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Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals (PL-900) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What is Microsoft Power Platform?

Microsoft Power Platform is the name for a collection of online tools that helps organizations analyze, automate, and act on data. Usually accessed through a web browser, the suite of tools includes Power BI for data visualization, Power Apps for app development without much coding, Power Automate for workflow automation, and Power Virtual Agents for creating chatbots. Technical and non-technical professionals alike can use Power Platform to accomplish many, many different things.

Is the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals worth it?

Microsoft's Power Platform cert is the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals. Whether or not the certification is right for you depends on a few things. First, are you involved with building cloud data solutions or working with data analysis? Second, does your organization rely extensively on Power Platform? If the answer to either or both of those is "yes" or "hopefully soon", then the Power Platform Fundamentals certification is definitely worth it.

How much does the Power Platforms Fundamentals exam (PL-900) cost?

Earning the Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals costs $99. The PL-900 is the only exam you need to pass to earn the certification, and it doesn't have any prerequisites, so you can pay your $99 and attempt PL-900 at any time. If earning the Power Fundamentals Fundamentals cert leads to even a small promotion, the cert easily pays for itself with the positions of greater responsibility it can lead to.

How hard is the Power Platform Fundamentals (PL-900) cert exam?

The Power Platform Fundamentals exam, PL-900, isn't especially hard, except that it tests your familiarity with Microsoft's way of doing things. The PL-900 covers six areas of knowledge, all related to navigating and using Power Platform and its three primary tools: Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Automate. Simply knowing how those tools work won't be enough to pass the exam, you should be prepared with official, 'by-the-book' answers.

Is Microsoft Power Platform easy to learn?

Yes, Microsoft Power Platform is designed to be user-friendly. Users with varying levels of technical expertise find Power Platform approachable and understandable. Having some background in coding won't hurt, but Power Apps and Power Automate include no-code capabilities that can be understood by most users. Learning Power Platform usually involves jumping in and creating applications and automating workflows, but a course like this simplifies and explains the process.
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