Power Platform Architect Certification Path

When it comes to knowing how to achieve your goals, sometimes a clear path isn’t always visible. Often, we get asked questions about what courses to take, what exams are needed, and in what order. This is a simple guide to the Power Platform certification path. If your goal is to become a Power Platform Solution architect, then these are the options available to you.

PL-900: Power Platform Fundamentals (OPTIONAL)

While Power Platform Fundamentals isn’t a pre-requisite for the Power PLatform solution architect certification, it is often a good starting point to provide the high-level overview of each of the areas before you get too technical.

Where we have options, though, are at the Associate level, where one of the associate certifications is a pre-requisite for expert level certification. Your route will depend completely on where you see your career sitting or where your interests lie.

PL-200: Power Platform Functional Consultant (Route 1)

The Power Platform Functional Consultant certification focuses on how you can build solutions using all areas of the Power Platform. It focuses heavily on the use of Dataverse as a platform, but gives a lot of time and attention to Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI and Copilot Studio. The certification measures and assesses the soft skills as well as the deep technical, introducing other core concepts such as requirements gathering and application lifecycle management.

PL-400: Power Platform Developer (Route 2)

The Power Platform Developer course is one of the few courses that combines the low-code development skills from the Power Platform with the pro-code capabilities of writing your own components. This course is extremely popular with developers who work alongside Power Platform developers within an organisation, allowing dev teams to leverage all of their skills.

PL-600: Power Platform Solution Architect

Once you have completed either PL-200, or PL-400, you can take the Power Platform Solution Architect certification. For me, I see this as being an extension of the PL-200 course, as it takes the soft skills and builds upon them to be able to create Power Platform solutions using all of the services available. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that you can’t go down the developer route, but the Functional Consultant and Architect courses dovetail together much more effectively.

The course and the exam focus less on the deep technical doing element of projects and more on technical ownership. Some of the key topics covered are the security considerations, data strategy and how all of the moving parts work across all parts of the application lifecycle.

Summary

Funtamentally, here are you options. The route that you choose will depend completely on your interest as well as where you want to take your career. Ultimately, both will result you becoming a certified Power Platform Solution Architect.

Option 1 – Consultant Route

PL-200: Power Platform Functional Consultant
PL-600: Power Platform Solution Architect

Option 2 – Developer Route

PL-400: Power Platform Developer
PL-600: Power Platform Solution Architect

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to the technical course PL-100?

The PL-100 course is being retired on the 30th June 2024, and is being replaced with applied skills assessments instead. Each assessment has an associate 1-day course to give an introduction to Canvas Apps, Power Automate, and Model-Driven Apps with Dataverse.

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