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We’re excited to announce that the Microsoft Azure Connected Learning Experience (CLX) program now has three new Data and AI tracks designed for data professionals.

Personalized, self-paced, and culminating in a certificate of completion, these courses help you boost your data and AI skills your way—allowing you to maximize your learning in minimal time.

New coursesWho should attend?Course content
AI-102: Designing and implementing a Microsoft Azure AI SolutionAzure AI Engineer, AI Developer, AI SpecialistThis course boosts your understanding of building, managing, and deploying AI solutions that leverage Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Applied AI services. It’s designed for learners who are experienced in all phases of AI solutions development.
DP-300: Administering Microsoft Azure SQL SolutionsDatabase Management Specialists, Database AdministratorsIn this course, you’ll learn to build and manage cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions based on SQL Server and SQL database services. The track is designed for Database Administrators who are familiar with database design and management for on-premises and cloud databases developed using SQL Server and SQL database services.
DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DBAzure Cosmos DB Developer, Database Developer, Data Developer SpecialistThis track covers the design and implementation of data models, data distribution, data loading, and integration within Azure Cosmos DB and various Azure services. It’s designed for learners with expertise in designing, implementing, and monitoring of cloud-native applications that store and manage data.

What is the CLX program?

CLX is a four-step learning program that helps aspiring learners and IT professionals build skills on the latest topics in cloud services by providing learners with a mix of self-paced, interactive labs and virtual sessions led by Microsoft tech experts. CLX enables learners to minimize their time invested while maximizing their learning through its unique design, which includes four steps:

  • A knowledge assessment test
  • A Microsoft Learn study materials review
  • A virtual cram session
  • A practice test

At the start of the program, you’ll take a 20-question Knowledge Assessment to test your skills. Based on your results, you’ll receive customized course content that fits your experience—so you can focus only on the information that’s useful for you. If you’re a cloud computing pro, for example, you won’t need to study topics on the fundamentals of cloud computing, even if they’re a part of the course.

You’ll then dive into learning modules and hands-on, interactive online labs that mirror what you’ll experience in the professional world—helping you learn efficiently and effectively. The interactive labs are available on-demand and can be used as many times as needed.

What happens next?

After finishing the interactive labs, you can choose to attend a virtual cram session led by Microsoft-certified trainers that dives deeply into the course syllabus. You can use these sessions to ask any follow-up questions from the course content and get real-time help from Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs). To make sure you get the skills you need wherever you’re located, the two-to-four-hour sessions are held regularly in three time zones—Australian Easter Daylight Time (AEST), Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

As the final step, you can choose to take an 80-question practice test that takes approximately two hours and mimics the final Microsoft Azure Certification Exam, ensuring you’re well-prepared to pass with ease.

Once you’ve finished your practice test, you’ll receive your certificate of completion and a 50 percent discount off the cost of the Microsoft Azure Certification Exam—and you’ll walk away with the skills to excel in the world of data and AI.

How do I get started with CLX?

To learn more and to register for CLX, visit the Microsoft Cloud Events Portal or check out our Microsoft Azure CLX introductory video.

You can also explore our suite of six additional CLX program courses that are designed to quickly strengthen the Azure skills of IT professionals and beyond.

These courses—which you can read more about in our previous blog here—will help you exceed your Azure learning goals and equip you with the skills to advance your career, now and beyond.

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