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Microsoft releases a new certification for Microsoft Teams Administrators

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Microsoft Ignite started today, November 4th, and we didn’t only get announcements on technology, but also on certifications! And as you know, it’s a topic that I write quite a lot about on this blog! One of the certifications announced today is the MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams to work towards the Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate certification! Finally something for dedicated Microsoft Teams Administrators

Microsoft releases a new certification for Microsoft Teams Administrators

Why a new certification?

While this is not official, and just my opinion based on a lot of conversation with readers from this blog and the community, I think Microsoft wanted a certification for Administrators that only manage Office 365, without touching on-premises. The Microsoft Certified Teamwork Associate (MS-300 + MS-301) requires an admin to also master SharePoint 2019 On-Premises / hybrid in order to get the title, and a lot of people complained that their organization is now fully Office 365, and they simply aren’t working with on-premises anymore! This is also a certification for the Skype for Business admins turned Teams Administrators and covers a lot of topics not covered in the MS-300 such as upgrading from Skype for Business, network planning and more!

What is covered in this certification?

At a first glance, the topics covered in the MS-700 seem pretty straightforward, and with only three topics, it might look quite easy, however remember that with MS Certification exams, the less top level objectives, the more you have to study and the devil is in the details!

  • Plan and Configure a Microsoft Teams Environment (45-50%)
  • Manage Chat, Calling, and Meetings (30-35%)
  • Manage Teams and App Policies (20-25%)

While there is some overlap with the content covered in the MS-300 exam, here are some of the topics that really set the MS-700 apart directly from the exam introduction!

The Teams Administrator must be able to plan, deploy, and manage Teams chat, apps, channels, meetings, audio conferencing, live events, and calling. The Teams Administrator is also responsible for upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams.

The Teams Administrator collaborates with Telephony engineers to integrate advanced voice features into Microsoft Teams. This role is not responsible for configuring direct routing, configuring call routing, or integrating telephony. The Teams Administrator may work with other workload administrator roles, including security and compliance, messaging, networking, identity, and devices.

A SharePoint Admin, now turned also Teams admin that has never managed Skype for Business or Voice and network testing might find this exam a lot more difficult and outside of their daily tasks versus a Skype for Business admin, now turned Teams Admin! So, while there is an overlap, I think I really see this certification more for Skype for Business admins now doing Teams, or Unified Communications admins in general!

Certification Path

The Certification path for this exam is easy, pass the MS-700 and you become a Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate!

Microsoft releases a new certification for Microsoft Teams Administrators

When can we take it?

The Beta for the MS-700 opens today on November 4th, and you can pass it today as a beta exam, but you will not get the results until the beta is over. Remember, you can also get free exams by attending Microsoft Ignite, or Microsoft Ignite the Tour! Check out my blog post on this to learn more!

More Info and Discount Code!

Learn more about the exam on the Microsoft Learning page or by clicking the picture below! Use code MS700Farmington to save 80% of the beta if you take the exam before December 15! (Limit 300 codes used!)

Microsoft releases a new certification for Microsoft Teams Administrators

Will you go for the exam? Let me know what you think about it, and the topics covered in the comments!

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16 Comments

  • November 4, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    Troy Taylor

    Is the promo code restricted to Ignite attendees-only? Went to schedule and there’s no place to input the code without linking to an attendee account.

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    • November 4, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      On the “Exam Discount” page just go to Pearson Vue (last option). The code is entered on the laaaast page (after test center, time, agree to policies, etc) you have a place to enter the promo/voucher and that’s where you put it!

      Reply
  • November 5, 2019 at 5:43 pm
    Gary Caban

    The code is only good until Dec 15th..

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  • November 6, 2019 at 6:21 am
    Richard Calderon

    Thanks Vlad for sharing!

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  • November 6, 2019 at 9:42 pm
    AT

    Do you know when the beta is over? I took the exam today, but I’m not sure if I passed or not, what should I do?

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    • November 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Should be around December 15th. That’s how Beta work, you will get your score max 10 days after official release date, so I would say latest in January 2020!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for the article Vlad, I used the code and managed to book the exam for the beginning of December!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Christopher Robertson

    Thanks for this, I’ve registered for the exam will update you once completed

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm
    Sergio

    Hi, where can i find self study material to prepare the exam?.

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    • November 8, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Hello, the exam is still in Beta! There isn’t much material out there, it literally came out 4 days ago! I will work on stuff after objectives are final and exam is out of beta 🙂

      Reply
  • November 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    Louis

    Got this message:

    This discount is no longer available because it has a use limit, and the use limit has been met.

    Reply
  • November 25, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Cliff Fernandes

    Hi Vlad,
    Looking forward to your study guide on the MS-700. In addition, are there any further Microsoft press books you know that will be published soon?

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    • November 28, 2019 at 11:19 pm

      I have no idea unfortunately, I am not able to find anyone plugged in with the MS-Press gang to let me know :(. I am surprised no MS-300/301 content either, but , no idea so far unforuntately!

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