I mentioned this on Twitter and LinkedIn recently, but thought it worth blogging about too.

This week I passed the Microsoft Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals! This qualifies me for the Azure Fundamentals certification.

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It’s been a long time between drinks. The last exam I took was way back in June 2015!

As preparation for this exam I took advantage of the free online training that Microsoft are currently hosting. There’s still three lots of training scheduled for February, and by participating in the training you get a voucher to take the exam for free!

This was also the first time I’ve chose the ‘online’ version of exams. Previously I’d gone in to an examination centre, so taking an exam in the convenience of my own home was a new experience. They are very strict about having a ‘clean’ (and quiet) workspace and you need to submit photos of your room, so may not suit everyone.

The actual exam experience is much the same as what I remember from the exam center, except that the proctor is monitoring you via your microphone and webcam, and you’re using your own computer (with familiar keyboard and mouse).

Even at home there’s still that tension building up right to the end to learn if you passed or not. I’m glad I did 🙂