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New Microsoft Applied Skills Added to Microsoft Credentials

May 24, 2024
Global Knowledge

Unlock the latest scenario-based credentials aligned with your learning goals

Microsoft credentials are a testament to your expertise, offering industry-trusted and verified accreditations across three classifications: Fundamentals Certifications, Role-Based Certifications, and the new scenario-specific Applied Skills. Acquiring these credentials significantly bolsters your value, making you essential to your current or prospective workplace.

What are Microsoft Applied Skills?

In October of last year, Microsoft announced Microsoft Applied Skills credentials. These real-world, scenario-based credentials focus on skill sets that address critical business problems, empowering you to have a bigger impact on your projects, at your organization, and in your career. These non-certified credentials are earned upon successful completion of an online, on-demand assessment that entails a series of tasks within an interactive lab setting.


Microsoft Applied Skills are categorized based on specific skill sets. The current credentials are as follows:
Category Solutions
  • Configure secure access to workloads with Azure networking
  • Secure storage for Azure Files and Azure Blob Storage
  • Deploy and configure Azure Monitor
  • Deploy cloud-native apps using Azure Container Apps
Digital and App Innovation
  • Deploy containers with Azure Kubernetes Service
  • Implement security through a pipeline using Azure DevOps
  • Develop an ASP.NET Core web app that consumes an API
Data and AI
  • Migrate SQL Server workloads to Azure SQL Database
  • Train and deploy a machine learning model with Azure Machine Learning
  • Create an intelligent document processing solution with Azure AI Document Intelligence
  • Develop generative AI solutions with Azure OpenAI Service
  • Build a natural language processing solution with Azure AI Language
  • Implement a data warehouse in Microsoft Fabric
  • Build an Azure AI Vision solution
  • Implement a lakehouse in Microsoft Fabric
Business Applications
  • Create and manage canvas apps with Power Apps
  • Create and manage automated processes using Power Automate
  • Create and manage model-driven apps with Power Apps and Dataverse
Modern Work
  • Build collaborative apps for Microsoft Teams
  • Configure SIEM security operations using Microsoft Sentinel
  • Secure Azure services and workloads with Microsoft Defender for Cloud regulatory compliance controls


Additionally, Microsoft is preparing to release further Applied Skills credentials including:
Category Solutions
Data and AI
  • Implement a data science and machine learning solution with Microsoft Fabric
  • Build a real-time analytics solution with Microsoft Fabric
  • Implement information protection and data loss prevention by using Microsoft Purview
Modern Work
  • Prepare security and compliance to support Copilot for Microsoft 365


How do Applied Skills credentials differ from Microsoft certifications?

Microsoft certifications are designed to keep pace with the evolving roles and technologies in your field. These industry-recognized certifications can be earned by demonstrating the broad skills required for success and growth in your role. Gain these qualifications by passing exams that utilize real-world problems, and stay certified through Microsoft's recertification process.

Applied Skills credentials are introduced not as replacements but as complements to certifications, validating highly specific skill sets as opposed to the broader Microsoft certifications. Microsoft's role-based certifications assess a wider range of competencies to foster adaptable professionals for the ever-changing tech landscape. In contrast, Applied Skills target precise abilities tailored to solve distinct business problems or organizational challenges.


How can you determine which Microsoft credential fits your needs?

When choosing between Microsoft certifications and Microsoft Applied Skills, consider the type of skills you would like to highlight. Microsoft certifications are ideal if showcasing a wide range of skills needed for a particular job role. However, if you are interested in validating your expertise related to a specific problem or scenario your organization is facing, you should pursue an Applied Skills credential.

Some more key differentiators to evaluate are:

  • Breadth of Skills Validated: Certifications typically evaluate 4-6 skill sets; Applied Skills evaluate one specific skill set.
  • Focus: Certifications are role-based; Applied Skills are project-based.
  • Purpose: Certifications verify skills needed for technical aspects of job roles leveraging Microsoft solutions and technologies; Applied Skills validate capabilities related to specific scenarios that could be hindering an organization.

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