#81 Roadmap to conquer Microsoft Certified: Data Engineer Associate certification exam (DP-203)

Hang Nguyen
4 min readJan 30, 2023

Since I am closely working with Azure Databricks and Data engineering in general, this exam turned out to be surprisingly easy for me. If you have been working for a while with Azure Databricks, Azure Data Factory and Synapse, this exam is tailored perfectly for you. Don’t hesitate and take the exam right away :) (I personally only went through some free questions on Exam Topics of roughly 120 questions and used my common sense from work experience to pass this exam. However, I think a proper preparation is essential for general audience and those that are quite new to the field).

Alright, no more chit-chating, let’s get right to the main part: Preparation phase. Tbh, this is real challenging for me to go through each single bullet points while writing this blog post since I have taken this exam some months ago and question myself even how I could pass this exam. Surprisingly, I did?

Structure of DP-203 exam

  • Design and implement data storage (40–45%)
  • Design and develop data processing (25–30%)
  • Design and implement data security (10–15%)
  • Monitor and optimize data storage and data processing (10–15%)

Focuses of exam

Next, let’s discuss some of the centrics in preparation phase of this DP-203 exam.

Basic data and cloud…



Hang Nguyen

A Data Engineer with a passion for technology, literature, and philosophy.