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Are you a developer who uses automation to reduce the burden of rote tasks regularly performed by your team? Are you skilled at developing robotic process automation (RPA) solutions to automate time-consuming and repetitive tasks? If so, and if you streamline business processes and connect old and new systems, check out the Microsoft Certified: Power Automate RPA Developer Associate certification (pass Exam PL-500). It could give your career a boost.
This industry-recognized Microsoft Certification validates to the world that you have automation developer skills—whether you’re growing your career, looking to use your skills to advance, or wanting to change to a new, in-demand development role. In this article, we also point out other certifications that could be a good fit for you, depending on your career path.
The Power Automate RPA Developer Associate certification
This certification validates the skills of seasoned developers. You fit this role if you have experience with cloud flows and desktop flows, along with experience extending Power Automate capabilities and integrating them with other services.
Benefits of certification
Software development is key to digital transformation, and organizations seek developers who understand the next generation of automation. Microsoft Certification can demonstrate that you’re a technically agile developer—keeping you competitive and demonstrating to your employers that your skills are up to date.
Other certifications for you
Depending on your skill level, you might consider other Microsoft Power Platform certifications.
For developers who extend and customize Microsoft Power Platform apps, earning a Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Developer Associate certification (pass Exam PL-400) is a logical choice.
If you’re a developer who’s exploring Microsoft Power Platform, you could earn the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals certification (pass Exam PL-900). This baseline certification proves your flexibility in using Microsoft Power Platform skills to help improve your team’s productivity.
How do I get started?
You have a drive to create automated solutions to help your organization, and you have successfully built, customized, and extended Microsoft Power Platform apps.
However, if you don’t feel ready to take the RPA developer certification exam just yet, we have a few suggestions to give you more experience:
- Build your skills as you volunteer on a Power Automate RPA project.
- To become familiar with RPA, follow the Automate processes with Robotic Process Automation and Power Automate for desktop learning path on Microsoft Learn.
- To explore the application and the interface, start a Power Automate Desktop trial.
- Sign up for an instructor-led training course.
To get started with this certification, check out our Power Automate RPA Developer Associate certification journey map.
Follow the sequence on the Power Automate RPA Developer journey map. Start by deciding whether this certification is a good fit for you.
Next, choose the training you need to be prepared. To understand the skills that the exam measures you on, review the Exam PL-500 skills outline guide on the exam page. Then sign up for the training that suits your learning style and experience:
- On the certification page, choose curated learning paths and modules for Power Automate RPA Developer Associate. Explore hours of free, self-paced online learning to help you get ready.
- If you prefer to learn from an instructor, review the instructor-led training from Microsoft Learning Partners, Course PL-500T00: Microsoft Power Automate RPA Developer. To learn more, check out Find a Learning Partner.
Next, consider taking a practice exam for Exam PL-500. After you pass the exam and earn your certification, you can continue to broaden your technical expertise by earning one of the other certifications described in this post or by exploring other certification offerings. Map out the possibilities with Microsoft Power Platform and Dynamics 365 certification paths.
Find your community and helpful resources
Join a community to network with other developers, share ideas, and ask questions. Discover blog posts and additional resources, events, and learning opportunities.
- Microsoft Power Platform Community
- Microsoft Power Automate Community
- Microsoft Learn Community
- LinkedIn: Microsoft Power Platform jobs
- Find the right Microsoft Power Platform certification for you
- Blog: Power Automate Community Blog
- Docs: Power Automate documentation
- YouTube: Power Automate channel
Celebrate with the world: Post your badge on LinkedIn
When you earn a certification or learn a new skill, celebrate your accomplishment with your network. It often takes less than a minute to update your LinkedIn profile and share your achievements, highlight your skills, and help boost your career potential.
It’s easy to renew your certification
When your Power Automate RPA Developer Associate certification expires, you can renew your certification by passing a free renewal assessment on Microsoft Learn—anytime within six months before your certification expires. For more details, read Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals.
Ready to discover your career path?
If you’re an RPA developer with a passion for automation, it’s time to validate your skills and showcase your expertise with Microsoft Certification. Career prospects for developers are looking good, so use certification to distinguish yourself from others and let employers know that you’re equipped to build a new, automated future.