Let’s know more about Intune SCCM Certifications or Exams. I get many questions about SCCM/Intune/WVD exams and certifications. I hope this post will be helpful in understanding the learning strategy from Microsoft for ConfigMgr, Intune, and AVD.
Microsoft certification and learning path are changed with the modern workplace solution and cloud adoption. I think this is a positive change for all IT professionals. These changes give IT Pros a clear idea about the career path they want to take.
I like the sentence that Microsoft shared as part of their certification program. You can earn certifications that show you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. Now, it’s time to select a job role to discover certification paths.
NOTE! – The certification is not based on Microsoft products (such as SCCM, Intune, etc..) rather it’s based on the Technical roles. Some examples of technical roles are given below. Update on Intune Certification and Exam MD-102: Endpoint Administrator details are given below.
Previously the certification paths were based on each Microsoft product like ConfigMgr, System Center, etc. With the new changes, the certification path is evolved to the next level. I like the way Microsoft revamped it based on job roles instead of unique technology.
The job role-based certification makes more sense in the cloud and ever-changing technology world. The technologies will evolve further and migrate to modern cloud-native solutions, but the job role will be the same for most IT professionals.
Microsoft learning strategy is changed from the product ( ConfigMgr/Intune/AVD) based exams to role (architect/desktop admin/help desk admin) based exams. So you won’t get any product-based exams anymore. A better starting point is explained in the List of Microsoft 365 Certification Exams and Cost Details.
- Intune Exam MD 102 Study Guide Starter Kit – Intune Certification
As you can see in the below screen capture, there is no specialty-related certification /exam in Microsoft 365 section. Even there is no specialty certification in the Dynamics 365 section as well.
Latest Microsoft 365 Exams Certifications MS-102 and MS-721
Video Microsoft 365 Exams MS-102 and MS-721 Guide – Administrator | Teams Dev and Security Certifications.
Types of Certifications
Microsoft revamped the learning path for IT Pros/System admins. Now, there are three (3) types of Microsoft certifications available in the Microsoft learning path.
- Fundamentals certifications
- Role-based certifications
- Additional certifications
Learning Path for Endpoint Manager & AVD
All the products like Microsoft Endpoint Manager (SCCM & Intune) and Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) come under Microsoft 365 umbrella. Hence if you want to take the certification on any technologies like SCCM/Intune/WVD, you need to start learning Microsoft 365 learning path.
Learn more at – microsoft.com/certifications
List of Intune and SCCM Intune Exams
The following is the list of exams available under Microsoft 365. I take the exams listed down related to modern desktop management for Intune and SCCM.
- (Retirement Planned by July 2023) MD-100 + MD-101 👉 Modern Desktop Administrator Associate (ConfigMgr / Intune Exam) – Planned to Retirement!
- New Intune Certification and Exam MD-102 – Endpoint Administrator
- MS-700 👉Teams Administrator Associate
- MS-203 👉 Messaging Administrator Associate
- MS-500 👉 Security Administrator Associate
- Retirement Announced (by July 2023) – MS-100 + MS-101 👉 Enterprise Administrator Expert (ConfigMgr / Intune Exam)
- Exam MS-102: Microsoft 365 Administrator
- MS-900 👉 Microsoft 365 Fundamentals
- MS-500 👉 Microsoft 365 Security Administrator Associate
NOTE! – New Exams – Exam MS-102: Microsoft 365 Administrator (beta available in May 2023), which will replace Exam MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services, and Exam MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security (both retiring in July 2023).
New Latest Intune Certification and Exam MD-102: Endpoint Administrator
Microsoft released the new and latest Intune certification and Exam details for the endpoint administrator job role. This covers mainly device management technologies such as Intune and SCCM. The Inutne Certification and Exam MD-102: Endpoint Administrator! Thanks to Andy for the tip.
NOTE! – As per Microsoft, this exam will be available in May 2023. This exam measures your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: deploy Windows client; manage identity and compliance; manage, maintain, and protect devices; and manage applications.
The following are the main segregation of expert areas New Intune Certification and Exam MD-102 is looking for:
- Manage, maintain, and protect devices (40–45%)
- Manage applications (10–15%)
- Deploy Windows client (25–30%)
- Manage identity and compliance (15–20%)
NOTE! – Certificate name changes from Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification to Microsoft 365 Certified: Endpoint Administrator Associate
The pricing of new Intune MD-102 certifications is given below.
|US – MD-102||UK MD-102||India MD-102|
|165 USD||113 GBP||4800 INR|
Let’s check out some additional tips for Microsoft learning and clearing exams. Microsoft changed the certification path or exam path. The exams related to technologies such as Intune, SCCM, SCOM, OpsMgr, and Azure are changed to profile-based. Microsoft Certification path changed for SCOM, Azure, SCCM, Intune, etc.
* Expert Certification
🔒 The certification has prerequisites
Intune Exam MD-102 Profile
Candidates for this exam have subject matter expertise in deploying, configuring, protecting, managing,
and monitoring devices and client applications in a Microsoft 365 environment. They manage identity,
security, access, policies, updates, and apps for endpoints.
They implement solutions for efficient deployment and management of endpoints on various operating systems, platforms, and device types. They implement and manage endpoints at scale by using Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, Windows Autopilot, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra.
Endpoint administrators collaborate with architects, Microsoft 365 administrators, security
administrators and other workload administrators to plan and implement a modern workplace strategy
that meets the business needs of an organization.
Candidates for this exam have experience with Azure AD and Microsoft 365 technologies including
Intune. They must have strong skills and experience in deploying, configuring, and maintaining
Windows client and non-Windows devices.
Exam MS-102: Microsoft 365 Administrator
Candidates for this exam are Microsoft 365 administrators who deploy and manage Microsoft 365. They perform Microsoft 365 tenant-level implementation and administration of cloud and hybrid environments.
NOTE! – Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification to Microsoft 365 Certified: Administrator Expert. Here, too, we’re consolidating two exams into one.
Microsoft 365 administrators function as the integrating hub for all Microsoft 365 workloads. They coordinate across multiple Microsoft 365 workloads. They work with architects and other administrators responsible for workloads, infrastructure, identity, security, compliance, endpoints, and applications.
Candidates for this exam have functional experience with all Microsoft 365 workloads and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), part of Microsoft Entra, and have administered at least one of these. They also have a working knowledge of networking, server administration, DNS, and PowerShell.
- Deploy and manage a Microsoft 365 tenant (25–30%)
- Implement and manage identity and access in Azure AD (25–30%)
- Manage security and threats by using Microsoft 365 Defender (25–30%)
- Manage compliance by using Microsoft Purview (15–20%)
- Microsoft Learning strategy Updated on Oct 2020 –https://query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com/cms/api/am/binary/RE2PjDI?
- List of Microsoft 365 Certification Exams and Cost Details
Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with over 17 years of experience (calculation done in 2018). He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…..…