How To Become A Microsoft Certified Developer

There Has Never Been A Better Time To Become Microsoft Certified

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After finishing running a week-long MVC training course (Course 20486B), I had an interesting “good-bye” discussion with the delegates about what their plans are pertaining to actually sitting for the Microsoft exam and booking for the next training. The responses I got were very interesting!

The first thing I noticed early in the conversation is that there is not much knowledge about how one can really get to become a Microsoft Certified Developer, and secondly that there is a great sense of fear about sitting for the actual exam. Granted that Microsoft offers a whole array of certified courses, the formula to actually get certified is simple. The steps are as follows:

1) Go on training provided by a Microsoft Certified Partner (some courses are 1 day, 3 days or 5 days max)

2) Study further and take some practice exam questions.

3) Book for the exam (either through the training institution where you got trained or book online

4) Sit for the exam!

That’s it. Nice and simple. The next part of the question is how do you become a Microsoft Certified Developer? Microsoft offers a certification called Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer which is the global certification standard recognized all around the world.  The certification has four possible paths that you can take (there is nothing stopping you from taking up all certifications!) which are:

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Each of these certification paths has exams associated with it. So if you are interested in becoming an MCSD certified Sharepoint Developer then you would need to sit for the exams associated with that certification path. The exam lists (per certification path) are as follows:

MCSD:Windows Store Apps

Option 1: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5
Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
1 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML
2 Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
3 Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript
Option 2: Windows Store Apps Using C#
Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
1 Programming in C#
2 Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
3 Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

MCSD:Web Applications

Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
1 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
MCSD:Web Applications
2 Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
3 Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services

MCSD: SharePoint Applications

Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
1 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
MCSD: SharePoint Applications
2 Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
3 Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
4 Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
1 Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management
2 Software Testing with Visual Studio
3 Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management

So depending on which path you use to take, there is a certification for you!

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