Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

EXAM AZ-303 AND EXAM AZ-304 WILL RETIRE ON MARCH 31, 2022. A new exam, Exam AZ-305, will be available in November 2021.

To earn this certification, complete the following requirements:Please refer to this blog post for more details on certification pathways.


The content of this certification was updated on September 24, 2021. Please download the skills measured documents on the Exam AZ-303 and Exam AZ-304 pages to see what changed.

Candidates for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification should have subject matter expertise in designing and implementing solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including aspects like compute, network, storage, and security. Candidates should have intermediate-level skills for administering Azure. Candidates should understand Azure development and DevOps processes.

Responsibilities for this role include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into secure, scalable, and reliable cloud solutions.

An Azure Solution Architect partners with cloud administrators, cloud DBAs, and clients to implement solutions.

A candidate for this certification should have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platform, budgeting, and governance–this role should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, this role should have expert-level skills in Azure administration and have experience with Azure development and DevOps processes.

Job role: Solution Architect

Required exams: AZ-303 AZ-304

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Certification details

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Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Skills measured

  • Implement and monitor an Azure infrastructure
  • Implement management and security solutions
  • Implement solutions for apps
  • Implement and manage data platforms
  • Design monitoring
  • Design identity and security
  • Design data storage
  • Design business continuity
  • Design infrastructure

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Two ways to prepare

Learning paths to gain the skills needed to become certified

Certification exams

  • AZ-303: Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

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    Retirement date:

    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: implement and monitor an Azure infrastructure; implement management and security solutions; implement solutions for apps; and implement and manage data platforms.

    Price based on the country in which the exam is proctored.

    for Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies

    All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

  • AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design

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    Retirement date:

    This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: design monitoring; design identity and security; design data storage; design business continuity; and design infrastructure.

    Price based on the country in which the exam is proctored.

    for Microsoft Azure Architect Design

    All objectives of the exam are covered in depth so you'll be ready for any question on the exam.

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** Complete this exam before the retirement date to ensure it is applied toward your certification. After the retirement date, please refer to the related certification for exam requirements.

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