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Microsoft Azure Architecting Solutions (70-535) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What was the underlying technology on the Microsoft Azure Architecting Solutions?

The underlying technology on the Azure Architecting Solutions certification from Microsoft was, maybe unsurprisingly, Microsoft Azure and how to design, implement and secure an Azure infrastructure. Earning the Azure Architect Solutions required passing exam 70-535, which covered designing and implementing an Azure cloud infrastructure, data implementation, network implementation and providing security to it. It was a certification designed for cloud engineers who needed to prove mastery of the Azure cloud space.

Is the Azure Architecting Solutions exam 70-535 retired?

Yes, exam 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions is retired, Microsoft retired it on December 31, 2018. At the same time, Microsoft retired the Azure Architect Solutions cert itself. The replacement exams for 70-535 were AZ-300 and AZ-301, but they have also retired. AZ-303 and AZ-304 are now the replacements for 70-535. But don't waste time: AZ-303 and AZ-304 retire on March 31, 2022.

Is the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification retired?

Yes, the Microsoft certification Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions was retired on December 31, 2018. If you earned the certification before it retired, it should still be on your transcript, but it's no longer possible to earn the certification. Not only is Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions retired, but the certifications that replaced it, the MCSD and MCSE series, have also retired as of January 31, 2021.

What certification replaced Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions?

Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert is the current replacement for Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, but its certifying exams (AZ-303 and AZ-304) retire on March 31, 2022 and will be replaced with AZ-305. Before it was retired, 70-535 had applied to many different certifications, including Microsoft Specialist, MCSD and MCSE certifications, but now all of those certifications have been retired and it's no longer possible to earn them.

Is this Azure Architecting Solutions (70-535) training still valuable?

Yes, this Azure Architecting Solutions (70-535) training is definitely still valuable. This 70-535 training is valuable because it contains expert-level cloud engineering knowledge that cloud architects who use Microsoft Azure still need. There are courses that can help you earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, and those are better suited for helping you pass the AZ-303, AZ-304 or AZ-305 exams. But the Azure information on this course is still very valuable.

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