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Lost on paths to certifications. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have been a developer for twenty years and have several times thought about getting MS certifications. Each time I look into doing so I get lost trying to figure out what to do. The requirements and even the titles seem to be in constant flux and I can't seem to find a single source that will show me what I need to study and what tests I need to take to get some type of certification. Can anyone suggest a clear, up to date source that can answer questions like:

    How do I get certified to be a desktop application programmer? (WPF I guess)

    How do I get certified to be a web programmer? (ASP.NET)

    I would like a simple list of possible certifications and a simple list of exams that I need to take to get them.

    Thanks for any help.


    Rick

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:56 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Here goes.

    With respect to developing web applications by using ASP.Net, the most current certification is the MCSD for Visual Studio 2012. To complete this certification track, you need to pass three exams; 70-480, 70-486 and 70-487.  Here is a link to the page with all of the details: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsd-web-apps-certification.aspx#fbid=FBxtxK8sG1O

    Microsoft Learning has recently redesigned the certification web pages. I find them much easier to use now.

    With respect to developing Windows applications (WPF), the most current certification is the MCPD for Visual Studio 2010 (Microsoft only released certifications for the new Windows Store apps for Visual Studio 2012. There is no desktop application certification for Visual Studio 2012)

    Four exams are required for the MCPD Windows Developer track; 70-511, 70-513, 70-516, and 70-518. Here is a page with all of the links: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcpd-certification.aspx#fbid=FBxtxK8sG1O

    Please let me know what other questions you have.

    Thanks


    Mike Corkery, MCT, MVP (Office Systems), MCSD (Windows Store Apps), MCITP, MCPD, MSF, etc. Please do not forget to click “Vote as Helpful” if any post helps you and "Mark as Answer”if it solves the issue.

    • Proposed as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Friday, May 10, 2013 10:26 AM
    • Marked as answer by Belmiris Friday, May 10, 2013 11:12 AM
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:33 PM
    Moderator
  • Everyone loves a picture :-)

    There are several versions of the Skills Development Roadmap, this is my favourite and most complete.

    A higher definition pdf file is available too


    • Edited by DataCruncher Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:38 AM
    • Marked as answer by Belmiris Friday, May 10, 2013 11:12 AM
    Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:37 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Here goes.

    With respect to developing web applications by using ASP.Net, the most current certification is the MCSD for Visual Studio 2012. To complete this certification track, you need to pass three exams; 70-480, 70-486 and 70-487.  Here is a link to the page with all of the details: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsd-web-apps-certification.aspx#fbid=FBxtxK8sG1O

    Microsoft Learning has recently redesigned the certification web pages. I find them much easier to use now.

    With respect to developing Windows applications (WPF), the most current certification is the MCPD for Visual Studio 2010 (Microsoft only released certifications for the new Windows Store apps for Visual Studio 2012. There is no desktop application certification for Visual Studio 2012)

    Four exams are required for the MCPD Windows Developer track; 70-511, 70-513, 70-516, and 70-518. Here is a page with all of the links: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcpd-certification.aspx#fbid=FBxtxK8sG1O

    Please let me know what other questions you have.

    Thanks


    Mike Corkery, MCT, MVP (Office Systems), MCSD (Windows Store Apps), MCITP, MCPD, MSF, etc. Please do not forget to click “Vote as Helpful” if any post helps you and "Mark as Answer”if it solves the issue.

    • Proposed as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Friday, May 10, 2013 10:26 AM
    • Marked as answer by Belmiris Friday, May 10, 2013 11:12 AM
    Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:33 PM
    Moderator
  • Everyone loves a picture :-)

    There are several versions of the Skills Development Roadmap, this is my favourite and most complete.

    A higher definition pdf file is available too


    • Edited by DataCruncher Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:38 AM
    • Marked as answer by Belmiris Friday, May 10, 2013 11:12 AM
    Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:37 AM