Which Microsoft certification would be a good choice for an entry-level programmer? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am an associate software engineer with an IT experience in the stream of .NET for 4.5 months. I've been trained on the basics of C# with .NET 3.5 framework, and am currently part of a project team that deals with various Microsoft client applications.

    In my engineering semester vacations, I had completed a portion of HTML5 App Development Fundamentals with CSS3 from MVA. In my company's training program for entry-level programmers, I was trained on C# with .NET framework 3.5, where I gained knowledge on the basics of WPF, WCF, MVC, LINQ and SQL Server. I am currently working on few C# maintenance tasks.

    Which certification would be ideal for an amateur programmer like me? 

    I was confused about MCPD and MCSD, but after doing a bit of research, I realized that the MCPD is now retired. I was looking at possible options with MCSD, and thought 70-480 and 70-483 would be good choices.

    Please help me out on this front.

    Friday, March 6, 2015 8:58 AM


  • Yes, both 70-480 and 70-483 are good choices t get started on your way towards the MCSD. Each of them will get you a "Spacialist" certification, and counts as credit towards the MCSD.

    If you are very new to certification, you may wish to consider starting with an MTA before attempting the MCP exams:


    For instance, 361, 363, 372 or 375 may be adequate for you. 

    Friday, March 6, 2015 10:01 AM