Microsoft Cert Exams US$15 - Was US$100 (Need to “Self-Attest” Impacted by COVID-19) & Free LinkedIn Learning Paths @ Micros

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Microsoft is dropping the cost of Microsoft Certifications exams to $15 (if users “self-attest” that their employment was impacted by COVID-19). Usually, those exams cost more than $100. Participants can schedule an exam from September to the end of the year, and they’ll have until March 31st to complete it.

What we are launching today

Today’s global skills initiative is based on months of planning across Microsoft to provide meaningful help to 25 million people globally by the end of 2020. Our activities will be focused on three areas:

Data and analytics to better understand in-demand skills and jobs
Several years ago, LinkedIn operationalized the world’s first Economic Graph to track workforce trends and provide a window into emerging skills gaps. The Economic Graph is a digital representation of the global economy based on more than 690 million professionals, 50 million companies, 11 million job listings, 36,000 defined skills, and 90,000 schools. In short, it is all the data on LinkedIn and shows available jobs, their required skills, and the existing skills job seekers have.

The Economic Graph also makes it possible to spot in-demand skills, emerging jobs, and global hiring rates. These insights help connect LinkedIn members to better opportunities and assist governments and organizations as they create economic opportunity for the global workforce.

As part of this new initiative, LinkedIn is sharing free, real-time labor market data and skills insights to help governments, policymakers and business leaders understand what’s happening in their local labor markets: what companies are hiring, the top jobs companies are hiring for and the trending skills for those jobs. This data can be accessed using a new interactive tool at linkedin.com/workforce. Data is available for more than 180 countries and regions (150+ cities, 30+ countries). Users can search by country or region and download the data sets.

We have also used the Economic Graph as a critical planning resource for today’s skills initiative, by identifying the key jobs and horizontal skills that are most widely in demand and creating learning paths for these via LinkedIn Learning. Using this data, we identified 10 jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are well positioned to continue to grow in the future. These 10 jobs were identified as having the greatest number of job openings, have had steady growth over the past four years, pay a livable wage, and require skills that can be learned online.

Become a Software Developer
Become a Sales Representative
Become a Project Manager
Become an IT administrator (Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification)
Become a Customer Service Specialist
Become a Digital Marketing Specialist
Become IT Support / Help Desk (Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification)
Become a Data Analyst
Become a Financial Analyst
Become a Graphic Designer
Much of our skills work is targeted at providing people with the skills for these disciplines.

Free access to learning paths and comprehensive resources to help people develop the skills needed for in-demand jobs
To help people pursue jobs in these areas, we are making LinkedIn Learning paths aligned with each of these roles available free of charge through the end of March 2021. Each learning path includes a sequence of video content designed to help job seekers develop the core skills needed for each role. Each learning path is currently available in English, French, Spanish, and German.

LinkedIn Learning’s library for each learning path also includes collaborative courses, all taught by industry-expert instructors, allowing individuals to move through content and demonstrate their learning with a certificate of completion. Covering a broad range of skills from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skills for technology roles, these role-based learning paths provide numerous opportunities for people along a learning continuum to reskill and upskill. We believe these are the types of resources that can place in-demand roles within reach of millions of job seekers.

In addition to these LinkedIn Learning paths, we are offering through Microsoft Learn free and in-depth technical learning content that also supports these roles. For roles that are more technical in nature, job seekers can go deeper on specific role-based Microsoft technologies with Microsoft Learn modules, gaining the most in-demand skills on widely used technologies.

We will also enable job seekers pursuing developer roles to access the GitHub Learning Lab to practice their skills. GitHub Learning Lab is a bot-based learning tool that uses repositories to teach technology, coding, Git, and GitHub via real-life, demo-based modules. This means that as job seekers engage in learning paths, they will have the opportunity to practice newly acquired skills by completing realistic projects in a personalized GitHub repository.

To provide people with easier access to the soft skills needed to pursue a new job, we are offering free access to four horizontal LinkedIn Learning paths. These are:

Job seeker – Finding a Job During Challenging Economic Times
Critical soft skills – Master In-Demand Professional Soft Skills
Digital transformation – Digital Transformation in Practice: Virtual Collaboration Tools
Allyship and inclusive conversations – Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All

LinkedIn Learning’s library for each learning path also includes collaborative courses, all taught by industry-expert instructors, allowing individuals to move through content and demonstrate their learning with a certificate of completion. Covering a broad range of skills from entry-level digital literacy to advanced product-based skills for technology roles, these role-based learning paths provide numerous opportunities for people along a learning continuum to reskill and upskill. We believe these are the types of resources that can place in-demand roles within reach of millions of job seekers.

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  • Thanks OP for the post!

    More info here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/skilli...

    T&C - it's valid for only one exam delivered as an online proctored exam, so choose carefully.

    This exam offer is available to job seekers who can attest that they have been unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19.
    You must be 18 or older to access and use this exam offer.
    This exam offer is available for a limited number of eligible individuals and exam appointments.
    This exam offer entitles you to register for and appear for **one (1) valid Microsoft Certification exam** at a special limited time discounted price of USD15. Offer expires December 31, 2020.
    This exam offer may be redeemed to take one (1) valid Microsoft Certification exam, delivered as an online proctored exam only.
    This exam offer is exam-specific and only redeemable for select Microsoft Certification exams.
    The window to schedule the exam offer will be available later this year, between September 2020 and December 31, 2020.
    The exam offer must be scheduled by December 31, 2020. Exam appointments must be completed by March 31, 2021.
    This exam offer expiration date cannot be extended under any circumstances.
    This exam offer may not be redeemed or exchanged for cash, credit, or refund.
    This exam offer is non-transferrable and is void if you alter, revise, or transfer it in any way.
    Cancellation and reschedule policies and any associated fees apply.
    Testing candidates must agree to the certification exam non-disclosure agreement.
    
  • One cheapie better than no cheapie so not complaining.

  • And for the ozb purists, it's USD 15, not AUD.

  • can anyone share the link for exams or learning material. LinkedIn shows monthly charges on their website.

  • Sooo… what did you do during the 2020 lockdown year? Looks at list of unfinished online courses, home renovations, decluttering pile, unread books, dusty chin-up bar.

  • Silly question but how can we access the course? Is it through the free trial?

  • Won't start until September though - from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/skilli...

    Job seekers who have completed training for these Microsoft-specific technical roles and can attest that they have been unemployed or furloughed due to COVID-19 can secure an industry-recognized Microsoft Certification at a discounted fee of USD15. Testing candidates will have the ability to schedule an exam between September 2020 and December 31, 2020, and will have until March 31, 2021 to appear for and complete the exam. See terms and conditions.

  • I was made redundant yesterday. Can't find anywhere to sign up for this? Just log in memory banks and hope to get another email in Sept? How do we action this?

  • All good but where do I sign up?

    • You can start by creating yourself a Microsoft learn account. Then schedule an exam in September to take advantage of this discount.

  • Currently you can sign up for free to an Azure Fundamentals day course with Microsoft where you do a day session online and get an exam code at the end. Combine that with this and choose the Azure Administrator Cert, and you could have two Azure certifications for 15USD

  • We are in September but looks like this has not yet be opened to public.