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MCSA: Cloud Platform Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

Earn Microsoft Azure certification and build your professional career

This certification retires on December 31, 2018. You will no longer be able to earn this certification after this date. If you earn it prior to that date, it will remain in the Active Certifications section of your transcript after that date.

This certification demonstrates your expertise in Microsoft cloud-related technologies to reduce IT costs and deliver more value for the modern business.

MCSA Cloud Platform

Key technologies

  • Microsoft Azure

What is involved

Earning an MCSA: Cloud Platform provides the foundation for a position as a cloud administrator or architect and is the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).


Possess foundational IT skills. If you feel that you do not possess these skills, consider pursuing one or more Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications.


Pass 2 required exams. Be sure to explore the exam prep resources.


Earn your MCSA: Cloud Platform certification.


Earn an MCSE by passing 1 related exam.

Certification Exams and prep resources


Exam 70-532/Course 20532

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: Create and manage Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines (30-35%); design and implement a storage and data strategy (25-30%); manage identity, application, and network services (15-20%); and design and implement Azure PaaS compute and web and mobile services (25-30%).

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Exam 70-533/Course 20533

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

This exam is for candidates who are experienced in implementing an infrastructure solution in Microsoft Azure. Candidates have experience implementing and monitoring cloud and hybrid solutions as well as supporting application lifecycle management.

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Exam 70-535/Course 20535

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Candidates for this exam define the appropriate cloud native, cloud migration, and hybrid cloud solutions to meet the required functional, operational, and deployment requirements through the solution lifecycle. Candidates should know the features and capabilities of Azure services to be able to identify tradeoffs and make decisions for designing public and hybrid cloud solutions.

The candidate should understand DevOps technologies, provisioning Azure resources using ARM templates, and designing highly resilient workloads running on Azure.

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Optional training


Exam 70-537/Course 20537

Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack

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Optional training

MCSA Cloud Platform

MCSA: Cloud Platform
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