Microsoft partners with PMI to announce low-code certifications for university students

Kevin Okemwa


In a bid to increase employability, Microsoft has teamed up with the Project Management Institute (PMI) to announce the Power Platform University Hub. The institution will act as a hub where university students get to equip themselves with skills that will help them solve a wide range of business problems with low-code.

Technology plays a crucial role in our day-to-day lives and is ever-evolving, thus the increased demand for employees who are well versed in the sector that will not only be able to add value to an organization but also innovate to help solve today’s business problems.

Current trends have established that the number of developers available doesn’t match the actual number that is needed in organizations to build solutions. “Low-code platforms mean that organizations no longer need to be dependent on professional developer skills for all of their solutions. Gartner® forecasts that by 2025, 70 percent of new enterprise applications will use low-code technologies,” says Microsoft.

Hence the need to bring on more professionals that will help bridge this gap. The new Power Platform University Hub is in place to provide university students with an integrated curriculum that mainly focuses on the power of using low-code platforms to enhance digital transformation. Once enrolled in the program, students will be able to access dozens of course materials that revolve around low-code development and analytics tools.

Dr. Noel Carroll, Associate Head of Learning and Founder of the Citizen Developer Lab at the University of Galway stated that:

I am extremely passionate about building student confidence in using digital technology and empower them to question, create, experiment, develop, and learn. In this digital world, we need to ensure we are creating an inclusive society and learning environment. Diversity of opinions and experiences are a critical part of digital innovation and therefore empowering students through education is an important enabler for them to play a role in digital transformation across society and business. The Power Platform University Hub supports us to achieve this.

Upon completing the course successfully, you’ll get two certifications, that is, a PMI Citizen Developer™ Practitioner Micro-Credential and a PL-100 Microsoft Power Platform App Maker certification ascertaining that you went through training.

According to Microsoft:

The Power Platform University Hub helps educational institutions prepare their students to enter the workforce and make their students more attractive to potential employers by offering a self-guided learning journey across both the managerial aspect of accelerating and managing adoption of low-code solutions with best practices in mind, as well as the technical knowledge needed to build apps, data visualizations, chat bots, websites, and automation with low-code efficiently and effectively.

If you are interested in becoming a certified low-code professional, you will need to sign up for the program by having a faculty member complete the onboarding form. You’ll then get access to the Power Platform University Hub once your application is processed.

via: Dona Sarkar