Course Overview

Note: Exam DP-203 is replacing exams DP-200 and DP-201. DP-200 and DP-201 will retire on June 30, 2021.

The DP-203 Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure certification training course from CloudThat offers candidates proper training and relevant study material to prepare and successfully clear the DP-203 exam.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Design and implement data storage
  • Design and develop data processing
  • Design and implement data security
  • Monitor and optimize data storage and data processing

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Key Features

  • Our training modules have 50% - 60% hands-on lab sessions to encourage Thinking-Based Learning (TBL)
  • Interactive-rich virtual and face-to-face classroom teaching to inculcate Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Microsoft certified instructor-led training and mentoring sessions to develop Competency-Based Learning (CBL)
  • Well-structured use-cases to simulate challenges encountered in a Real-World environment
  • Integrated teaching assistance and support through experts designed Learning Management System (LMS) and ExamReady platform
  • Being a Microsoft Learning Partner provides us with the edge over competition

Who Should Attend

  • Azure Data Engineers who integrate, transform, and consolidate data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions


The prerequisites of DP-203 exam include:

  • A candidate must have solid knowledge of data processing languages, such as SQL, Python, or Scala, and they need to understand parallel processing and data architecture patterns.
  • Candidate should have subject matter expertise integrating, transforming, and consolidating data from various structured and unstructured data systems into structures that are suitable for building analytics solutions.

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  • Design an Azure Data Lake solution
  • Recommend file types for storage
  • Recommend file types for analytical queries
  • Design for efficient querying
  • Design for data pruning
  • Design a folder structure that represents the levels of data transformation
  • Design a distribution strategy
  • Design a data archiving solution
  • Design a partition strategy
  • Design a partition strategy for files
  • Design a partition strategy for analytical workloads
  • Design a partition strategy for efficiency/performance
  • Design a partition strategy for Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Identify when partitioning is needed in Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

Design the serving layer

  • Design star schemas
  • Design slowly changing dimensions
  • Design a dimensional hierarchy
  • Design a solution for temporal data
  • Design for incremental loading
  • Design analytical stores
  • Design metastores in Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Databricks

Implement physical data storage structures

  • Implement compression
  • Implement partitioning
  • Implement sharding
  • Implement different table geometries with Azure Synapse Analytics pools
  • Implement data redundancy
  • Implement distributions
  • Implement data archiving

Implement logical data structures

  • Build a temporal data solution
  • Build a slowly changing dimension
  • Build a logical folder structure
  • Build external tables
  • Implement file and folder structures for efficient querying and data pruning

Implement the serving layer

  • Deliver data in a relational star schema
  • Deliver data in Parquet files
  • Maintain metadata
  • Implement a dimensional hierarchy

  • Transform data by using Apache Spark
  • Transform data by using Transact-SQL
  • Transform data by using Data Factory
  • Transform data by using Azure Synapse Pipelines
  • Transform data by using Stream Analytics
  • Cleanse data
  • Split data
  • Shred JSON
  • Encode and decode data
  • Configure error handling for the transformation
  • Normalize and denormalize values
  • Transform data by using Scala
  • Perform data exploratory analysis

Design and develop a batch processing solution

  • Develop batch processing solutions by using Data Factory, Data Lake, Spark, Azure Synapse Pipelines, PolyBase, and Azure Databricks
  • Create data pipelines
  • Design and implement incremental data loads
  • Design and develop slowly changing dimensions
  • Handle security and compliance requirements
  • Scale resources
  • Configure the batch size
  • Design and create tests for data pipelines
  • Integrate Jupyter/IPython notebooks into a data pipeline
  • Handle duplicate data
  • Handle missing data
  • Handle late-arriving data
  • Upsert data
  • Regress to a previous state
  • Design and configure exception handling
  • Configure batch retention
  • Design a batch processing solution
  • Debug Spark jobs by using the Spark UI

Design and develop a stream processing solution

  • Develop a stream processing solution by using Stream Analytics, Azure Databricks, and Azure Event Hubs
  • Process data by using Spark structured streaming
  • Monitor for performance and functional regressions
  • Design and create windowed aggregates
  • Handle schema drift
  • Process time series data
  • Process across partitions
  • Process within one partition
  • Configure checkpoints/watermarking during processing
  • Scale resources
  • Design and create tests for data pipelines
  • Optimize pipelines for analytical or transactional purposes
  • Handle interruptions
  • Design and configure exception handling
  • Upsert data
  • Replay archived stream data
  • Design a stream processing solution

Manage batches and pipelines

  • Trigger batches
  • Handle failed batch loads
  • Validate batch loads
  • Manage data pipelines in Data Factory/Synapse Pipelines
  • Schedule data pipelines in Data Factory/Synapse Pipelines
  • Implement version control for pipeline artifacts
  • Manage Spark jobs in a pipeline

  • Design data encryption for data at rest and in transit
  • Design a data auditing strategy
  • Design a data masking strategy
  • Design for data privacy
  • Design a data retention policy
  • Design to purge data based on business requirements
  • Design Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) and POSIX-like Access Control List (ACL) for Data Lake Storage Gen2
  • Design row-level and column-level security

Implement data security

  • Implement data masking
  • Encrypt data at rest and in motion
  • Implement row-level and column-level security
  • Implement Azure RBAC
  • Implement POSIX-like ACLs for Data Lake Storage Gen2
  • Implement a data retention policy
  • Implement a data auditing strategy
  • Manage identities, keys, and secrets across different data platform technologies
  • Implement secure endpoints (private and public)
  • Implement resource tokens in Azure Databricks
  • Load a DataFrame with sensitive information
  • Write encrypted data to tables or Parquet files
  • Manage sensitive information

  • Implement logging used by Azure Monitor
  • Configure monitoring services
  • Measure performance of data movement
  • Monitor and update statistics about data across a system
  • Monitor data pipeline performance
  • Measure query performance
  • Monitor cluster performance
  • Understand custom logging options
  • Schedule and monitor pipeline tests
  • Interpret Azure Monitor metrics and logs
  • Interpret a Spark directed acyclic graph (DAG)

Optimize and troubleshoot data storage and data processing

  • Compact small files
  • Rewrite user-defined functions (UDFs)
  • Handle skew in data
  • Handle data spill
  • Tune shuffle partitions
  • Find shuffling in a pipeline
  • Optimize resource management
  • Tune queries by using indexers
  • Tune queries by using cache
  • Optimize pipelines for analytical or transactional purposes
  • Optimize pipeline for descriptive versus analytical workloads
  • Troubleshoot a failed spark job
  • Troubleshoot a failed pipeline run


    • By earning DP-203 certification, you can become Microsoft Certified Azure Data Engineer
    • Demonstrate abilities to Design and implement data storage, data processing and data security features
    • On successful completion of DP-203: Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure training aspirants receive a Course Completion Certificate from us
    • By successfully clearing the DP-203 exams, aspirants earn Microsoft Certification

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