Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge

30 Days to Learn It

How do you plan on thriving in your field? Complete a challenge within 30 days and take the next step in becoming a subject matter expert.

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Master the most in-demand skills and advance your career

30 Days to Learn It can help you build skills and start your preparation for Microsoft Certifications for AI, DevOps, Microsoft 365, low code, IoT, data science, cloud development, and more. Select your challenge below, work through learning modules, and exchange ideas with peers through a global community forum.

Trained and certified teams saw a 20% increase in productivity.

Trained and certified teams responsible for core IT activities are generally 20% more productive than uncertified staff.1

Certified professionals reported a 58% increase in career progression opportunities.

More than half of certified professionals reported that Azure certifications have helped them improve their career progression opportunities.2

Almost half of certified professionals increased their salary.

In one survey, almost half of the professionals who earned Azure certifications ended up increasing their salary.2

1Source: IDC White Paper, sponsored by Microsoft, Benefits of Role-Based Certifications (June 2020) 2Source: Nigel Frank Microsoft Azure Salary Survey (June 2020)

Achieve your career goals

You can be eligible for 50 percent off the cost of a Microsoft Certification exam by completing your challenge within 30 days. See Terms and Conditions for eligibility details.

Azure AI Fundamentals

Get a solid foundation in machine learning and AI concepts including computer vision, natural language processing, and conversational AI. This learning journey is designed for participants with both technical and nontechnical backgrounds.

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Azure Solutions Architect

Discover how to use Azure Infrastructure to improve your applications and become an Azure Solution Architect. Advise stakeholders and translate business requirements into cloud solutions.

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Microsoft 365 Developer

Design, build, test, and maintain apps and solutions with Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Identity, and Microsoft Graph. Customize solutions to increase productivity and collaboration.

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Azure IoT Developer

Implement and maintain the cloud and edge components of an IoT solution. Learn how to connect devices, move workloads to the edge, and build scalable, enterprise-grade, secured IoT solutions on Azure to increase performance, reduce costs, and optimize operations.

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Azure Developer

Participate in all phases of cloud development to create end-to-end solutions. Design, build, test, and maintain cloud applications using compute, storage, management, and security services on Azure.

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Java on Azure Developer

Start developing modern Java applications in the cloud with managed compute, databases, and DevOps services. This learning journey is designed for participants with familiarity developing and running Java applications and beginner-level experience with cloud infrastructure.

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Power Platform App Maker

Build solutions including apps, AI, and reporting with low code and configuration. Simplify, automate, and transform tasks and processes using the Microsoft Power Platform.

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DevOps Engineer

Design and implement DevOps processes and practices. Develop an instrumentation strategy with logging, telemetry, and monitoring. Manage source control with GitHub to foster collaboration and automate build and deployment processes.

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Azure Data Scientist

Design and implement a data science solution on Azure. Learn how to build machine learning models, no-code predictive models, and ML solutions, and run data science workloads in the cloud.

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Azure Synapse Analytics

Take your data analytics skills to the next level with Azure Synapse Analytics. Learn how to integrate, transform, and consolidate data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions.

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Be prepared and stay motivated

After you choose a challenge, you’ll receive a welcome email with all the information you need to get started. You can manage your progress through the challenge page and exchange ideas with peers through a global community forum.

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Sharpen your technical skills

30 Days to Learn It can help you build the technical skills you need to advance your career with free self-paced, interactive learning modules that can increase your productivity and efficiency.

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You can be eligible for 50 percent off Microsoft Certification exams

Complete your challenge within 30 days to be eligible for 50 percent off the cost of a Microsoft Certification exam. Terms and Conditions apply.

Frequently asked questions

How do I start a challenge?

To start this challenge, register by clicking the "Begin now" button. 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.


How do I complete 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).


How can I tell if I’ve completed 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).


What if my module completions aren't showing up?

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


How do I find all of my challenges?

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.


How can I make sure I receive Cloud Skills Challenge emails?

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


What should I do if I’m having trouble completing a module?

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


When will I receive my discounted certification exam code?

Discounted certification exam codes will be delivered by email within 3 days of completing all modules within a challenge. You will need to have an “Email for notifications” saved in your Microsoft Learn profile prior to completing the challenge to receive this email.


I completed more than one challenge, but only received one discounted certification exam code.

Each person is only eligible to receive one (1) discounted certification exam code every six months. If you complete an additional challenge more than six months after receiving your first code, you will be eligible for another code at that time.