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Free Microsoft Certification and Discounts – March 2021


Previously, I have been doing a different blog post for every single offer Microsoft did regarding certification exams. As there are more and more opportunities to get discounted certifications, I will now just have a single blog post per month that highlights all the different options in an easier to consume blog post! If you want to save $$$ on Microsoft Certifications, you are at the right spot!

Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge – Free Voucher

The Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills challenge is a limited time challenge in which you can get a free certification. The challenge starts at March 2, 2021 at 4:00 PM UTC and ends on March 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM UTC. Similar to previous Ignite Cloud Skills Challenges, you need to finish a Microsoft Learn Path in order to get the exam voucher for free, however, this time Microsoft really shrunk down the list of available exams. This exam offer is exam-specific and only redeemable for select Microsoft exams. Eligible exams are:

  • AZ-104: Microsoft Azure Administrator
  • DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure
  • MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams
  • MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services
  • MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security
  • DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI
  • SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
  • SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator
  • SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator


Microsoft Virtual Training Days – Free Voucher & Training

Microsoft Virtual Training Days don’t only give you a free certification voucher – they also give you free training . This opportunity is really centered around Fundamentals exams, mainly the AZ-900 / AI-900/ DP-900 / PL-900 / Dynamics 365! They keep adding new dates so make sure you check often!


[US Only] Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge – Free Voucher

Yes, this is confusing from a naming perspective versus the one before, but it is a different one! This article was posted on the US Partner Team blog and is only available to residents of the United States.

  • Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Scientist Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate
  • Building applications and solutions with Microsoft 365 Core Services
  • Microsoft 365 Security Administration
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance


[Canada Only] Data & AI Academy – Free Voucher & Training

This one is for Canada only – so as a Canadian I have to say Sorry to everyone else. Here’s the description: Now there’s a more rewarding approach to hands-on learning that helps you learn, get certified, and achieve your goals faster. #InvestInYourself with free certifications and virtual courses for Canadian professionals. This Academy allows you to get either the Training, Voucher, or both Training and Voucher for most DP- / AI- certifications for free!

30 Days to Learn It Cloud Skills Challenge – 50% Off

30 Days to Learn It can help you build skills and start your preparation for Microsoft Certifications for AI, DevOps, Microsoft 365, low code, IoT, data science, cloud development, and more. Select your challenge, work through learning modules, and exchange ideas with peers through a global community forum. You can be eligible for 50 percent off the cost of a Microsoft Certification exam by completing your challenge within 30 days.


MCT & MVP Discounts

If you are a Microsoft MCT or MVP, remember you can get 75% or 50% off respectively for your Microsoft Certifications. You can learn more about this either on MCT Central or on the MVP site. As an MVP you need to request the code, so make sure you do it before you schedule your exam!

Did I miss any offers? Let me know in the comments! Remember to also check my Microsoft Certification Study Guides to get ready for your exams! If this blog post saved you some money, please do leave a comment, I always enjoy reading them and knowing my content helped you out!

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  • March 2, 2021 at 3:06 am
    Hans Schwindt

    Too bad that this Challeng is only valid for people who live in the USA.
    Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge – Free Voucher.

    Best wishes from Europe

  • March 3, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Is it worth for Indians ?

  • March 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm
    Nidhi Agarwal

    Can you please share the session for voucher for AZ 104

  • March 11, 2021 at 12:46 pm
    Nidhi Agarwal

    After the session how many days will it take for the voucher to come

    • March 11, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      “If you complete your challenge before it ends, one Microsoft Certification exam will be associated with your Learn profile on April 7, 2021. You will be notified via email when it becomes available.”

  • March 12, 2021 at 9:42 am
    Gerson Rubio

    Hi Vlad!

    Some free voucher for MS-900?

    Best Regards,


  • March 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm
    kanyinda grace


  • March 23, 2021 at 5:04 am

    hi guys, no free voucher for ms600? only registered for the 30 days challenge yesterday and tho i am all but done with the course its going to be mid april before the 50% off one comes through and thats kinda far lol. if anyone has please point me to it. Thanks

  • March 23, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Thank you for sharing

  • March 26, 2021 at 1:55 am
    Raynold Nena

    How to get older Microsoftware Certifications

  • March 28, 2021 at 7:04 am

    I have complete all 32 modules of
    Microsoft Ignite Security Operations Analyst Challenge, and there is 100% completed shown in said module, where in dash board it still showing 16/32 modules.

    what did it mean ?

    • April 5, 2021 at 8:19 am

      I know there was a bug with the completition – if you don’t get it in time , contact their support!

  • March 29, 2021 at 9:17 am


    Please advise if the 30 Days to Learn It Cloud Skills Challenge – 50% Off- is available for all regions, I stay in Africa,South Africa


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