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Become Microsoft Certified: The path to Dynamics 365 and Power Platform expertise

by Stefano Tempesta
CTO, Microsoft Regional Director & MVP, Connecting Software

Editor's Note: Learn more about certifications from Stefano at his new webcast on June 4. 

Ever thought about getting certified on a Microsoft technology or product? Now more than ever is the right time to get yourself into the Microsoft Certified Professional program. Microsoft has revamped its certification program and made it clear and accessible to everybody, even those without a strong technical background.

The new certification paths are role-based, rather than product-based, so you can choose the journey you want to take to become a certified professional that best fits your job role. With three levels: fundamentals, associate, and expert, there is plenty to choose from.

Where do we start? Being a Microsoft MVP on Business Applications myself, my recommendation is to start your path through Microsoft certifications on Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.

Why get certified?

You may wonder, why should I invest time and money into getting certified? Certifications give you a professional edge and help recruiters and employers recognize talents with endorsed evidence of skills mastery. Microsoft certifications are globally recognized in the industry as a distinct sign of excellence, and certified professionals can expect career advancement from certification. Employers regularly use certifications as selection criteria for hiring and promotion and are willing to pay certified professionals more. And when you acquire a certification, you get a badge! Microsoft badges empower you to share your certification online with your professional network.

Let’s now explore the available certifications. Please keep in mind that the list of certifications varies over time, with new added and some retired. Your starting point is the Microsoft Learning portal.

Role-based certifications

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About Stefano Tempesta
Stefano Tempesta is CTO at SXiQ, a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP on Azure, AI and Business Applications, and co-founder of 365 Community, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower communities around the world with better ICT processes for customer relationship management (CRM) and customer service, using modern technology. A technology manager with 20 years of international experience, entrepreneur CTO and advisor for start-ups in Australia, Singapore and Switzerland, Stefano is an author, a public speaker, a blogger, an event organizer and an ambassador of beautiful software. His interests extend to microservice architectures, blockchain, IoT and A.I. related technologies.