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5 Reasons to Become a Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer

Apr 2022 by MARIA FORSBERG

Are you looking for professional certifications to take your career to the next level? Perhaps you’d like to earn more money, get a new job, or take on a leadership position. Whatever your reasons, becoming a Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer can help you achieve your goals.

 

Before getting into the reasons to get this certification, we’ll explore what a Certified DevOps Engineer is and what they do for their organizations.

What is a Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer?

As a Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer, you’ll work with teams, processes, and technologies to deliver products and services that meet both end user needs and business objectives.

More specifically, according to Microsoft, DevOps Engineers “design and implement strategies for collaboration, code, infrastructure, source control, security, compliance, continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback.”

If that sounds like your cup of tea, then keep reading to learn how you can get this highly respected certification.

 

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Why you should become a Certified Microsoft DevOps Engineer

There are several good reasons to get this certification.

1. You want to expand your DevOps expertise

This particular certification is role-based, which means it’s perfect for people who specifically want the Azure DevOps Engineer position within a given company. If you love DevOps, this certification will help you create success for organizations within the Azure environment.

If you’re already proficient in Agile practices in Azure, this certification will only make you better. You’ll develop even greater expertise when it comes to version control, compliance, infrastructure as code, and build/release/testing within Azure environments.

As a DevOps expert, you already know the importance of streamlining systems and practices through automation and collaboration. This certification will take your expertise further to include Agile tools and third-party tools for Azure.

2. You want to earn more money

You’ll naturally command higher pay anytime you’re considered an ‘expert.’ Becoming a DevOps expert is no exception. In fact, working with DevOps in Azure requires an enormous amount of expertise to be efficient. A high earning potential automatically comes with being a DevOps expert.

3. You’d like to gain more respect

Respect must be earned; it is not given freely, especially within companies where results matter. If you want respect, you must produce results, and getting your DevOps Expert Certification can help.

You won’t get the kind of big results that command respect unless you expand your knowledge and skills. Get certified and in the process, you’ll expand your knowledge and acquire real-world experience to solidify that knowledge into wisdom.

4. You’re hoping to get a promotion

Are there promotions available within your company that you’d like to pursue? If you’re after a promotion that requires higher DevOps experience within Azure environments, this certification can help.

The more skills and experience you have, the more likely you are to get promoted. Having a Microsoft DevOps Expert Certification can help you get the promotions you really want.

5. You’d like to land your ideal DevOps job

Nearly 70% of all companies use Microsoft Azure for their cloud services, and that includes 95% of Fortune 500 companies. Azure is a big deal, and if you’re hoping to land that ideal DevOps job, you’re probably going to need to be an expert in Azure to qualify.

If you have your eyes on a job that requires this certification, you have every reason to pursue this qualification. It will take time to earn your DevOps Engineer certification, but it will be worth the wait.

 

How to get Microsoft’s DevOps Engineer certification

There are three levels to obtaining this certification: Fundamentals, Associate, and Expert. In order to get your DevOps Engineer certification, you’ll need to earn the following fundamental certification:

  • Azure Fundamentals Certification

And also one of the following associate certifications:

  • The Azure Administrator Associate Certification or
  • The Azure Developer Associate Certification

In addition to the required certifications, you’ll need to be an expert in either Azure administration or development. If you’ve just completed your prerequisite certifications, you may want to settle into those first before jumping into the final DevOps Engineer exam.

 

Why prerequisite certifications matter

While some certifications don’t require earning other certifications first, this one is a bit different. Since Azure is a specific development environment, you need to have skills and expertise specific to Azure.

Earning an administrator certification proves that you can implement, manage, and monitor an Azure environment. Earning a developer certification proves that you can design, build, test, and maintain cloud applications and services in an Azure environment.

 

What you’ll be tested on to earn the DevOps Certification

The DevOps Engineer exam will test your knowledge and skills by demonstrating that you can do the following:

  • Develop an instrumentation strategy
  • Develop a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) strategy
  • Develop a security and compliance plan
  • Manage source control
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration
  • Define and implement continuous integration
  • Define and implement a continuous delivery and release management strategy

Since Dev and Ops are both large areas, the exam itself is fairly broad. However, the exam is specifically designed to qualify candidates according to what employers need in a trusted DevOps engineer.

Although the majority of the exam is broad, it covers the following in depth:

  • Azure DevOps
  • Version Control with a focus on Git and TFVC
  • ARM for Azure automation
  • PowerShell

This particular certification requires you to know something about a multitude of areas rather than knowing everything about one or two areas. To pass the exam, you’ll also need to know when it’s appropriate to use third-party tools.

 

Ready to become a Microsoft Certified DevOps Engineer?

If you’re ready to pursue your certification, our training course will help prepare you for the exam. We offer DevOps Engineer training courses, both online and in person, at various times throughout the year so you can make it work with your schedule.

Our instructor-led training course will give you all the knowledge needed to pass the Microsoft DevOps Engineer exam so you can start a new phase in your career. Sign up for our training course today and start working toward creating your ideal future.

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