Cloud Skills Challenge

Interested in taking your tech skills to the cloud? Join the Cloud Skills Challenge - compete against your peers & showcase your skills with a free, industry-recognized certification from Microsoft. The 30-day online challenge is open to anyone to participate. No previous experience in cloud computing is required.

See Available Challenges

WHAT IS A CLOUD COMPUTING CHALLENGE

  • Learning challenge
  • Defined learning paths
  • Self-guided training
  • Custom gamification
  • Cram sessions to help prepare students for certification

CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE

Choose which challenge - or challenges - you would like to compete and complete. All free! Build your employability skills and prepare for the exam to earn your Microsoft Fundamentals certification!

Build your employability skills and prepare for Microsoft Fundamentals certification!

Register Oct. 11 for Azure Fundamentals

Benefits:

  • Foundational understanding of core data concepts
  • Complete the challenge to prepare for Azure Fundamentals certification
  • Showcase industry-recognized credential on LinkedIn, unlock job postings
  • Access to Microsoft Learn which includes over 2000+ learning paths to continue your career-ready tech skills after the challenge

Build your employability skills and prepare for Microsoft Fundamentals certification!

Register Oct. 11 for Azure AI Fundamentals

Benefits:

  • Foundational understanding of core data concepts
  • Complete the challenge to prepare for AI Fundamentals certification
  • Showcase industry-recognized credential on LinkedIn, unlock job postings
  • Access to Microsoft Learn which includes over 2000+ learning paths to continue your career-ready tech skills after the challenge

Build your employability skills and prepare for Microsoft Fundamentals certification!

Register Oct. 11 for Azure Data Fundamentals

Benefits:

  • Foundational understanding of core data concepts
  • Complete the challenge to prepare for Data Fundamentals certification
  • Showcase industry-recognized credential on LinkedIn, unlock job postings
  • Access to Microsoft Learn which includes over 2000+ learning paths to continue your career-ready tech skills after the challenge

Build your employability skills and prepare for Microsoft Fundamentals certification!

Register Oct. 11 for Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals

Benefits:

  • Foundational understanding of security, compliance, and identity concepts
  • Complete the challenge to prepare for Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals certification
  • Showcase industry-recognized credential on LinkedIn, unlock job postings
  • Access to Microsoft Learn which includes over 2000+ learning paths to continue your career-ready tech skills after the challenge

REGISTER STARTING OCT. 11

  1. Register Oct. 11 for as many challenges - for free!
  2. Complete the learning path for your challenge(s)
  3. Schedule the certification exam, in-person or online via MDC.
    • Once you complete any of the challenges, fill out the Questions Form below to receive the instructions to take the exam. Include your top 3 choices for your preferred days and times during the week and the modality (in-person or online). If in-person, specify the MDC Campus of your preference.
  4. Take the certification exam

RESOURCES

Microsoft Virtual Training Days
Free, in-depth, virtual training events providing the opportunity to grow your technical skills in a range of technical topics for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Security.

Exam Cram Sessions
Recordings available to help students prepare for the Microsoft Fundamental certifications.


QUESTIONS? LET US HELP!

See frequently asked questions below, or send us your question and we'll point you in the right direction.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Microsoft Learn is a place to learn, discover new skills, find certifications, and complete interactive, hands-on learning paths to advance one’s career.

Cloud Skills Challenges are hosted on the Microsoft Learn platform.

To start a challenge, register by clicking the "Begin now" button on the Challenge page that will be provided by Microsoft. You'll be asked to log in to your Microsoft Learn account and will be added to the challenge.

If you don’t have a Microsoft Learn account, that is okay. You can create a free account by selecting “Create account” from the login screen when joining the challenge.

To complete a challenge, you'll need to finish the designated collection of Learn content before the challenge end date (within 30 days of signing up for the challenge).

In the 'where you stand' section you will see a fraction that equals 100% (i.e., 8/8 or 5/5 or 12/12).

The challenge page and 'where you stand' section take up to a few hours to refresh. Please wait a few hours and check again.

You can find all the challenges you've previously participated in, or are currently participating in, on the challenge tab in your Learn account profile.

Update and save your “Email for notifications” in your Learn account profile.

For all issues with Microsoft Learn content please review the Learn troubleshooting page.

Once you complete a challenge, fill out the form for Questions above. Include your top 3 choices for your preferred days and times during the week and the modality (in-person or online).