Microsoft Azure Certification BASICS (Live Online)

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    Live Online

  • Duration:

    27 hours

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Part Time: September 01, 2021 – October 27, 2021

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Microsoft Azure is one of the most popular cloud computing services and many businesses need certified Azure professionals to maintain their cloud infrastructures. Our Azure Certification Basics course will help you learn the skills you need to work as a cloud computing professional specializing in Microsoft Azure. Through this course, students will learn vital Microsoft Azure administration and security skills through expert live online instruction. This course will be the first step in preparing to pass the exams necessary to become a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Security Engineer Associate. Ashton College recommends taking Microsoft Azure Certification (Advanced Course) right after completing the Microsoft Azure Certification (Basic Course).

You can also read up on our Microsoft Azure Certification Advanced course to discover which course is the right fit for you.

Microsoft Azure Certification

Microsoft manages a set of Azure certifications that are designed to help cloud computing professionals validate their skills and to help employers find suitable employees. There are four different categories of Azure certifications: Fundamental, Associate, Expert, and Specialty.

  • The Fundamental category is for entry-level Azure certifications. There are three certifications in this category: Azure Fundamentals, Azure AI Fundamentals, and Azure Data Fundamentals. Each one of these certifications serves as a starting point for a different cloud computing role. The Azure Fundamentals certification is for aspiring Azure administrators, Azure AI is the first step for AI engineers, and Azure Data is the entry point for database administrators.
  • The Associate category is for intermediate certifications they serve as the next step for cloud computing professionals who are experienced in Azure. You do not need to obtain fundamental-level certifications before attaining certifications in this category. Certifications at this level include the Azure Administrator Associate, Azure Developer Associate, Azure Database Administrator Associate, Azure Data Engineer Associate, Azure Security Engineer Associate, Azure AI Engineer Associate, and Azure Data Scientist Associate.
  • The Expert category is the highest level of certification you can attain for Microsoft Azure. Certifications in this category are the Identity and Access Administrator Associate, Azure Stack Hub Operator Associate, Azure Solutions Architect Expert, DevOps Engineer Expert, and Power Platform Solutions Architect Expert.
  • The Specialty category is for advanced technical Azure skills that do not fit into the other categories. Specialty certifications vary in skill level with some being equivalent to the Associate category and others being in the Expert category. Certifications in this category include Windows Virtual Desktop Specialty, Azure IoT Developer Specialty, Azure for SAP Workloads Specialty.

The only requirement for earning any Microsoft Azure certification is to pass the relevant certification exam. There are no other prerequisites for any certification, regardless of the skill level.

Ashton College’s Azure Certification Training Basics course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to pass the certification exams for Azure Administrator Associate and Azure Security Engineer Associate.

Azure Training

Ashton College’s Microsoft Azure courses are taught by Microsoft Azure certified instructors. Learning from an Azure certified cloud computing professional will better prepare you for the certification exam, and it will expedite the learning process. The knowledge learned in this course will be directly applicable to the Azure Administrator Associate and Azure Security Engineer Associate certification exams.


George Mikhailov

GeorgeGeorge Mikhailov has over 20 years of vital experience working in cybersecurity and information technology. As an educator, he possesses an intricate knowledge of cybersecurity technology and the leading best practices. His knowledge of security operations, cyber threat intelligence, incident handling, digital forensics and regulations enables him to help organizations transform their cybersecurity practices. He helps companies leverage the appropriate combination of people, processes, and technologies to protect personal confidentiality, preserve system integrity and promote information availability. He began with Network and Endpoint security and moved further into the areas of Web, Application, Messaging and Cloud Security. George Mikhailov holds a master’s degree in IT Security and has industry certifications such as CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CEH ( Certified Ethical Hacker). He is currently working on his PhD, focusing on advanced threat detection.

Richard Spencer

Richard SpencerRichard Spencer has worn many hats during his time in the IT industry over the last 15 years. Starting his career in the telecommunications field, Richard is now a full-time information technology instructor. Richard has successfully attained his CCNA certification, CCNA “Train the Trainer” certification, and three certifications from Amazon Web Services: Solutions Architect Associate, Sysops Administrator, and DevOps associate. His professional expertise and interest align with all things AWS and networking.



Roman Mirakhmedov


Roman Mirakhmedov holds a Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Lomonosov Moscow State University and is a Ph. D. candidate in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked in technology for over 20 years and loves building next-generation cloud-native solutions to help his clients create maximum value and secure sustainable competitive advantage. Roman is an AWS Academy Accredited Educator for Cloud Foundations, Cloud Architecture, SysOps, DevOps and Machine Learning, and one of the very few people to hold all AWS certifications. He teaches cloud, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software development and applied mathematics. He is also currently a Senior Director, Cloud Consulting with Prodapt Solutions. He has authored and co-authored several papers on next-generation AI and regularly conducts research in collective intelligence.

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Who Will Benefit From The Course

This course is beneficial for network and system administrators, system engineers, IT managers and consultants, small business owners or anyone interested in building their Microsoft Azure administration and security skills.


Live Online

Part Time: 

  • September 01, 2021 – October 27, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • No books are required; some popular readings will be suggested, which are available online


The registration fee for this course is $690.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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