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Which Certification should a software engineer get?

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  • Hi there,

    About Me:

    Currently I am studding software engineering. I also watch MVA's(Microsoft Virtual Academy) courses, and I learned C# language, beside this I am learning other courses from MVA also. I am passionate about developing applications for desktop and mobiles, and also developing ASP.NET websites. 

    I have read about Microsoft certifications but still I am unclear.

    Question:

    Now my questions is which certification should i get first, and which certification will help me in my carrier?

    Request:

    Please also explain how to get the certification step by step?How to prepare for the exams?

    I shall be very thankful for your suggestions and opinions.

    Thank You.

    Sunday, March 20, 2016 7:11 PM

Answers

  • Hi, waterbrain342.

    There are a few certifications available for full time students in college called Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. Pass one (1) of the offered exams (98-361, 98-375, or 98-379) and you earn a MTA title in software engineering. Learn more here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mta-certification.aspx#developer

    Alternately, you may wish to pursue a professional certification that will have more value on your resume, such as a MCSD. Note that MTA exams are cheaper (sometimes free for college students if offered through their college) than professional certification exams.

    Based on your interests in C# and ASP.NET, I would suggest you work towards the MCSD: Web Applications title, here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsd-web-apps-certification.aspx

    It requires you to pass three (3) exams: 70-480 or 70-483 (pick one), 70-486, and 70-487. Once you pass 70-480 or 70-483 you also will earn a Specialist certification, shown here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/specialist-certification.aspx

    Note that each of the pages I mentioned above give links to the certification exams. To pass the exams, you must study each topics shown in the exam description. I recommend using http://msdn.microsoft.com and Google search for topics on peoples' blogs to fill in your knowledge gaps.

    As well, you may want to buy a study book from Amazon for the exams. Note what people state on the book reviews to tell how good the book is. Here is one for the C# (70-483) exam:
    http://www.amazon.com/Exam-Ref-70-483-Programming-MCSD/dp/0735676828

    As well, I recommend chatting with others on the certification forums for Microsoft exams. For example, here is the forum for the Visual Studio:https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/forums/f/567

    One last tip - don't ever give up! These exams are hard! There are plenty of people who never become certified or gave up after failing an exam. Just try again and pass it next time or the time after that. Your transcript does not reveal the number of attempts; just passed exams.

    Microsoft is offering a deal for four (4) free retakes if you fail the exam the first few times. Check them out here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/offers.aspx

    I recommend studying for the exam that will be easiest for you. Is it C# (70-483) or HTML5 (70-480)? Then pass the remaining two exams, 70-486 and 70-487.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    • Marked as answer by waterbrain Monday, March 21, 2016 6:17 AM
    Monday, March 21, 2016 2:20 AM
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  • Hi, waterbrain342.

    There are a few certifications available for full time students in college called Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. Pass one (1) of the offered exams (98-361, 98-375, or 98-379) and you earn a MTA title in software engineering. Learn more here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mta-certification.aspx#developer

    Alternately, you may wish to pursue a professional certification that will have more value on your resume, such as a MCSD. Note that MTA exams are cheaper (sometimes free for college students if offered through their college) than professional certification exams.

    Based on your interests in C# and ASP.NET, I would suggest you work towards the MCSD: Web Applications title, here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsd-web-apps-certification.aspx

    It requires you to pass three (3) exams: 70-480 or 70-483 (pick one), 70-486, and 70-487. Once you pass 70-480 or 70-483 you also will earn a Specialist certification, shown here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/specialist-certification.aspx

    Note that each of the pages I mentioned above give links to the certification exams. To pass the exams, you must study each topics shown in the exam description. I recommend using http://msdn.microsoft.com and Google search for topics on peoples' blogs to fill in your knowledge gaps.

    As well, you may want to buy a study book from Amazon for the exams. Note what people state on the book reviews to tell how good the book is. Here is one for the C# (70-483) exam:
    http://www.amazon.com/Exam-Ref-70-483-Programming-MCSD/dp/0735676828

    As well, I recommend chatting with others on the certification forums for Microsoft exams. For example, here is the forum for the Visual Studio:https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/forums/f/567

    One last tip - don't ever give up! These exams are hard! There are plenty of people who never become certified or gave up after failing an exam. Just try again and pass it next time or the time after that. Your transcript does not reveal the number of attempts; just passed exams.

    Microsoft is offering a deal for four (4) free retakes if you fail the exam the first few times. Check them out here:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/offers.aspx

    I recommend studying for the exam that will be easiest for you. Is it C# (70-483) or HTML5 (70-480)? Then pass the remaining two exams, 70-486 and 70-487.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    • Marked as answer by waterbrain Monday, March 21, 2016 6:17 AM
    Monday, March 21, 2016 2:20 AM
    Answerer
  • Thank you very very much Davin Mickelson for your brief information about my question.
    Monday, March 21, 2016 6:01 AM