Originally posted May 2020 and updated September 7, 2021
Modern IT emphasizes working with people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver business value. If you have these skills, DevOps Engineer Expert is the role-based certification for you.
To earn the DevOps Engineer Expert certification, you must pass Exam AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions and you must earn either the Azure Administrator Associate or the Azure Developer Associate certification. You can take care of these requirements in any order you’d like—as long as you have either the Azure Administrator or Developer certification and you’ve passed Exam AZ-400.
This certification a good fit for you if your responsibilities include designing and implementing strategies for collaboration, code, infrastructure, and source control, along with security, compliance, continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback. You should have experience working with people, processes, and technologies to continuously deliver business value. Additionally, you should be familiar with (or expert in) Azure administration and development. The certification is a great way for system administrators or developers to prove their expertise in DevOps.
How can you get ready?
To help you plan your journey, check out our infographic, The journey to Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert. You can also find it in the resources section on the certification and exam pages, which contains other valuable help for DevOps Engineers.
To map out your journey, follow the sequence in the infographic. First, decide whether this is the right certification for you.
Be sure that you have a prerequisite certification for this exam—either Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Developer Associate.
Next, to understand what you’ll be measured on when you take Exam AZ-400, review the skills outline guide.
Sign up for training that fits your learning style and experience:
- For self-paced online training, choose curated learning paths on Microsoft Learn.
- If you prefer to learn from an instructor, choose instructor-led training. To take the Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps solutions course, find a Microsoft Learning Partner.
Then, rehearse with the Microsoft Official Practice Test for AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions. All the objectives of the exam are covered in depth, so you’ll find what you need to be ready for any question.
After you pass your exam and earn your certification, there are many additional opportunities to grow your cloud expertise.
Note: Remember that Microsoft certifications assess how well you apply what you know to solve real business challenges. Our training resources are useful for reinforcing your knowledge, but you’ll always need experience in the role and with the platform.
It’s time to level up!
You’re a leader at making DevOps an effective practice for your organization. Earn your certification to help advance your career, gain recognition as an expert, and validate your technical knowledge and abilities as you drive your career into the future.