Microsoft announce free courses and discounted MCP exams for Azure certifications

In an effort to get more people learning their cloud platform, Microsoft have announced a series of new courses on various areas of Azure, as well as discounted MCP exams; and what you get is pretty awesome. I have put some links at the bottom of this  but you can see it in more detail here.

Free courses

The courses initially offered are:

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Azure for AWS Experts
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks
  • Microsoft Azure Identity
  • Microsoft Azure Storage

So not everything to cover the Microsoft exams, but a really good start! Each course is set to be completed in 16 to 24 hours and you can get a certificate at the end of each course, which is a bit useless against an MCP certification.

Discounted MCP Exams

This has made me really happy. For US$99 you can pick up an voucher for an MCP exam, with the safety net of a retake exam; plus 30-day’s access to an official practice test. These vouchers have three-months validity. Normally you get an exam only for US$165, and a 30-day practice test for $99 so it’s a massive saving.

For US$279 you can get three of each, with six-months validity.

The vouchers are valid for any of the below exams:

  • Exam 70-473: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
  • Exam 70-475: Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions
  • Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • Exam 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • Exam 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions


How do you get these deals?

You can read more about this on the post from Julia White, or go straight to the landing site for these deals. It is on the Microsoft Partner site but you don’t need to be a partner or log in.