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Mastering the basics can help you jump-start your career, explore Azure and the cloud—whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional—and prepare to dive deeper into the many technical opportunities Azure offers. Need to start at the beginning? Check out Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI.


The Azure Fundamentals certification offers the basics you need to build your technical skills and your confidence. Prove your knowledge of cloud computing concepts, models, and services, such as public, private, and hybrid cloud, in addition to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). And show your expertise on how Azure supports security, privacy, compliance, and trust.


The Azure Fundamentals certification validates your basic knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Azure. You earn it by passing Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals.


You can use your Azure Fundamentals certification to prepare for other Azure role-based or specialty certifications, but it isn’t a prerequisite for any of them.


What are the prerequisites?

If you’re just beginning to work with cloud-based solutions and services, this certification is for you. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of cloud concepts, along with Azure services, workloads, security, privacy, pricing, and support. In addition, you should be familiar with concepts of networking, storage, compute, application support, and application development. 


How can you get ready?

To help you plan your journey, check out The journey to Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals infographic. You can also find it in the resources section on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for Azure professionals.


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To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.


Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when taking exam AZ-900, review the skills outline guide on the exam page.


Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:


Choose curated learning paths on Microsoft Learn. These eight (plus) hours of self-paced online learning will help you get ready for your learning journey.


If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose instructor-led training. To take the one- or two-day Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course, find a Microsoft Learning Partner.


Then, take a trial run with the AZ-900 Microsoft Official Practice Test. All the exam objectives are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.


After you pass the exam and earn your certification, continue mastering the basics with the Azure Data Fundamentals certification or the Azure AI Fundamentals certification. Or find the right Microsoft Azure certification for you, based on your profession (or the one you aspire to).


Ready to master the basics?

Azure offers an ever-expanding set of cloud services that can help you be more successful today. For an in-depth look at how mastering the basics can help you build your career, check out Master the basics of Microsoft Azure—cloud, data, and AI. Azure offers the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive global network, using your favorite tools and frameworks. Earn your certification, establish your foundations, and open up new possibilities for your career.



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