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Certification in MCPD C# RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am from India and I have done a small 2-3 month C#.net course. I dont have any programming background or any programming certification apart from this course. I am an Arts graduate. But I am willing to pursue my career in software development. I really love programming and want to do certification in MCPD C#.

    I just wants to know:
    1. Is there any prior certification is required before giving MCPD exam for C#?
    2. I am looking for Exam 70-483, is it mandatory have 1 year experience for this?
    3. What is the exam fee?
    4. How they actually conduct exam? An online test or some exam center?
    5. How often I can give exam for certification in a year?
    6. Any recommend certification which I can do instead of MCPD because I am completely new?
    Please provide this information and any recommended exam which I should do before putting my hand over MCPD and some info about that course. I would be extremely thankful to you.
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:24 AM

Answers

  • Hi, KrishnaaX.

    Congratulations on learning C#! I will answer your questions as directly as possible.

    1. No - there is no certification required to take any of the Microsoft exams. You can no longer receive the outdated MCPD certification. Instead, you would receive the Specialist: Programming in C# certification title by passing exam 70-483. This is a pretty sweet certification to have! You can learn about the skills measure in the exam as well as all the preparation options available here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-483.aspx

    2. No experience is required. Instead, it is merely suggested you have a at least one year of experience.

    3. The exam fee is different in each country. I suggest you register an account using a Microsoft Live ID as you email address at http://register.prometric.com. Here, you will see how much it costs to take an exam.

    4. You will take a proctored (somebody watching) exam at a Prometric exam center. Prometric is worldwide. It is a timed exam on a computer. You will be watched by security cameras to make sure you don't cheat. You cannot use any books, your smartphone, or the Internet to look up answers. Most questions are multiple choice or drag and drop. No refunds if you fail. Learn more about the exam process here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/certification-exam-policies.aspx

    5. You can take as many exams per year as you want but there are restrictions about how soon you can retake exams if you fail.

    6. The 70-483 exam gives you a Specialist certification. The older MCPD is based on Visual Studio 2010 and cannot be achieved with 70-483. Instead, it can be used to earn the newer MCSD certification, described here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsd-certification.aspx

    Alternately, many folks new to IT prefer to take on the easier MTA certifications before going for the professional certifications. You can learn about the developer MTA certifications here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mta-certification.aspx#developer

    If you'd like to take some free online training, be sure to check out Microsoft Virtual Academy here:
    http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:51 AM
    Answerer

All replies

  • Hi, KrishnaaX.

    Congratulations on learning C#! I will answer your questions as directly as possible.

    1. No - there is no certification required to take any of the Microsoft exams. You can no longer receive the outdated MCPD certification. Instead, you would receive the Specialist: Programming in C# certification title by passing exam 70-483. This is a pretty sweet certification to have! You can learn about the skills measure in the exam as well as all the preparation options available here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-483.aspx

    2. No experience is required. Instead, it is merely suggested you have a at least one year of experience.

    3. The exam fee is different in each country. I suggest you register an account using a Microsoft Live ID as you email address at http://register.prometric.com. Here, you will see how much it costs to take an exam.

    4. You will take a proctored (somebody watching) exam at a Prometric exam center. Prometric is worldwide. It is a timed exam on a computer. You will be watched by security cameras to make sure you don't cheat. You cannot use any books, your smartphone, or the Internet to look up answers. Most questions are multiple choice or drag and drop. No refunds if you fail. Learn more about the exam process here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/certification-exam-policies.aspx

    5. You can take as many exams per year as you want but there are restrictions about how soon you can retake exams if you fail.

    6. The 70-483 exam gives you a Specialist certification. The older MCPD is based on Visual Studio 2010 and cannot be achieved with 70-483. Instead, it can be used to earn the newer MCSD certification, described here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsd-certification.aspx

    Alternately, many folks new to IT prefer to take on the easier MTA certifications before going for the professional certifications. You can learn about the developer MTA certifications here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mta-certification.aspx#developer

    If you'd like to take some free online training, be sure to check out Microsoft Virtual Academy here:
    http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:51 AM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    Thank you very much.  At least, I got a chance to know, that there is no experience is mandatory.  I also follow your advice about MTA.  I will start preparing for MCSD and MTA from now onwards and when I feel I am ready I will go ahead to give the exam.

    One very last question, apart from MTA and MCSD...what are other certifications I can do for C#.net programming.

    Once again, thank you very very much for the info.

    Regards,

    Krishnaa



    • Edited by KrishnaaX Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:46 AM
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:40 AM
  • Remember - the MTA exams are optional. They are intended to help college students and people new to IT become familiar with certification, but are certainly not required. You can think of them as being an optional stepping stone to the MCSD professional certification. The MTA exams are easier than the MCSD exams.

    Note that if you earn your MCSD, you will have to recertify every two (2) years to keep it active. That keeps us busy.

    There are four different MCSD titles available, shown here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsd-certification.aspx

    Click one of the blue boxes to see the list of exams required to earn the MCSD title.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:44 AM
    Answerer