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We live in a rapidly changing world of technology, where every day brings innovation. How can you keep pace in this era of digital transformation? Microsoft Learn, with almost 3,000 modules and learning paths on various Microsoft technologies, offers a comprehensive collection of training options and a wide array of role-based certifications to help you pick up new skills or brush up on old ones.
Microsoft Learn has the resources you need to add to your existing skills and to build new ones, along with tools that can help you achieve more for your team, your organization, and your career. Whether you’re just starting out in tech or are an experienced professional who wants to stay current with the latest developments, check out these 10 facts you should know about Microsoft Learn:
- Learn for free, at your own pace and time
Access interactive, self-paced learning materials at no cost, available at your own pace and at your preferred time. Choose from a range of learning paths and certifications across roles to learn and experience Microsoft products and services for free.
- Practice while learning
Get hands-on experience with the free sandbox environment, enabling you to work with Microsoft Azure services—without a paid Azure subscription. Our self-paced learning content includes exercises that teach you how to create real things in Azure, such as Azure Functions or spin up virtual machines, and accomplish even more as you practice real-world tasks.
- Explore content for all skill levels
Microsoft Learn isn’t just for tech professionals in the workforce. It’s also for students and those new to tech who want to get a head start on their careers. You can filter learning content and certifications by level—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. If you’re relatively new to a technology, start with beginner courses and fundamentals certifications. If you’re a student, build technical skills for the future with Microsoft Learn for Students.
- Create and share your own collection of content
Curate and share custom sets of training content, technical documentation, code samples, reference architectures, and more with collections on Microsoft Learn. Collections enable you to assemble and share a personal training plan to help you prepare for a project or help others get onboard.
- Schedule instructor-led training courses
If you prefer in-depth, structured learning with personal attention and support from technical subject matter experts, schedule instructor-led training courses offered by authorized Microsoft Learning Partners. With instructor-led training, you learn from Microsoft Certified Trainers in a classroom setting. Search for courses on Microsoft Learn—filter by location and time, explore virtual deliveries, and complete the scheduling process with an integrated checkout process directly on the partner website. Note this feature is in beta and currently available for a limited number of courses. If schedules are not visible, you can find a full list of Microsoft Learning Partners by country or region.
- Boost your professional profile with a certification
Interested in earning a Microsoft Certification? On Microsoft Learn, it’s easy to find out what skills you’ll need and how to prepare. Explore a certification that interests you to see what skills are measured, which exams are required, and how to prepare. Adding a role-based Microsoft Certification to your professional profile, such as your LinkedIn profile or résumé, can help you stay ahead in today’s cloud-based world and get the recognition you deserve.
- Renew certifications for free
Do you have a role-based or specialty Microsoft Certification expiring within six months? You can renew your certification on Microsoft Learn at no cost. Pass an online certification renewal assessment before your certification expires to extend the certification validity by another year.
- Earn badges and trophies
As you complete self-paced learning content, collect badges and trophies while tracking your progress in your Docs profile. When you earn a Microsoft Certification, you’re awarded a certification badge to validate that you have the technical skills and ability to succeed in that job role. These accomplishments are worth celebrating, so be sure to share with friends, colleagues, and potential employers on social media, such as LinkedIn. This helps to ensure that your network sees your talent and the hard work you put in to attain your goals.
- Learn in your preferred language
Build your skills and your confidence as you study in the language of your choice. Review the list of many available languages for self-paced learning content and choose the one you prefer.
- Watch TV and learn
You might be surprised to know that Microsoft Learn has a TV channel. Tune in and watch Learn TV for live streams, shows, and instructional videos to learn how to build solutions using Microsoft products—from the experts who created them.
We hope you discovered something new about Microsoft Learn to help you take the next steps on your learning journey. Be sure to share it with your peers and let us know your favorite feature or capability in the comments.