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Microsoft Role-based Certifications: Fundamentals, Associate & Expert

Cloud technology is a major component of how services are delivered to customers. It's creating new jobs and expanding IT roles. To stay current and valuable, IT certifications need to include cloud technology.

Microsoft's role-based certifications do just that. There are three levels of Microsoft technical role-based certifications:

  • Fundamentals (optional)
    Fundamentals certification is entry-level and a good starting point for those new to a technology and who are lacking foundational skills. Fundamentals certification is earned by passing a single exam and is not required for Associate-level certifications.

  • Associate
    Earning an Associate certification shows you are keeping pace with today's technology. You must pass the required exam(s) to receive an Associate certification.

  • Expert
    The Expert credential is the top level. Requirements vary by product/technology. In some instances, there is a required prerequisite of a specific Associate-level certification.

Microsoft Technical Certification Learning Paths

Click a role-based title to view the Microsoft Certification Learning Path.


Apps & Infra

Cloud, Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Security, Compliance & Identity

Security, Compliance & Identity

Modern Work

Microsoft 365
Office 365, Windows Client, Teams

Business Apps

Business Apps
Power Platform
Power BI

Microsoft Fundamentals Certification
(Optional / Entry-level)

Azure Fundamentals link

Azure AI Fundamentals link

Azure Data Fundamentals link

Security Fundamentals link
Microsoft 365 Fundamentals link

Power Platform Fundamentals link


Microsoft Associate Certification

Azure Administrator link

Azure Data Scientist link

Azure Data Engineer link

Azure Database Administrator link

Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate link
(Retiring April 30, 2024)

Fabric Analytics Engineer Associate link

Azure Developer link

Azure AI Engineer link

Azure Security Engineer link

Azure Network Engineer link

Windows Server Hybrid Administrator link
AZ-800 + AZ-801

Security Operations Analyst link

Identity & Access Administrator link

Information Protection Administrator link

Azure Security Engineer link

M365 Endpoint Administrator Associate link

Collaboration Communications Systems Engineer Associatelink

Power Platform App Maker link
(Retiring June 28, 2024)

Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate link

Power BI Data Analyst Associate link

Power Platform Developer Associate link

Power Automate RPA Developer Associate link

Microsoft Expert Certification

Azure Solutions Architect link

Azure DevOps Engineer link

Cybersecurity Architect Expert link

M365 Enterprise Administrator link

Power Platform Solution Architect Expert link
Microsoft Specialty certification

Azure IoT Developer Specialty link

Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty link



Why Train with ONLC?

ONLC Training Centers is a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Training Services

The best way to prepare for a Microsoft certification exam is by having hands-on experience with the technology. ONLC excels at doing that plus provides several additional advantages:

  • ONLC Training Centers is a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Training Services.
    ONLC has been helping candidates successfully prep for professional certification ever since Microsoft started having certifications. For technical-level, instructor-led (ILT) classes we use Microsoft's official materials. Classes are led by seasoned instructors who are Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) with real-world experience using the software and teaching. Our classes are immersive with hands-on exercises and labs for you to effectively learn, build your IT skills and ready for certification.

  • Attend Class at ONLC (convenient centers) or Home.
    ONLC is the largest Microsoft Training Services Partner in North America with hundreds of training centers coast-to-coast click link approved to deliver Microsoft authorized technical training. Participants can attend our live, online instructor-led classes from any of our centers for an interruption-free learning environment outfitted with our equipment, or from their own location using their own equipment - see easy setup click link.

  • Optional Class Retake.
    Want a second look at an instructor-led (ILT) course you attended with ONLC? Our optional refresher course lets you repeat the same course one time (1x) for free. Some restrictions apply and not applicable for retired or self-study courses. See details click link.

  • Satisfaction Guarantee.
    ONLC provides high quality computer training, but don't take our word for it. Attend our instructor-led training knowing you can do so risk-free with our money back satisfaction guarantee click link.

  • Personal Guidance
    Our team of knowledgeable Education Advisors can provide individualized guidance and answer questions you may have about certification, our classes, learning formats and discount opportunities. Advisors are available at 1-800-288-8221 weekdays, or via the chat icon on the screen.

Microsoft Certification Exams & Badges

To become Microsoft certified you must pass the designated authorized exam(s). In addition to multiple choice, exams will contain active screen scenarios, drag-and-drop options, and even case studies that address situations you would encounter in the real world. Performance-based testing gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in ways that align with the way you actually work.

Students can register directly with Pearson VUE for technical-level Microsoft exams and in some cases you may be able to test from your own location. See Online Proctored Exams click link for setup requirements.

When you earn a Microsoft certification or pass a Microsoft exam, you'll receive a notification email directly from Microsoft on how to claim your badge. Badges are digital so one can post achievements online on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, and embed the badge into your resume, email signature, etc.

Recertification for Role-based / Specialty

Microsoft role-based certifications earned after June 29, 2021 are valid for one year.Role-based certifications need to be renewed annually by passing Microsoft's online assessments which are free. Note, recertification does not apply to Fundamentals level certifications as they do not expire.

As soon as you're eligible to renew (up to six months before your certification expires) Microsoft will alert you and provide assessment information. If you allow your certification to expire, you will need to earn the certification again by passing the current required exam(s).

Non-Technical Microsoft Certifications: MOS

ONLC has Microsoft Office / Office 365 classes that prep for MOS Certification.

ONLC also has hands-on, instructor-led training for business / end users to become proficient with applications in Microsoft Office including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and more. Our classes can be used to prepare for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.
Learn about MOS Certifications click link

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Group training available from ONLC

Group Training Option
ONLC offers complete learning solutions so training coordinators can quickly and successfully upskill their teams while maintaining their budget. Training can be via our public class schedule or private sessions delivered virtually or onsite. We can also customize content to meet the client's specific needs and technologies. To discuss our group training options and to receive a price quote complete our quick Group Training Request form or call 1.800.288.8221 (weekdays).


Call our Education Advisors for certification and course selection assistance

Education Advisors to Help You
Our advisors can assist you with questions about our classes, vendor certifications and discount options plus help you select training that is right for you. For assistance, contact our Education Advisors toll free in the USA at 1-800-288-8221 (weekdays).




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