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Cloud Skills Challenge

The May 24 - June 24 challenge has ended, but you can still enroll in these courses at any time here. Or, wait to enroll in our next challenge and be eligible to take the certification exams at no cost!



What is the Cloud Skills Challenge?

The Cloud Skills Challenge is a fun, competitive way to complete the interactive, learning paths and modules from Microsoft Learn’s online learning platform.


Microsoft and the Maricopa Community Colleges have partnered to bring you these free non-credit courses to help prepare you for Microsoft Fundamentals certifications through short step-by-step tutorials, browser-based interactive coding and scripting environments, and task-based achievements.


The Maricopa Community Colleges have IT Institutes across the Valley that exist to train the future IT workforce for excellence in emerging technologies.


Get Started!

With four certifications to choose from, you can take just one or challenge yourself to complete all four!


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Azure AI Badge Azure Data Badge


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Already registered for the challenge and looking for help studying for the exams?


Check back soon for additional cram session dates!
In the meantime, you can view the recordings from recent cram sessions here.



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Cloud Administrator

Salary: $72K

Responsible for developing, configuring and implementing, and managing the cloud infrastructure of an organization.



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Data Analyst

Salary: $62K

Responsible for using databases, data systems and visualization tools to collect and organize data to reach meaningful insights for a business.


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Data Analyst

Salary: $70K

Responsible for planning & conducting research experiments to analyze specific data and draw insights from the findings. 



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Azure Fundamentals will help you learn and demonstrate foundational-level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. If you have both non-technical and technical backgrounds, this course will validate your foundational-level knowledge of cloud services. Technical IT experience is not required; however, some general IT knowledge or experience would be beneficial. As part of this course, it is expected that you will take the AZ900 Certification Exam.


With this learning path, you will:
  •   Understand cloud concepts

     Learn core Azure services

     Understand security, privacy, compliance, and trust

  •  Explore Azure pricing and support


Self-paced Learning Path:


Cloci-10 hours



Artificial intelligence has been a revolutionary technology in 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. The Azure AI Fundamentals AI-900 certification requires you to have foundational knowledge of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) concepts and related Microsoft Azure services.


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


Self-paced Learning Path:


Clock-8 hours



You can prove you 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. You 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


Self-paced Learning Path:


Clock-7-5 hours



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. You 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


Self-paced Learning Path:


Clock-5-5 hours


• Learning challenge    • No subscription required     • Defined learning paths     • 800+ modules    • Self-guided training   

Custom gamification    • Weekly cram sessions    • Microsoft Teams community


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Self-paced, online, and FREE for

Maricopa Community Colleges students



Track progress through
a custom leaderboard

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Complete the Challenge and
 take the certification exam at no cost

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