Microsoft Azure certification renewal

psytek000psytek000 CCNA R&S, Security, Data Center, CCDA. Azure MTAMember Posts: 17 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hey All,

Hope all is well. I just recently completed the Azure Security Engineer Associate (Az-500) certification. It was brutal, but I made it through :smiley:

I didn't realize that the Azure Security exam has an expiration date (valid for 2 years). It understandably makes sense, but I wasn't expecting it as my Azure MTA did not have an expiration date. Do the other Azure certifications expire (e.g. administrator, devops, architecture)? My preconceived notion with Microsoft certifications are that they don't really "expire" just that the technology of course eventually phases out.

I was wondering what the renewal process is like with the Azure exams. Did some googling, but didn't see any consensus on renewal for the Azure certifications. I imagine the only way to renew is to resit the same Azure exam, but does anyone here know for sure? 

I have no issues to resit the same exam, but Cisco has spoiled me with their model. It was always nice learning, studying, and passing something new to renew past certs. From what it appears, Microsoft doesn't do this (where I could take another Azure associate level cert to renew my associate Azure security cert). Again if anyone knows differently, that would be nice to know.

Comments

  • _netmon_netmon Level 99 Wizard Mod Posts: 878 Mod
    Microsoft don't work the same way as Cisco or CompTIA, i.e. you can't take another exam to validate a previous one. 

    Personally I wouldn't worry about expiration. I leave my certs to expire because I train for advanced ones later down the line. For example, I'm currently working on my MCSA for Windows Server 2016, which is relevant for my job now, but I left my 70-680 for Windows 7 to expire. If I spent all my time trying to renew old certs I wouldn't have time for new ones.

    My CV shows employers that I did the training and passed the exam. As long as you're continuing to study in the long run and keeping up to date with relevant certs for your career, then you shouldn't worry about it.
    2020 goals: Server 2016 MCSA/MCSE (70-740, 70-741, 70-742, 70-744), Powershell training
    2021 goals: RHCSA/RHCE, AWS, Python training

    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
  • psytek000psytek000 CCNA R&S, Security, Data Center, CCDA. Azure MTA Member Posts: 17 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Brilliant. I love that answer!

    Side question - you wouldn't be associated with Skylines Academy, are you?
  • _netmon_netmon Level 99 Wizard Mod Posts: 878 Mod
    Haha I've never even heard of them until now! Looks like it offers courses for all Azure certifications, but I've never used them myself. Is it any good?
    2020 goals: Server 2016 MCSA/MCSE (70-740, 70-741, 70-742, 70-744), Powershell training
    2021 goals: RHCSA/RHCE, AWS, Python training

    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
  • psytek000psytek000 CCNA R&S, Security, Data Center, CCDA. Azure MTA Member Posts: 17 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Haha they do indeed. Since you aren't affiliated (at least I truly hope not) - I can be a bit more honest with my response :wink: . I purchased their Azure security course on Udemy when it was on sale for $9.99. It was OK. I will say that they are one of the few CBTs for the Azure security cert. I used their videos as the intro to a cert, but definitely had to combine it with other videos, whitepapers, and practice labs. Their video series for the AZ-500 seemed like it was pieced together from their other courses and not tailored specifically for the AZ-500 exam. That made it feel disjointed at parts. I considered them when I studied for the AZ-900 intro cert, but at the last minute when with my man Scott Duffy.
  • _netmon_netmon Level 99 Wizard Mod Posts: 878 Mod
    Ah fair enough. I've only ever used CBT in the past. Haven't left them yet until I need to (which I probably will for the 70-742 as I've heard bad things). I guess you can always try things once and move on if it doesn't suit your requirements. Live and learn :smile:
    2020 goals: Server 2016 MCSA/MCSE (70-740, 70-741, 70-742, 70-744), Powershell training
    2021 goals: RHCSA/RHCE, AWS, Python training

    Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to. - Richard Branson
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