Gaining a Microsoft Power Platform certification can give you an edge. With industry-recognised skills and credentials that will help you advance your career and empower your team to create more solutions and accelerate your business. From fundamentals to role-based and specialty, there's a certification for every level of expertise.
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Microsoft Power Platform Courses
A skilling launchpad for business growth
Boost performance with Microsoft Power Platform certification courses.
Whatever the industry or sector, Microsoft Power Platform is a trusted and powerful tool for all kinds of business. Microsoft Power Platform provides a rock-solid foundation for end-to-end business data analysis, automated processes, and app development for websites and virtual agents.
Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study to examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realise by deploying Power Platform and to evaluate the potential financial impact of Power Platform on their organisations. The results reinforce the value that makes both the solution so popular.
50%-70% reduction in costs for citizen developer projects completed using low code/no code tools
1% increase in revenues by Year 3 result from Microsoft Power Platform initiatives
Up to 5% increase in efficiency among users of solutions built with Microsoft Power Platform
48% reduction in application development costs
502% ROI over three years
So how do you become an expert in Microsoft Power Platform? Adapting the technology is one thing. But mastering it and utilising its capabilities for business growth is another.
To become a Power Platform expert, begin with the basics in Power Platform Fundamentals, then earn an associate certification (either Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate or Power Platform Developer Associate), before culminating in Power Platform Solution Architect Expert certification.
You can achieve these certifications, you need to attend Power Platform training courses, apply what you know to hands-on labs and to day to day tasks at work, and pass the exams.
Certification and skilling: Expanding on proven value
Cloud, wireless, hybrid work, advances in data management, and security all demand the skills to make faster and more agile use of data. By adding continued training and certification to the established value of your Microsoft tools, you gain substantial advantages for both the individual employee and the organisation.
A 2020 study by IDC found that developing and applying a growth mindset to training and certification is extremely important to long-term career resilience and organisational return on technology. And it starts with belief in skilling. Of those who have earned certifications, 91% believe that the effort they put into acquiring new skills strongly contributes to their success, not just the skills themselves. With that belief, determination pays off.
Even beyond Power Platform certifications, the benefits of accreditation have been quantified. A study by Pearson View found that once a certification candidate sets out a career goal that involves certification, they are also more likely to achieve promotions, pay raises, and new roles. A majority of candidates (70%) successfully fulfilled these primary goals. Once certified, 28% of employees receive a salary or wage increase. Of those earning a raise, 50% of candidates receive a pay increase of 6% to 20%. And it happens fast: 55% of those getting raises after certifications get them within three months.
When individuals within an organisation pursue certifications, the group benefits too. According to Global Knowledge’s 2022 IT Skills and Salary Report, 22% of IT managers reported that the added value from each credentialled staff member amounts to $32,000 per year.
IDC found that IT professionals who have achieved a relevant role-based technical certification perform on average 26% better than their uncertified colleagues with the same responsibilities. The same study reveals that trained and certified teams responsible for core IT activities are generally 20% more productive than uncertified staff.
The Power Platform Certification Path
Map the routes to career advancement. Use this guide to the progression of Power Platform Training courses as you advance.
A Power Platform certification is typically valid for 12 months. And when it comes to the level of difficulty, one of its benefits is that it doesn't require much coding knowledge. The tools are low-code, and your training will focus on maximising the features for different business functions.
Start with the fundamentals:
Power Platform Fundamentals
Understand how Microsoft Power Platform technologies can be used to improve processes and help drive business outcomes. This is intended for candidates seeking to start their journey building solutions with Microsoft Power Platform.
Advance based on your role:
Power Platform App Maker Associate
The candidate for this envisions and creates business solutions to simplify and automate tasks and processes for themselves and their team. They understand the data they are working with, the issues they need to resolve, and the required processes and app experiences. The candidate may not have formal IT training but is comfortable using technology to solve business problems.
Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate
Candidates perform discovery, capture requirements, engage subject matter experts and stakeholders, and configure Microsoft Power Platform solutions and apps. They create application enhancements, tailored user experiences, process automation, and reporting.
Power Bl Data Analyst Associate
Candidates deliver actionable insights by working with available data and applying domain expertise. They provide meaningful business value through easy-to-comprehend data visualisations, enable others to perform self-service analytics, and deploy and configure solutions for consumption.
Power Platform Developer Associate
Candidates for this design, develop, test, secure and troubleshoot Microsoft Power Platform solutions. Candidates implement components of a solution that include application enhancements, custom user experiences, system integrations, data conversions and custom process automation.
Power Automate RPA Developer Associate
Candidates automate time-consuming and repetitive tasks by using Microsoft Power Automate. They review solution requirements, create process documentation, and design, develop, troubleshoot, and evaluate solutions. They work with business stakeholders to improve and automate business workflows.
Power Platform Solution Architect Expert
Candidates are solution architects who lead successful implementations and focus on how solutions address organisations' broader business and technical needs. This role requires the ability to identify opportunities to solve business problems.
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