Yes, the Azure Solutions Architect Expert cert is worth it: Azure is one of the leading cloud platforms globally and organizations of all sizes are migrating their infrastructure to it. The credential proves your ability with designing and implementing scalable, reliable and secure Azure solutions for them. As a credential, it represents the trust that organizations can put in you, knowing you can take their business needs and actualize them in their Azure network.
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Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert (AZ-305) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
It costs $165 to take the AZ-305 and earn the Azure Solutions Architect Expert. The cert used to have two separate exams (AZ-303 and AZ-304), but Microsoft consolidated them, so you only need to pay for one exam. However, there is still a prerequisite certification, Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate – and its exam (AZ-104) costs $165 as well. So the total cost to earn the Azure Solutions Architect Expert is at least $330 before training and preparation costs.
While obviously the difficulty of the exam varies for each person, the Azure Solutions Architect Expert is considered an advanced-level certification and the AZ-305 exam requires a solid understanding of Azure services, architecture and design principles. Study and preparation will only get you so far, you'll also need experience working with large-scale business problems and converting them into Azure-based solutions, which is hard to read or study about.
Yes, the Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert expires one year from the date you earn it. One year is an uncommonly short lifespan for an IT certification, but in an effort to keep the skills of everyone who earns their associate, specialty and expert certifications up-to-date with evolving technology, Microsoft requires frequent renewals. Fortunately, if your Azure Solutions Architect Expert is active and will expire within six months, the renewal exam for it is free.
The test objectives for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert (AZ-305) cover a comprehensive set of abilities and expertise required to architect, build, and manage complex cloud solutions using Microsoft Azure services. The best way to study for the AZ-305 tends to be in virtual simulations and test environments. Inside those, you can experiment with Azure services, try out scalability solutions and test security configurations without endangering a real network.