Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

DoD Cloud Skills Challenge



Microsoft Federal’s DoD Business Applications team is excited to announce our Cloud Skills Challenge for the Department of Defense. This challenge will run from November 21, 2022 – January 23, 2023 and is divided into 12 segments which allow you to select a learning path based on your current skillset and desired growth area. The content is presented in an accelerated learning environment where you compete against other service branches in a race for knowledge and leaderboard superiority. Throughout the challenge, Participants may view their learning progress against their peers and total completed modules under each challenge’s leaderboard.


This self-paced Cloud Skills Challenge is a fun, interactive way to develop your Power Platform and Dynamics 365 skills while empowering citizen/pro developers and administrators to build applications on the platform.


How to get started

** Participants may sign up at anytime before January 23, 2023 **

  1. Sign up for a Profile on Microsoft Learn ( or using a Microsoft Account (MSA) email address (Outlook, Hotmail, Gmail). If you do not already have a Microsoft Account, you may create one at Using your MSA will ensure that completed training can be retrieved at any time, regardless of your place of employment. If desired, you may link your progression with your .mil login under your learning profile.

    Note: If you are presented with a corporate sign-in page, select the link for "Sign in with another account" and login with your personal account to get started on the learning path.



2. Register for one (or more) of the Challenge paths below:


Power Platform

Power Platform Fundamentals:

Power Platform App Maker:

Power Platform Functional Consultant:

Power Platform Developer:

Power Platform Solution Architect Expert:

Power BI Data Analyst Associate:

Power Automate RPA Developer:


Governance and Government Cloud

Power Platform Governance:

Understanding the Government Cloud:


Dynamics 365

Dynamics 365 Fundamentals:

Dynamics 365 Customer Service:

Dynamics 365 Customer Data Specialist:

  1. Select the branch of service you represent when registering.
  2. Complete the challenge before January 23, 2022.
  3. Earn Progress through each completed module and collection on Microsoft Learn.
  4. Track your progress on the challenge leaderboard.

Common Questions


Q: Is this Challenge a requirement? 
A: This challenge is self-paced and optional but will help individuals gain a deeper understanding into cloud solutions and is included as part of your subscription. 


Q: How long is this challenge and can we continue to take this challenge once it’s over? 
A: This Cloud Skills Challenge will be open for 60-days. However, users can continue to take the training after the window is closed. Users are highly encouraged to take this challenge within the challenge window to make it as fun and competitive as possible.


Q: Who should I contact if there are any questions regarding this Challenge? 
A: Derek Durkovic ( will be your primary point of contact. An alternate point of contact is


Q: Will the completion of this Cloud Skills Challenge count as a formal Microsoft acknowledged Power Platform or Dynamics 365 certification? 
A: No. The completion of this Cloud Skills Challenge will provide the necessary knowledge for users which will help learners pass their Power Platform Certification Exams. Upon completion of the online training via CSC, the learner can register for an exam via our Learner Experience Portal (LxP). Additionally, if a learner completes a Cloud Skills Challenge, they can request a certificate of completion to help satisfy continuous learning credits by contacting: 


Video Tutorials


Derek Durkovic will post challenge updates through LinkedIn as the challenge progresses. Please be sure to follow or connect with him at to receive the updates. We look forward to having you join this challenge while and eagerly wait to see who will come out on top. Please don’t hesitate to forward this challenge to others within the DoD, all are welcome to join and compete.



Helper II
Helper II

@DevMonkey Is this open to "non Federal" App Makers/Power Platform Professionals?


Hey @TBitly, this is open to Federal DoD Customers Only. However, you can browse similar learning paths at Microsoft Power Platform documentation - Power Platform | Microsoft Learn and pursue training outside of the Cloud Skills Challenge.

Helper I
Helper I

I wish this was open to GCC high (gov contractors)! This would have been so much fun. I will keep an eye out for the next event. 

Helpful resources


Celebrating the May Super User of the Month: Laurens Martens

  @LaurensM  is an exceptional contributor to the Power Platform Community. Super Users like Laurens inspire others through their example, encouragement, and active participation. We are excited to celebrated Laurens as our Super User of the Month for May 2024.   Consistent Engagement:  He consistently engages with the community by answering forum questions, sharing insights, and providing solutions. Laurens dedication helps other users find answers and overcome challenges.   Community Expertise: As a Super User, Laurens plays a crucial role in maintaining a knowledge sharing environment. Always ensuring a positive experience for everyone.   Leadership: He shares valuable insights on community growth, engagement, and future trends. Their contributions help shape the Power Platform Community.   Congratulations, Laurens Martens, for your outstanding work! Keep inspiring others and making a difference in the community!   Keep up the fantastic work!        

Check out the Copilot Studio Cookbook today!

We are excited to announce our new Copilot Cookbook Gallery in the Copilot Studio Community. We can't wait for you to share your expertise and your experience!    Join us for an amazing opportunity where you'll be one of the first to contribute to the Copilot Cookbook—your ultimate guide to mastering Microsoft Copilot. Whether you're seeking inspiration or grappling with a challenge while crafting apps, you probably already know that Copilot Cookbook is your reliable assistant, offering a wealth of tips and tricks at your fingertips--and we want you to add your expertise. What can you "cook" up?   Click this link to get started:   Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be one of the first in the Community to share your app creation journey with Copilot. We'll be announcing a Cookbook Challenge very soon and want to make sure you one of the first "cooks" in the kitchen.   Don't miss your moment--start submitting in the Copilot Cookbook Gallery today!     Thank you,  Engagement Team

Announcing Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery

We are excited to share that the all-new Copilot Cookbook Gallery for Power Apps is now available in the Power Apps Community, full of tips and tricks on how to best use Microsoft Copilot as you develop and create in Power Apps. The new Copilot Cookbook is your go-to resource when you need inspiration--or when you're stuck--and aren't sure how to best partner with Copilot while creating apps.   Whether you're looking for the best prompts or just want to know about responsible AI use, visit Copilot Cookbook for regular updates you can rely on--while also serving up some of your greatest tips and tricks for the Community. Check Out the new Copilot Cookbook for Power Apps today: Copilot Cookbook - Power Platform Community.  We can't wait to see what you "cook" up!      

Tuesday Tip | How to Report Spam in Our Community

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   As our community family expands each week, we revisit our essential tools, tips, and tricks to ensure you’re well-versed in the community’s pulse. Keep an eye on the News & Announcements for your weekly Tuesday Tips—you never know what you may learn!   Today's Tip: How to Report Spam in Our Community We strive to maintain a professional and helpful community, and part of that effort involves keeping our platform free of spam. If you encounter a post that you believe is spam, please follow these steps to report it: Locate the Post: Find the post in question within the community.Kebab Menu: Click on the "Kebab" menu | 3 Dots, on the top right of the post.Report Inappropriate Content: Select "Report Inappropriate Content" from the menu.Submit Report: Fill out any necessary details on the form and submit your report.   Our community team will review the report and take appropriate action to ensure our community remains a valuable resource for everyone.   Thank you for helping us keep the community clean and useful!

Community Roundup: A Look Back at Our Last 10 Tuesday Tips

As we continue to grow and learn together, it's important to reflect on the valuable insights we've shared. For today's #TuesdayTip, we're excited to take a moment to look back at the last 10 tips we've shared in case you missed any or want to revisit them. Thanks for your incredible support for this series--we're so glad it was able to help so many of you navigate your community experience!   Getting Started in the Community An overview of everything you need to know about navigating the community on one page!  Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Community Ranks and YOU Have you ever wondered how your fellow community members ascend the ranks within our community? We explain everything about ranks and how to achieve points so you can climb up in the rankings! Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Powering Up Your Community Profile Your Community User Profile is how the Community knows you--so it's essential that it works the way you need it to! From changing your username to updating contact information, this Knowledge Base Article is your best resource for powering up your profile. Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Community Blogs--A Great Place to Start There's so much you'll discover in the Community Blogs, and we hope you'll check them out today!  Community Links: ○ Power Apps ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Unlocking Community Achievements and Earning Badges Across the Communities, you'll see badges on users profile that recognize and reward their engagement and contributions. Check out some details on Community badges--and find out more in the detailed link at the end of the article! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio    Blogging in the Community Interested in blogging? Everything you need to know on writing blogs in our four communities! Get started blogging across the Power Platform communities today! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Subscriptions & Notifications We don't want you to miss a thing in the community! Read all about how to subscribe to sections of our forums and how to setup your notifications! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Getting Started with Private Messages & Macros Do you want to enhance your communication in the Community and streamline your interactions? One of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are using Private Messaging--and the ever-handy macros that are available to you as a Community member! Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Community User Groups Learn everything about being part of, starting, or leading a User Group in the Power Platform Community. Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Update Your Community Profile Today! Keep your community profile up to date which is essential for staying connected and engaged with the community. Community Links: ○ Power Apps  ○ Power Automate  ○ Power Pages  ○ Copilot Studio   Thank you for being an integral part of our journey.   Here's to many more Tuesday Tips as we pave the way for a brighter, more connected future! As always, watch the News & Announcements for the next set of tips, coming soon!

Hear what's next for the Power Up Program

Hear from Principal Program Manager, Dimpi Gandhi, to discover the latest enhancements to the Microsoft #PowerUpProgram, including a new accelerated video-based curriculum crafted with the expertise of Microsoft MVPs, Rory Neary and Charlie Phipps-Bennett. If you’d like to hear what’s coming next, click the link below to sign up today!  

Top Kudoed Authors
Users online (2,435)