If you’re looking to start a new career in IT or just want to increase your skills, Microsoft wants to help you do it for free. Right now, the Windows maker is offering some certification exams for free when you complete one of the company’s Microsoft Build Cloud Skills challenges. There are a total of eight challenges to choose from with one of 11 Microsoft certification exams as a free reward. The promotional event opened on May 24, the first day of the Build 2022 conference. You have until June 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM UTC to complete a challenge and claim your reward. No matter how many challenges you complete, Microsoft only offers one free certification exam per person.
If you’re unfamiliar, Microsoft certifications are part of the company’s curriculum to ensure IT professionals have the skills required to maintain various products in enterprise environments. Certification exams typically cost around $165. To get your free credit, you must start by choosing one of the challenges from the Cloud Skills Challenge page. These challenges include Azure Developer, Azure Cosmos DB Developer, Data and AI: Who Hacked?, and more. After choosing the challenge you want to complete, sign up for Microsoft Learn using your Microsoft account and get started.
Once you’re done, Microsoft will contact you via email with details about redeeming your free certification. These free credits have an expiration date because you must pass your exam by December 31, 2022. Microsoft says there are 11 different exams you can take with your free credit, including AI-102: Design and Layout. Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution, PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker, AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure, and more.
If you want to develop your skills and save some money in the process, today is a good day to start.
[Today’s deal: Free Microsoft Certification Exam for completing Microsoft Build Cloud Skills Challenge.]