How to get Microsoft azure certification for Free

Salam everyone,

Becoming certified is one of the ways to prove your proficiency and competence in a particular area of expertise. Therefore, many vendors have developed their certification programs. And of course, Microsoft azure certification is one of them!

In this blog post, I’d like to introduce you to an interesting and time-limited opportunity from Microsoft to become certified. It is through “Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge 2021: Free Certification Exam

Free Certification Requirements

Microsoft expects you to do some work to prove your seriousness in getting the certification. There are some free online challenges you’ll need to finish to get your certification Pass. Currently, Microsoft offers free certification passes for nine of its certifications. You can see the certifications and relevant challenges here. Each certification will cost you 165 USD if you decide to pay it yourself.

Eligible Certifications

Here is the list of included certifications in the Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge 2021:

Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge 2021
Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge 2021 Supported Certifications

If your focus is in Machine Learning and Data Science area, I’d recommend the following challenges to get the certification:

Complete the challenge before March 30, 2021, at 4:00 PM UTC (16:00). Microsoft will send you a free exam pass on April 7, 2021, and you’ll have to use it before June 30, 2021.

That is it for now, and I’ll update the post later with more details on preparing for Microsoft exams including Microsoft azure certification. And then how to prepare to take the exam from home using PearsonVue proctored. But now, go and complete the challenges to get your free access ticket!

Update [2021-4-7]: Microsoft has sent the certification grant email. Check your inbox. Here is the guide on how to book your free exam.

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