Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Certification details

As a Microsoft Azure solutions architect, you have subject matter expertise in designing cloud and hybrid solutions that run on Azure, including:

  • Compute
  • Network
  • Storage
  • Monitoring
  • Security

Your responsibilities for this role include advising stakeholders and translating business requirements into designs for Azure solutions that align with the Azure Well-Architected Framework. In this role, you implement solutions on Azure by partnering with various other job roles, including:

  • Developers
  • Administrators
  • Security engineers
  • Data engineers

As a candidate for this certification, you should have advanced experience and knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platforms, and governance. You should manage how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition, you should have experience with:

  • Azure administration
  • Azure development
  • DevOps processes


The English language version of this certification was updated on August 7, 2023. Review the study guide linked on the Exam AZ-305 page for details about recent changes.

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Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Skills measured

  • Design identity, governance, and monitoring solutions
  • Design data storage solutions
  • Design business continuity solutions
  • Design infrastructure solutions

Job role: Solution Architect

Prerequisites: 1 certification

Required exams: AZ-305

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Certification prerequisites

To become a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, you must earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification.

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate

    As an Azure administrator, you should have subject matter expertise in implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Microsoft Azure environment, including virtual networks, storage, compute, identity, security, and governance.

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