How to Become a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate

What is the Azure Developer Associate certification?

Author: Tom Tuttle

Azure developers design and build cloud solutions such as applications and services. They participate in all phases of development, from solution design, to development and deployment, to testing and maintenance. They partner with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement the solution.

The Microsoft Azure Developer Associate certification is role-based and is designed to expand Azure development skills to meet future business needs. Two exams are required to attain this certification: Microsoft Azure Developer Core Solutions and Microsoft Azure Developer Advanced Solutions.

How will becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate impact your job and career?

According to the Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report, certification value is at an all-time high. The IT industry continues to validate skills and capabilities learned via certifications with higher salaries. According to the report, 95% of IT decision-makers believe certification provides added value to the organization.

Individual benefits are obvious too—certified IT professionals in North America earn 22% more than their non-certified peers. Cloud computing certifications, in particular, have the highest average salaries in North American ($110,265).

Some additional benefits of certified personnel, according to IT decision-makers, include:

  • Improved productivity
  • Fewer skills gaps
  • Faster project completion
  • Quicker deployment of products and services
  • Provides an edge over competitors