Yes, if you need a way of proving your familiarity with securing an organization's digital assets, the Identity and Access Administrator Associate certification is worth it. It focuses on identity and access management within Azure, so if you work as an Azure administrator, or would like to, earning the cert proves to employers that you know how to deal with security challenges in cloud environments.
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Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator (SC-300) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate costs $165. It doesn't have any prerequisites and Exam SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator is the only exam you have to pass in order to earn it. Microsoft offers free practice assessments, but no free retakes, so preparing for the exam with a course will help make sure you don't have to pay the $165 more than once.
SC-300: Identity and Access Administrator Associate exam has 48 questions, and most people who pass it report that it's not especially difficult. 40 of the questions are related to subject matter knowledge and the remaining 8 cover a sample case study which you must evaluate and answer subjective questions about. The most challenging aspect of SC-300 is its emphasis on answering questions according to Microsoft guidelines.
Yes, as of 2023, all of Microsoft's certifications are valid for only one year. The Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate will be good for one year from the date you earn it. Renewing it is easy, though: Microsoft offers a free renewal certification exam which you can take as early as six months after earning your cert. The renewal exam covers updates to the technology and job position.
The SC-300 was designed to measure your familiarity with accomplishing technical tasks related to securing digital assets, so the best way to prepare for it is with hands-on, practical experience managing Microsoft network environments. You'll need technical knowledge and first-hand experience with implementing and managing user identities, implementing authentication and access controls, handling workload identities, and managing identity governance to pass the SC-300.