Are you a Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator who evaluates, plans, migrates, deploys, and manages Microsoft 365 services? Do you perform Microsoft 365 tenant management tasks for an enterprise, including its identities, security, compliance, and supporting technologies? Do you have a working knowledge of Microsoft 365 workloads? Are you an administrator for at least one Microsoft 365 workload (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, or Windows as a Service)? Do you have a working knowledge of networking, server administration, and IT fundamentals, such as DNS, Active Directory, and PowerShell? If so, let me tell you about the new Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification!
To earn the new Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification, you must pass MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services and MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security exams, now in beta, and earn one of the upcoming workload certifications. We have announced the upcoming Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification (coming in December, 2018), and we plan to have certifications on more workloads in early 2019. You can probably guess which ones, given our certification history, so stay tuned to this blog where I'll announce them and the associated betas when they are available.
To get started on earning your Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert certification, take one or both of the MS-100 and MS-101 beta exams. After you have earned at least one of the upcoming workload certifications and have passed MS-100 and MS-101, you will become a Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert. Be one of the first, by taking these beta exams (if you pass, it counts as credit toward this certification)—and you can do so at an 80% discount.
To receive the 80% discount on MS-100,* when prompted for payment, use code MS100LibertyGenius (No, I don't pick these codes, but it doesn't make this any less true.)
To prepare for the exam, review the MS-100 prep guide and practice the skills listed. Consider taking one of the instructor-led courses in the Preparation options section on that page—these courses are aligned directly to the exam.
- MS-100T01: Office 365 Management
- MS-100T02: Microsoft 365 Tenant & Service Management
- MS-100T03: Microsoft 365 Identity Management
To receive the 80% discount on MS-101,* when prompted for payment, use code MS101AmazingPjM (Also true! We have some amazing project managers on our exam development team.)
To prepare for the exam, review the MS-101 prep guide and practice the skills listed. Consider taking one of the instructor-led courses in the Preparation options section—these courses are aligned directly to the exam:
- MS-101T01: Microsoft 365 Security Management
- MS-101T02: Microsoft 365 Compliance Management
- MS-101T03: Microsoft 365 Device Management
These are NOT private access codes. You can use these codes to register for the exam(s) by December 14, 2018, and you must take them on or before December 17, 2018.
Note that no transition exam is associated with this certification because the new role-based Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification is an expert-level certification. Previously, the related content was part of an associate-level certification.
*The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount! (Why beta exams are no longer free.) The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the exam(s) by December 14, 2018 and take them by December 17, 2018. Take the exam as soon as possible, so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions.
This is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam and More Tips About Beta Exams.
Remember, the number of beta seats is limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some countries where the beta code will not work (including Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China). You will not be able to take the beta exam in those countries.
Because these exams are in beta, you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.
This article was initially published on the Microsoft Learning Blog here.