exam will measure skills in different categories as listed below (non-exhaustively). Along with each topic, a few keywords are listed to give you a better picture of what specific concepts are involved.
The chart below puts the different categories in perspective, based on how much they each contribute towards the exam:
There are several Pluralsight courses to help you prepare. Because the AZ-900 exam has a lot of breadth, but not a lot of depth, you may want to check out the various course listings for Azure at the beginner level (as time allows):
In particular, the course Microsoft Azure: The Big Picture explores several of the topics covered in the exam and it's a good starting point.
In addition, you can explore the following Microsoft resources:
According to Oracle’s Top 10 Cloud Predictions, “80% of all enterprise (and mission-critical) workloads will move to the cloud by 2025.” Getting started with gaining a better understanding of cloud technologies and getting certified will future-proof your career and improve your prospects.
In addition, here are some other potential benefits you can expect from getting certified in Azure Fundamentals:
Along with Azure AI Fundamentals, Azure Data Fundamentals, the Azure Fundamentals course sits in the overall Azure Fundamentals tier of Microsoft certifications. This is the entry level within the Azure certification ecosystem, which also includes Azure Specialty and Azure Role-based certification tiers.
With no prerequisite to this certification, and the fact that it is not a prerequisite for any other, this certification is not part of any larger certification path but it stands on its own.
Professionals in sales or management roles may find that this is the only Microsoft Azure certification that they need.
The Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals certification is a good way to validate your knowledge and skills whether or not you have a technical background or hands-on experience with the platform.
This certification can serve as preparation for other specialty or role-based Azure certifications, although it is not a prerequisite for any of them. It may, however, boost your career prospects, salary, and job security in its own right.
Finally, here are some tips and suggested next steps if you wish to pursue this certification: