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Recommended Azure Synapse Analytics certifications

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In this post I want to share some recommended Azure Synapse Analytics certifications. For those who are keen to gain certifications about it or just want to learn more about the service.

In a previous post I provided some advice if Microsoft certifications are your New Years resolution. Since I covered Azure Databricks certifications in my last post I thought I better cover certifications for Azure Synapse Analytics.

In reality I will focusing mostly on the below two certifications in this post. Along with mentioning some training routes and sharing plenty of links.

Recommended Azure Synapse Analytics certifications
Two Azure Synapse Analytics certifications

However, I do want to point out something very important first. Which I mentioned before in my post about passing the DP-500 exam.

Before looking to gain either of the above certifications I recommend at the very least studying the material for the DP-900 exam first. Which is the exam you need to pass to gain the Azure Data Fundamentals certification.

Azure Data Fundamentals certification
Azure Data Fundamentals certification

This will give basic understanding of Azure Synapse Analytics. Plus, an appreciation of other services that it can connect with.

Azure Data Engineer Associate certification

In my last post about Azure Databricks certifications I covered the DP-203 exam. Which is the exam that you need to pass in order to gain the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification.

However, if you read the skills measured in DP-203 study guide you can see that you also need a lot of Azure Synapse Analytics knowledge for the exam.

This is due to the fact that this exam focuses on a broad spectrum of Azure Data Engineering services. Some of which are shown in various solution ideas from Microsoft online. For example, the solution ideas provided by Microsoft for Advanced Analytics and Data Management with Azure Purview.

Personally, I recommend going through the recommended Microsoft Learn material towards the bottom of the DP-203 exam page if you are keen on Azure Synapse Analytics. Even if you are not thinking about taking the exam. Because it covers a lot of ground.

Finally, be aware that the skills measured for this exam are due to be updated on February 6, 2023.

Azure Enterprise Data Analyst certification

I covered my route to passing the DP-500 exam in a previous post. Which is the exam you need to pass to gain the Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate certification.

Exam path I took for DP-500 exam to gain an Azure Synapse Analytics certification
Exam path I took for DP-500 exam

How does this exam differ from the DP-203 exam required for the Azure Data Engineer Associate certification?

Well for a start, the DP-203 exam focuses on a broad range of services. Whereas if you read the DP-500 study guide you can see that it focuses mostly on Microsoft Purview, Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI.

Microsoft created this exam in order to focus on visualization, analytics and governance. You can read more about why it was introduced in the Microsoft post ‘Coming soon: The new Azure Enterprise Data Analyst Associate certification‘.

Personally, I like this exam because it gives that extra bit of attention to detail with these three services. You can read my recommended exam path to gaining this certification in my post about passing the DP-500 exam.

With his in mind, if you are looking to do both of the above exams I recommend that you do the DP-203 exam first. Ideally using the below exam path.

Recommended exam route for both DP-203 and DP-500 exams to gain both Azure Synapse Analytics certifications
Recommended exam route for both DP-203 and DP-500 exams

Be aware that the skills measured for the DP-500 exam are also changing on February 6, 2023.

Other Azure Synapse Analytics exam advice

In reality, an instructor led training course can be great with the right teacher. Because you get provided with the relevant material and can ask them questions during the course.

In addition to the official Microsoft courses there are some custom ones available. For example, Nikola Ilic provides a customized training course about mastering the DP-500 exam. Applications for February are apparently still open.

I do have another piece of advice for those of you who want to learn more about working with Spark inside Azure Synapse Analytics. It highlights another crossover with my previous Azure Databricks post that some do not realize.

In my previous post I mentioned about the Databricks Academy. Which you can log into if you are a Databricks customer, Databricks partner or you are a Microsoft employee.

Going through some of the material on there can improve your knowledge about working with Spark in Azure Synapse Analytics. For example, material about working with Delta Lakes. So, it is worth checking if you can get access to it.

For more general Microsoft certification advice read my post that covers advice if Microsoft certifications are your New Years resolution.

Final words about recommended Azure Synapse Analytics certifications

I hope my recommended Azure Synapse Analytics certifications has helped make things clear for some of you. Especially since some of you have new certifications in mind as part of your New Year resolutions.

Plus, given you insights to some of the additional training material available.

Of course, if you have any comments or queries about this post feel free to reach out to me.

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