Exam AZ-305 (beta): Prove your skills as an Azure solutions architect

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We recently shared that we’re Reimagining the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. And now I’ve got more great news: Exam AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (beta) is here!


Candidates for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification are required to pass the new Exam AZ-305 (beta) and earn or have a current Azure Administrator Associate certification.


Is this the right certification for you?

If you have subject matter expertise in designing cloud and hybrid solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including compute, network, storage, monitoring, and security, this certification is for you.


Azure solutions architects advise stakeholders and translate business requirements into designs for secure, scalable, and reliable Azure solutions. They partner with developers, administrators, and other professionals responsible for implementing solutions on Azure. Does this describe your workday? If so, this certification—and the new beta exam—could be for you.


Ready to prove your skills?

Take advantage of the discounted beta exam offer. The first 300 people who take Exam AZ-305 (beta) on or before December 17, 2021, can get 80 percent off market price!


To receive the discount, when you register for the exam and are prompted for payment, use code AZ305OAKDALE. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As noted, you must take the exam on or before December 17, 2021. Please note that this beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.


Before you register for Exam AZ-305 (beta), choose the path that’s best for you

Whether you’re well along on your certification journey or you’re just starting out, to become a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, choose one of the following options:

  • If you’re just starting your journey, earn or have a current Azure Administrator Associate certification and pass Exam AZ-305 (beta).
  • If you have a current Azure Administrator Associate certification, you’re halfway there—just pass Exam AZ-305 (beta).
  • If you’ve already passed Exam AZ-303, pass the new Exam AZ-305 (beta).
  • If you’ve already passed Exam AZ-304, be sure to pass Exam AZ-303 before it retires on March 31, 2022.
  • Pass both Exam AZ-303 and Exam AZ-304 before they retire on March 31, 2022.
  • If you’ve already earned the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification and it’s time to renew it, don’t take Exam AZ-305. Instead, renew your certification by passing a free online assessment on Microsoft Learn. For instructions, check your Certification Dashboard.


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Get ready to take Exam AZ-305 (beta)


Did you know that you can take any role-based exam online? Online exams—taken from your home or office—can be less hassle, less stress, and even less worry than traveling to a test center—especially if you’re adequately prepared for what to expect. To find out more, read my blog post Online proctored exams: What to expect and how to prepare.


Ready to get started?

Remember, the number of spots for the discounted beta exam is limited to the first 300 candidates who take Exam AZ-305 (beta) on or before December 17, 2021.


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