Microsoft Azure Certifications: Which Path is Right for You?

Microsoft Azure is the Cloud platform for delivering Microsoft Office 365 client services such as Outlook, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams and the Office applications. 

With over 250 million Office 365 users worldwide, there is a huge demand for appropriately qualified professionals to install, secure and maintain Azure: the (ISC)Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2020 found that 49% of employers require their staff to have appropriate qualifications and that 40% of cyber security professionals plan to enhance their Cloud security skills in the next two years. 

Whatever your level of knowledge and expertise, following our certification path will help you develop your career with the knowledge and qualifications you need to practise Azure administration and security management. 

All of our Microsoft courses are led by MCTs (Microsoft Certified Trainers), who are experienced practitioners, and use MOC (Microsoft Official Courseware) and MLO (Microsoft Labs Online). 

Learn more about Microsoft 365 and Azure training courses >> 

Microsoft Azure Pathway: which Azure certification should I do? 

There are many different certification routes you can take, depending on the expertise you want to develop. 

These include Developer, Data Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Administrator, Data Scientist, Security Engineer, Solution Architect, AI Engineer and Functional Consultant. 

Whatever path you choose, however, the Fundamentals certification is the best place to start. 

Fundamentals certification 

Whether you are new to Azure or have some experience, the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 course – available as a one-day or two-day course – provides an essential base level of knowledge. 

The two-day course is the most effective as it contains practical exercises for each module, helping you learn by applying your new knowledge to the sort of situations you will encounter at work. 

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (2 Day) AZ-900 Training Course 

The Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (2 Day) AZ-900 Training Course provides foundational knowledge of Microsoft Azure Cloud services and their benefits, cost, security, compliance tools and management. 

It also prepares you to pass the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam at the first attempt. 

 Please note that this two-day course includes practical, hands-on lab exercises. 

 The course covers: 

  • The basics of Azure and its subscriptions and accounts; 
  • Azure architecture concepts, terminology and resources; 
  • General and network security; 
  • Cloud governance strategy, and adherence to regulatory and compliance standards; and 
  • Factors that influence Azure costs and system and application design decisions. 


Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 Training Course 

AZ-900 is also available as a one-day course, without the practical exercises. 

Role-based certifications 

Once you have mastered the basics of Azure through a Fundamentals certification, it is time to consider the next step in your certification journey. 

The following courses are also available from IT Governance: 

Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-104 Training Course 

The Microsoft Azure Administrator AZ-104 Training Course provides IT security professionals with the knowledge needed to implement, configure and manage Azure Cloud services. 

It will also prepare you to pass the AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator exam at the first attempt. 


It covers: 

  • Securing identities; 
  • Administering the infrastructure and configuring virtual networking; 
  • Managing network traffic; 
  • Implementing storage solutions; 
  • Implementing web applications and containers; 
  • Configuring backups and sharing data; and 
  • Monitoring the Azure infrastructure. 

Microsoft Azure Security Engineer AZ-500 Training Course 

The Microsoft Azure Security Engineer AZ-500 Training Course provides IT security professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to implement security controls, maintain an organisation’s security posture, and identify and remediate security vulnerabilities. 

The course covers configuring and deploying security solutions for a Cloud N-tier architecture. It will also prepare you to pass the AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies exam at the first attempt. 

It covers: 

  • Managing identity and access; 
  • Implementing platform protection; 
  • Securing data and applications; and 
  • Managing security operations. 

Specialist training 

You can progress to a senior role as a Microsoft security operation analyst, identity and access specialist, or information protection manager with our specialist training courses. Follow the links for more information: 

Microsoft security training with IT Governance 

As an approved Microsoft Global Training Partner, IT Governance delivers your course via an experienced MCT using MOC . 

We have training venues in London and Ely, or you can study from the comfort of home via our Live Online option. 

Find out how you can develop your Microsoft security career. 


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