How To Get Free Microsoft Exam Certifications

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In this post, I am going to demonstrate to you how you can become eligible and earn a free Microsoft exam certification, with truly zero costs involved. I highly recommend you favourite this blog post to ensure you can easily check for any changes or updates to the methods to get a Free Microsoft Certification exam and they update often. The last time this post was updated was December 2022.

Earning Microsoft certification is a great way to boost your CV and make you highly desirable for employers. You can use these great certifications on platforms such as LinkedIn to prove to recruiters and potential new employers that you care about personal development and education, as well as that you are a skill expert in your field.

Now it is even easier with the great that initiatives Microsoft are offering to allow you to take a Microsoft Exam for Free.

Why are Microsoft providing Free Exams?

Simply put, Microsoft want you to use their products! By gaining confidence in their products, businesses are more likely to adopt the Azure Cloud and other Microsoft services such as Exchange, Teams, Voice and SharePoint as a platform to build their infrastructure on. Not only is this good for businesses, but many engineers are also using these skills for personal and career development. Proving your worth to potential employers is the best way to get that job you have always wanted and earn more money while doing so.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Microsoft launched their learning initiative fast, to help those who have lost their jobs, to get employed. Their learning initiative meant people are now eligible to take free online learning courses provided by Microsoft and get themselves a Free Microsoft Exam in more ways that one.

Microsoft Skills Challenges

Microsoft Skills Challenge allows you to gain a free Microsoft certification exam for specific certifications as well as the opportunity to get some free swag from Microsoft! 

Join the challenge here: https://pulse.microsoft.com/sv-se/microsoft-spring-skills-challenge/

Steps:

  1. Choose and complete the Azure learning path of your choice from the Microsoft Learn modules.
  2. Complete the corresponding training session.
  3. Complete the corresponding Azure certification for free.
Your course options include:
  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft AI Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Data Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Security, Compliance Identity Fundamentals
How to get my free Microsoft swag?
Once you have completed the training and earning the certification you need to email Microsoft on [email protected] with a printscreen proof of your certification and your Cloud Skills Challenge name and they will send through instructions on claiming your award.

Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge 

Multiple times a year Microsoft host challenge events whereby completing a simple challenge (which is guaranteed by the way!) you will be eligible to take a Microsoft Certification Exam for free. 

In this post, I am going to show you how easy this is!

Firstly check the Microsoft Lean Blog for the most resent Cloud Skills Challenge event: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-learn-blog/bg-p/MicrosoftLearnBlog

The last event is called Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge | November 2021  

There are 12 challenges available to choose from, select one that’s right for you. Once you complete that challenge you will earn a free Microsoft Certification exam that can be applied to your choice from a select list of options.

The challenge begins on November 2, 2021, at 4:00 PM UTC (16:00) and ends on November 30, 2021, at 4:00 PM UTC (16:00). Make sure all modules in your challenge are complete before time runs out.

Below is a list of eligible Free Microsoft Exams you can take with this offer:

Microsoft Virtual Training Days

Virtual training days are primarily focused around the Microsoft Fundamental exams and allow you to get a free Microsoft Certification Exams for a wealth of different fundamental exams. 

You should take a look at the landing page for the virtual training days to see what best takes your preference: https://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/training-days

How it works is, Microsoft host different virtual training events throughout the year, the events usually costs if 2 parts across 2 days and are delivered by a pre-recorded video that lasts a couple of hours each. Once the system detects you open the video and watch the stream on both days, your account them becomes eligible for the Free Microsoft Exam Certification that you can redeem within your Microsoft Exam dashboard.

Here is an excerpt from the training page:

To create your vision for tomorrow, you need to understand what the cloud can do for you and your company today. Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day: Fundamentals explains cloud computing concepts, models, and services, such as public, private, and hybrid cloud, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). You’ll also learn how Azure supports security, privacy, compliance, and trust, and you’ll prepare for the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification.
After your training, you will receive a free voucher to take the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam.

30 Days to Learn It - 50% Off your Microsoft Exam

As well as Free Microsoft Exams, Microsoft are also offering you the chance to take the exams at half price! They are doing this through their 30 days to learn it programs. With this program, you decide which Microsoft learn path you want to take and you then have 30 days to complete all the modules. Once you have completed all the modules you are provided with a voucher code for 50% off the full exam price.

30 Days to Learn It can help you build skills and start your preparation for Microsoft Certifications for AI, DevOps, Microsoft 365, low code, IoT, data science, cloud development, and more. Select your challenge below, work through learning modules, and exchange ideas with peers through a global community forum.

To register simply go to: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/offers/30-days-to-learn-it and click Register Now. You will then be able to choose from any of the following learning paths:

  • Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Build apps with Microsoft Graph
  • Microsoft 365 Developer
  • Azure Solutions Architect
  • Azure Developer
  • Java on Azure Developer
  • Power Platform App Maker
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Azure Data Scientist
  • Azure Synapse Analytics

Get 80% off Microsoft Beta Exams

Something we at OurCloudNetwork have very much been taking advantage of is the ability to take Microsoft Beta exams at 80% off the RRP! But to get involved you have to be quick. 

When Microsoft release an exam in beta they offer a public code that can be used 300 times, that is for the first 300 users to take the exam. It provides experts with the incentive to take the exam early and provide valuable feedback to the exam content writer on improvements. 

Anyone can get involved in this. All you need to do is keep an eye on the Microsoft Learn Blog for updates on when they are released.

Summary

Thank you for reading our post. Now you know how to get Free Microsoft Exams you can begin training with our Azure Training Guide.

Daniel Bradley

My name is Daniel Bradley and I work with Microsoft 365 and Azure as an Engineer and Consultant. I enjoy writing technical content for you and engaging with the community. All opinions are my own.

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