6 Reasons to Become a Microsoft Certified Power Platform Functional Consultant

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Are you considering sitting for the Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant exam? Maybe you’ve already acquired some Microsoft certifications and you’re thinking about your next credential?

Or perhaps you’ve got your eye specifically on becoming a Power Platform Consultant so that you can pursue the kind of career you’ve always wanted?

Microsoft Power Platform is one of the leading business tools used by organizations worldwide, and when you become certified, you’ll have an advantage in your consulting career.

Once certified, your skills and expertise will be in high demand, and businesses will want to hire you as an expert consultant. As a result, you’ll be the top pick for certain job postings and you’ll get paid more because of your credentials.

Whether you’re already sure you want to pursue this credential or you’re still making the decision, here are 6 reasons to start your path to earning this valuable certification.


1. You are passionate about Power Platform

When you find software you can get passionate about, why not make a career out of it? If you’re passionate about Power Platform and you enjoy consulting work, the Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant certification is perfect for you.

As a functional consultant, you’ll be consulted by clients, customers, and developers who need to understand the business requirements of technical tasks. You’ll essentially be the translator and main communicator, and you’ll need Power Platform expertise to fulfill your role.

You’ll work with a range of people, including testers, solution architects, designers, developers, QA teams, Power Platform administrators, and DevOps engineers.

The process of getting certified will verify that you have the following skills:

  • The ability to configure Microsoft Dataverse and security settings
  • The skills to create model-driven, portal, and canvas apps
  • The ability to use Dataverse connections to create and manage flows
  • The skills to assign and publish chatbots with Power Virtual Agents
  • The ability to create powerful visualizations by integrating Power BI with Power Apps
  • The skills to train, test, and publish models using AI Builder

All of these skills take time to learn, and most organizations would rather hire a professional consultant than train existing staff or hire an in-house consultant.

Through the course of getting certified, you’ll gain valuable skills, learn new information, and develop a stronger understanding of Power Platform and how you can use your knowledge to implement strong solutions.


2. You already qualify for the exam

Have you been working with Microsoft Power Platform for a while? Are you familiar with creating solutions in Power Platform and Microsoft 365? Do you already have experience in data modeling, UX design, and analyzing requirements and processes?

It’s recommended to have the Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals certification prior to pursuing the Power Platform Functional Consultant, but it’s not a requirement. Your experience and knowledge can be enough.

If you already have the skills required to pass the exam, or if you just need to brush up a little bit, you have every reason to pursue this valuable credential.


3. You’d like to earn more money

Who doesn’t want to earn more money? When you get your Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant, you’ll experience a salary increase that could be significant depending on what you’re currently earning.

According to Ziprecruiter, Power Platform Consultants can expect to earn $118,035 to $206,500 per year. That’s a great salary range, regardless of your title.

If earning more money is important to you, make it a priority by becoming a Power Platform Functional Consultant.


4. You’ll be considered an expert

There’s something rewarding about being seen as an expert in your field. When you’re a certified Power Platform Functional Consultant, you’ll be considered the go-to expert. You’ll be the liaison between users and the implementation team in whatever organization you work for.

You’ll be the go-to person anytime your organization needs solutions, app configuration, data conversions, user experience enhancements, system integrations, automation or anything else related to Power Platform.


5. You’ll command automatic respect

You’ll earn an overwhelming amount of respect as a Power Platform Functional Consultant. Respect is something that must be earned, and you’ll earn that respect automatically just by being certified.

Certifications are seen as the ultimate proof that you know your profession well, you are truly an expert, and you know how to get results.


6. You love working with teams

As a functional consultant, you’ll be working with teams more than you’ll be working with applications. Although you’ll do plenty of work inside of Power Platform, your job will mostly consist of connecting and collaborating with others as part of a team.

While there are other certifications that are ideal for people who want to spend their time immersed in data, this particular certification is ideal for those who want to spend their time working with other people and teams.

If you’re a people person and you love consulting work, the Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant certification is a great option for you to advance your career in a new and exiting way.


Ready to get certified? Take our instructor-led preparation course

If you’re ready to get certified, you’re making the right choice. However, the exam is rigorous, and you’ll need to prepare accordingly. Take our Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant certification course and start your journey today.

Our prep courses are led by experienced, engaged instructors who will guide you every step of the way. You’ll learn all the information you need to pass the exam, and you can take our course at your convenience.

We offer both online and in-person training courses, so you can choose the option that works with your schedule.

Becoming a Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant will help you take your career to the next level by increasing your value to potential employers, but don’t wait to get certified.

Now is the time to get the credentials that will help you achieve your career goals.

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