Microsoft announced five new certifications at its Build 2022 event last week. These new certificates focus on a wide range of topics, including cybersecurity, automation, and data analytics, to prepare users for future roles.

Microsoft Power Automate RPA Developer Associate Certificate

Prerequisites: None
Required Skills : JSON, cloud streams, and desktop streams; integration of solutions with REST and SOAP services; data analysis using Microsoft Excel, VBScript and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA); HTML; JavaScript; one or more programming languages; and the Microsoft Power Platform suite of tools.
Official Study Guide: Online (free), instructor-led (paid)
Exam cost: $165

This new developer-focused exam aims to increase proficiency in building automated solutions using Microsoft Power Automate. In addition to designing, deploying, and troubleshooting automated solutions, this certification will also prepare the candidate to work with stakeholders to improve business workflows.

Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect Expert Certificate

Prerequisites (one of the following): Security Operations Analyst Associate Certificate, Identity and Access Administrator Associate Certificate, Azure Security Engineer Associate Certificate, Security Administrator Associate Certificate
Required Skills : None
Official Study Guide: Online (free), instructor-led (paid)
Exam cost: $165

The Microsoft Cyber ​​Security Architect Expert certificate is aimed at administrators and security engineers. It aims to improve their knowledge in designing cybersecurity strategies to protect an organization’s mission and business processes through architecture. Topics covered by this certificate include identity and access management, implementing platform protection, and securing and mitigating threats using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Cloud.

Microsoft 365 Exchange Online Support Engineer Specialty Certificate

Prerequisites: None
Required Skills : None listed, but the training materials require an understanding of networking fundamentals, PowerShell and Exchange PowerShell, and messaging protocols.
Official Study Guide: Online (free), instructor-led (paid)
Exam cost: $165

This specialty exam is intended for support engineers and administrators. It prepares the candidate to solve common email problems in Microsoft Outlook. Successful candidates are equipped to resolve email client issues, email flow issues, and hybrid and migration issues.

Microsoft Azure Support Engineer for Connectivity Specialty Certificate

Prerequisites: None
Required Skills : Understanding of the OSI network layer model, Azure CLI, PowerShell and how to use Cloud Shell to run commands
Official Study Guide: Online (free), instructor-led (paid)
Exam cost: $165

A specialized certificate for Azure support engineers and IT administrators. Successful candidates are equipped to resolve business continuity issues, hybrid and cloud connectivity issues, core network issues, and virtual machine (VM) connectivity issues. The training material seems quite basic but requires significant practice with tools such as Power BI, Azure tools and Microsoft Sentinel.

Microsoft Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate Certificate

Prerequisites: None
Required Skills : Expertise in designing, building and deploying enterprise-wide data analytics solutions
Official Study Guide: Online and instructor-led, no learning modules available at time of publication
Exam cost: $165

This advanced data analyst certificate tests the candidate’s knowledge in implementing and managing a data analysis environment. The exam covers data governance in Power BI and Azure, managing analytics, and integrating an analytics platform into an existing IT infrastructure. It also tests the candidate’s ability to implement and manage data models, query and transform data, and turn it into visualizations. Since the certification page doesn’t list any training materials, it’s unclear what the preparation looks like. View the DP-500 Exam Blueprint here.