Fast Lane launches Microsoft Azure Data & AI Academy in Canada

Canada, April 19, 2021 – Fast Lane, in collaboration with Microsoft, launched a Microsoft Azure Data & AI Academy in Canada. This new certification initiative has provided comprehensive and free support for Microsoft customers and interested professionals to complete various Microsoft Data & AI certifications. In the past year, this program has helped nearly 6,500 users gain more knowledge and access to the cutting-edge technology areas of data science and artificial intelligence (AI).

The use of AI in companies and organizations requires qualified professionals. According to a March 2020 IDC Survey Spotlight, a survey that examines how IT certifications impact promotion opportunities, "Certified IT professionals get promoted more than 50 percent faster than non-certified IT professionals."1 Microsoft Data & AI certifications are internationally- recognized proof of these technical skills.

“Fast Lane is proud to be collaborating with Microsoft on such an important market transformational activity. Data and AI will drive innovation in the Canadian market for decades to come and we at Fast Lane are honored to deliver this program for Microsoft,” - Dan O’ Brien, President of Fast Lane US & Canada.

The Microsoft Canada Azure Data & AI Academy, available to Canadian residents, is to provide students with the best possible support for exam preparation and to enable them to take their place in the Data & AI field. Very comprehensive services are available free of charge to professionals seeking the relevant certification:

  • Self-Assessments: Testing of existing knowledge
  • Exam Prep Sessions: Weekly live online sessions with certified Microsoft experts
  • Learning Labs: Exercises to gain hands-on experience
  • Self-Paced E-Learning: Additional e-learning with exam-related topics
  • Exam Vouchers: Free vouchers for Microsoft exams
  • Videos: Step-by-step guidance provided in interactive webinars
  • Exam Prep Community: Access to the Data & AI certification support LinkedIn group

“Digital skills are critical to succeeding in today’s innovation economy and individuals certified in Data and AI are very much in demand,” said Magdy Karam, chief learning officer, Microsoft Canada. “The Fast Lane Data & AI Academy portal, created in collaboration with Microsoft, is a one-stop-shop with everything professionals need to get started on their digital career journey.”

The new Microsoft Canada Azure Data & AI Academy at and covers the following Microsoft Data & AI certifications:

  • Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Azure Data Fundamentals
  • Azure AI Engineer Associate
  • Azure Database Administrator Associate
  • Azure Data Engineer Associate
  • Azure Data Analyst Associate
  • Azure Data Scientist Associate

For more information on the potential of Azure Certification: Azure skills and certifications can boost grads’ salary potential

Fast Lane is a Microsoft Global Gold Partner.

1 IDC, Do IT Certifications Increase Promotion Opportunities? doc #US46090620, March 2020

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