Students, kick-start your tech career with Microsoft Certification!
At Microsoft, our mission is to help you achieve more, so we’re making certifications, and the resources to learn, prepare, and get certified, free to all eligible students, starting with fundamentals certifications.
Technology is changing the future of work. In every industry, employers expect interns and recent graduates to have the digital capabilities they need to thrive in a modern—often hybrid or remote—working environment. While digital skills are a great start, students also need skills in data, AI, and cloud technologies to make the most of every opportunity. Earning a Microsoft Certification does more than just build technical skills; certifications can help you stand out, gain confidence, and even get paid more1. Microsoft Certifications also validate your skills and abilities, while proving your commitment to learning the latest technologies.
Five steps to kick-start your tech career
1. Sign into Microsoft Learn and create your
Microsoft Learn is
the place to start and customize your learning journey with up-to-date content
developed by experts and a variety of resources. Master new skills with a
comprehensive collection of training options that empower you to learn in a
style that fits you best. Sign into Microsoft Learn and
create your student profile to track your progress on learning activities,
create and share content collections, accrue points and achievements, use free
Azure resources, and get personalized recommendations.
2. Determine which certification is right for
you and start learning
Certifications are based on industry analysis of specific jobs and roles and
are continually updated to reflect the latest technologies. They enhance your
credibility, giving you the professional advantage of globally recognized,
industry-endorsed skills. Earning a Microsoft Certification enables employers
and peers to recognize your talent and experience—and can help you build the
technical skills you need to succeed in today’s fast-paced, digital world.
Certifications start with foundational skills and move into the deeper
technical skills you will need to perform industry roles. Microsoft
Certifications also cover technical topics from Azure to AI, to data analytics
Learn the concepts included in the
AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data
AI-900: Microsoft Azure AI
SC-900: Microsoft Security,
PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform
MB-910: Microsoft Dynamics 365
MB-920: Microsoft Dynamics 365
MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals
your student status, claim your benefits, and practice
You’ve created a
Learn profile, selected a Microsoft fundamentals certification, and prepared
for the exam. Now, you’re ready to practice and get certified.
As part of this
initiative, Microsoft provides free exam vouchers and practice tests to
eligible students. You will just need to verify your enrollment at an
accredited academic institution to claim the benefits.
You’ll be guided
at every step to learn the required skills, prepare for the exam with a
practice test, and then get certified by passing the exam.
initiative is managed by Cloud Ready Ltd. on behalf of Microsoft. When you
access the Cloud Ready website using your Microsoft Account credentials, your
use of that website and any collection of personal data will be governed by
the Cloud Ready Privacy
Microsoft Official Practice Tests: Taking a Microsoft Official Practice
Test can significantly boost your chances of passing the Microsoft certification
exam. Build your knowledge of exam objectives and see detailed explanations for
correct and distractor answers. Provided by MeasureUp, Microsoft Official
Practice Tests recreate the conditions you’ll find in the actual certification
exam. Work in Practice Mode, which includes explanations and references for
each question, or Exam Mode, which simulates the real exam with about 150
Microsoft Exams: Take
a Microsoft fundamentals certification exam with a free exam voucher. Fundamentals
certifications are a great way to start your certification journey. Validate
your foundational understanding with mixed concepts and apply what you learn
about Microsoft technologies—no area experience required. Fundamentals also
give you a springboard into deeper, role-based learning paths and
4. Become certified—and earn college credit
Get even more
credit for your new skills. Students can now receive college credits for
passing Microsoft Exams and earning Microsoft Certifications. Read the story of
students Sam Jones and Jason
Powell, who saved money and completed their degrees faster with
college credits they earned as a result of their Microsoft Certifications.
Review the tools and resources they
used so you can do the same.
to ensuring that every person who’s interested in taking Microsoft Certifications
can do so in a way that is fair and accurately reflects their skills and
abilities. Learn more about
5. Share your certification achievements
success! You worked hard to earn your certification. Now, be sure to share your
new achievement with the world via a digital badge.
professional achievements may help you get noticed by potential employers. When
you share your digital badge on popular sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and
Twitter, or when you embed it into your resume, personal website, or email
signature, anyone who sees your badge will immediately recognize it as a
trusted Microsoft validation of your achievement.
Learn more about
how to claim your badge and showcase your skills and certifications.
Follow the Microsoft Learn
Blog for stories of how Microsoft Certifications have changed
people’s career paths—even at the beginning of their professional lives or as
they start new careers. These personal stories highlight how getting certified
can demonstrate your expertise and capacity for continuous learning, right from
the start of your career in tech.
spark confidence amidst unexpected changes
Certifications boost IT careers from the start
Why you should
celebrate your Microsoft skills and certifications
How the Microsoft
Certification community can help you and your career
Upon earning a certification, 28 percent of technical professionals say getting
certified led to salary or wage increases, and 91 percent reported greater
confidence in their abilities. Pearson VUE, “2021 Value of IT
Certification Report”, 2021.