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Microsoft certifications

Gain valuable skills to help you succeed in today’s cloud-driven economy with industry recognised certifications to develop the real-world skills that make you more employable.

There is a huge growth in digital and cloud related jobs as companies of all sizes embrace the digital revolution. At the same time, many companies are reporting a shortage of digital skills in the marketplace. 

Nottingham University Business School has recognised this trend, and in association with Microsoft is now able to offer a number of industry recognised certifications through the Microsoft Learn programme. This provides you with an industry-aligned curriculum and certifications to build your competencies and validate your skills in high-demand technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and analytics. You will gain valuable skills to help you succeed in today’s digital economy. 

Whatever the level of your technial ability these certifications are aimed at all Nottingham University Business School students. They will empower you for the jobs of tomorrow.


The Microsoft Azure digital platform is now used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies and is growing at around 120,000 customers per day. 



Microsoft certifications

Nottingham University Business School is offering its students the following Microsoft certifications alongside their degree programme:

Azure Fundamentals - AZ-900

Azure Fundamentals is designed for individuals looking to learn and demonstrate foundational-level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. 

With this learning path you will:

  • understand cloud concepts
  • learn core Azure services
  • understand security, privacy, compliance, and trust
  • explore Azure pricing and support
Azure Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fundamentals - AI-900

Artificial intelligence has been a revolutionary technology for the IT industry. The demand for AI-related job roles is increasing at an unbelievably fast rate, and the demand for Azure AI engineers is at an all-time high.

With this learning path you will:

  • understand machine learning
  • learn anomaly detection
  • understand computer vision
  • learn about natural language processing (NLP)
  • study conversational AI
  • understand responsible AI
  • explore responsible AI in practice
Power Platform Fundamentals - PL-900

Students can prove they understand the core capabilities of Power Platform – from business value and core product capabilities to building a simple Power Apps canvas app, connecting data sources, automating basic business processes with Power Automate, creating a Power BI dashboard, and creating powerful chatbots with Power Virtual Agents.

Students will take the PL-900 certification exam.

With this learning path you will:

  • learn the business value and product capabilities of Power Platform
  • create a simple Power App
  • connect data with Common Data Service
  • build a Power BI dashboard
  • automate a process with Microsoft Automate
Azure Data Fundamentals - DP-900

Azure Data Fundamentals can be used to prepare for other Azure role-based certifications like Azure Database Administrator Associate or Azure Data Engineer Associate, but it’s not a prerequisite for any of them.

Students will take the DP-900 certification exam. 

With this learning path, you will:

  • learn core data concepts
  • understand how to work with relational data on Azure
  • know how to work with non-relational data on Azure
  • understand an analytics workload on Azure 
Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals
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Dynamics 365 (CRM) Fundamentals

Gain familiarity with business operations, customer relationship management (CRM) and business IT and highlight those skills and knowledge with this Microsoft certification focusing on Customer Engagement with Dynamics 365. 

With this learning path you will develop an understanding of:

  • Dynamics 365 Marketing
  • Dynamics 365 Sales
  • Dynamics 365 Customer Service
  • Dynamics 365 Field Service
  • Project Operations
  • Dynamics 365 shared features
Dynamics 365 (ERP) Fundamentals - MB-920

This certification track provides a broad exposure to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) within Microsoft Dynamics 365. You will gain an understanding of how Finance and Operations apps fit within the overall Microsoft ecosystem. 

With this learning path you will develop an understanding of:

  • Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management
  • Dynamics Finance
  • Dynamics 365 Commerce
  • Dynamics 365 Human Resources
  • Dynamics 365 Project Operations
  • Dynamics 365 Shared Features



Affordable and supported certifications

Through our relationship with Microsoft, we are offering these certificatons and the first exam attempt free of charge to our students. You will engage directly with Microsoft Learn for all materials and for your certification exams. While most students will access these certifications online without additional support, we also provide a blended delivery model using a mix of academic and technology specialists to answer questions and to provide direction.  



With the ability to offer Microsoft certification courses, educators and institutions can empower students to bolster their technical skills. Access to these tools and trainings will prove beneficial as students develop future-ready skills to support their career aspirations.
Dan Ayoub, GM of Education for Microsoft



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