Ever since my Pluralsight course on Microsoft Flow, I have been getting questions about a more power-user Microsoft Certification for the Power Platform, without needing to know the ins and outs of Dynamics! Previously, the only way you could get certified in Flow and PowerApps was trough the Dynamics Certifications, but today, Microsoft finally released a fundamentals certification for the Power Platform, which covers Flow, PowerApps, and Power BI! The new exam is the PL-900: Microsoft Power Platform Fundamentals!
Why a new certification?
From an organizational point of view, the Power Platform has always been under the Dynamics 365 umbrella, and so have been all of the certifications. Flow and PowerApps were both included under various Dynamics 365 exams, but they were there as “supporting” technologies, not really there as the goal of the exam. The goals of those certs were really on Dynamics 365. With Flow and PowerApps becoming stand alone tools, as well as heavily used for SharePoint, a lot of Power users (see what I did there 🙂 ?) wanted to be able to show off their skills with the Power Platform. While this is fundamentals level certification, it’s still a start and allows anyone to certify their knowledge of Flow, Power BI and PowerApps!
What is covered in this certification?
This certification really covers the basics of the Power Platform in an Understand and Demonstrate Business Value kind of testing. First two really focus on the business value / core components, while the last three are product specific. You are still expected to know how to create a PowerApps, Flow, Report etc!
- Understand the business value of Power Platform (20-25%)
- Understand the Core Components of Power Platform (25-30%)
- Demonstrate the business value of Power BI (15-20%)
- Demonstrate the business value of Power Apps (15-20%)
- Demonstrate the business value of Microsoft Flow (15-20%)
To view all of the details check out the full skills checked document > https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE43KLw
The Certification path for this fundamentals certification is pretty easy! Pass the PL-900 exam and you will become Microsoft Certified Power Platform Fundamentals!
When can we take it?
The Beta for the PL-900 actually opens today on November 4th, and you can pass it today as a beta exam, but you will not get the results until the beta is over. Remember, you can also get free exams by attending Microsoft Ignite, or Microsoft Ignite the Tour! Check out my blog post on this to learn more!
Learn More and Discount Code!
Learn more about the exam on the Microsoft Learning page or by clicking the image below! You can also save 80% of the beta with Discount code PL-900-Hawaii if you do the exam before December 13th! (Limit 300 codes used!)
Will you go for the exam? Let me know what you think about it, and the topics covered in the comments!
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