Responsibilities for this role include participating in all phases of cloud development from requirements, definition, and design; to development, deployment, and maintenance; to performance tuning and monitoring.

Azure developers’ partner with cloud solution architects, cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement solutions


Candidates for the Azure Developer Associate certification should have subject matter expertise in designing, building, testing, and maintaining cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure.

A candidate for this certification should have 1-2 years of professional development experience and experience with Microsoft Azure.

In addition, the candidate for this role should have the ability to program in a language supported by Azure and proficiency in Azure SDKs, Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.



1. Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)

Implement IaaS solutions

  • provision virtual machines (VMs)
  • configure, validate, and deploy ARM templates
  • configure container images for solutions
  • publish an image to the Azure Container Registry
  • run containers by using Azure Container Instance

Create Azure App Service Web Apps

  • create an Azure App Service Web App
  • enable diagnostics logging
  • deploy code to a web app
  • configure web app settings including SSL, API settings, and connection strings
  • implement autoscaling rules including scheduled autoscaling and autoscaling by operational or system metrics

Implement Azure functions

  • create and deploy Azure Functions apps
  • implement input and output bindings for a function
  • implement function triggers by using data operations, timers, and webhooks
  • implement Azure Durable Functions
  • implement custom handlers

2. Develop for Azure Storage (15 – 20%)

Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage

  • select the appropriate API and SDK for a solution
  • implement partitioning schemes and partition keys
  • perform operations on data and Cosmos DB containers
  • set the appropriate consistency level for operations
  • manage change feed notifications

Develop solutions that use blob storage

  • move items in Blob storage between storage accounts or containers
  • set and retrieve properties and metadata
  • perform operations on data by using the appropriate SDK
  • implement storage policies, and data archiving and retention

3. Implement Azure Security (20 – 25%)

Implement user authentication and authorization

  • authenticate and authorize users by using the Microsoft Identity platform
  • authenticate and authorize users and apps by using Azure Active Directory
  • create and implement shared access signatures

Implement secure cloud solutions

  • secure app configuration data by using App Configuration Azure Key Vault
  • develop code that uses keys, secrets, and certificates stored in Azure Key Vault
  • implement Managed Identities for Azure resources
  • implement solutions that interact with Microsoft Graph

4. Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (15 – 20%)

Integrate caching and content delivery within solutions

  • configure cache and expiration policies for Azure Redis Cache
  • implement secure and optimized application cache patterns including data sizing, connections, encryption, and expiration

Instrument solutions to support monitoring and logging

  • configure an app or service to use Application Insights
  • analyze and troubleshoot solutions by using Azure Monitor
  • implement Application Insights web tests and alerts

5. Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (15- 20%)

Implement API Management

  • create an APIM instance
  • configure authentication for APIs
  • define policies for APIs

Develop event-based solutions

  • implement solutions that use Azure Event Grid
  • implement solutions that use Azure Event Hubs

Develop message-based solutions

  • implement solutions that use Azure Service Bus
  • implement solutions that use Azure Queue Storage queues