Yes, you are correct! From this blog title, you could come up a question in your mind.
“What happen to AZ-303/AZ-304?”
Well, I have to tell you about this news. Exam AZ-303 and AZ-304 will retire on March 31, 2022. A new exam AZ-305 will be available.
To earn this Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert, you will need to complete the following requirements:
- Earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification and pass Exam AZ-305; Or
- Pass Exam AZ-303 and Exam AZ-304 (before they retire on March 31, 2022); Or
- Pass Exam AZ-303 (before it retires on March 31, 2022) and Exam AZ-305.
Please refer to this blog post for more details on certification pathways.
From the MCT Town Hall Dec 2021. They told us the reason on this change.
- Based on feedback from MCT, Microsoft internal trainer, and community. Microsoft have focused the course to be on design
- Case study, whiteboard, and discussion-based activities rather than hands on labs
- Lecture concentrates on architecture best practices, decision trees, recommendations and customer scenarios
Many people around the world, they reported that the design course on Azure Architecture Design should be focus on design rather than on implementation. And the implementation skill test should be already tested when you take exams on Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate certification.