Microsoft Visual Studio certifications

Earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification and prove your skills in building Windows 8 apps using your choice of programming approaches, including C# and HTML5 with JavaScript.

Have you heard about the upcoming Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 updates?

Read the FAQ below to learn how we are updating our certifications

Choose a certification below:

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

The fundamentals of IT

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Expert level

The globally recognised standard for developers

Specialisations

Exam 480 and Exam 483 validate programming skills in a specific language. By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification. In addition, you will complete one of the exam requirements for an MCSD.

Certification title

Required exam

Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Specialist

Programming in C# Specialist

Exam 353 validates skills associated with applying Microsoft user experience (UX) guidelines to the design of Windows 8 Store applications. By passing this exam, you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification. This certification complements the skills validated in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification.

Certification title

Required exam

Windows UX Design Specialist

Other certifications

The lifespan of a certification varies, based on the certification track and certification technology. See lists of withdrawn exams and withdrawn certifications.

MCTS certifications validate your in-depth technical knowledge of and skill in using the features and functionality of key technology areas in Visual Studio. The MCTS is a prerequisite to earning one of our Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certifications.

MCTS: Visual Studio 2010

Certification title

Required exam

MCTS: Silverlight 4, Development

506

MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications

511

MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

513

MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications

515

MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

516

MCPD certifications validate a comprehensive set of skills that are necessary to design, build and deploy applications successfully by using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework. This certification builds on the MCTS certification.

MCPD: Visual Studio 2010

To earn the MCPD: Windows Developer 4, you must have the following certifications:

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

and then take this exam.

Title

Required exam

PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

518

To earn the MCPD: Web Developer 4, you must have the following certifications:

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

and then take this exam.

Title

Required exam

PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

519

To earn the MCPD: Windows Azure Developer, you must have the following certifications:

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

and then take this exam.

Title

Required exam

PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications

583

To earn the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer, you must have the following certifications:

  • MCTS: Silverlight 4, Development

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

and then take this exam.

Title

Required exam

PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications

599

Upgrade paths

If you have already earned an MCPD on Visual Studio 2010, you may be eligible to take advantage of a shorter upgrade path to achieve an MCSD certification.

If you have this current certification:

  • MCPD: Windows Developer 4

Upgrade to the MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# by taking these exams.

Step

Title

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

MCSD:Windows Store Apps

2

Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

There is no upgrade path to earn MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5.

If you have either of these certifications:

  • MCPD: Web Developer 4

  • MCPD: Windows Azure Developer

Upgrade to the MCSD: Web Applications by taking these exams.

Step

Title

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

MCSD:Windows Store Apps

2

Upgrade your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications

If you currently hold an MCPD certification on Visual Studio 2008, you can take advantage of one or more of our streamlined upgrade paths to transition your skills and certifications to Visual Studio 2010.

If you have this current certification:

  • MCPD: Windows Developer 3.5

  • MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5

Upgrade to the MCPD: Windows Developer 4, MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications, and MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access by taking this exam.

Step

Title

Required exam

1

Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Developer Skills to MCPD .NET 4 Windows Applications Developer

521

If you have this current certification:

  • MCPD: ASP.NET Developer 3.5

  • MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5

Upgrade to the MCPD: Windows Developer 4, MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications, and MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access by taking this exam.

Step

Title

Required exam

1

Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Web Developer Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web Developer

523

Frequently asked questions

Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certifications or the exams.

A.

Our certification exams and Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) offerings will be updated as follows:

  • 18 November 2013: MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5 (70-481, 70-482) exams will be updated with Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 content.

  • 2 December 2013: MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C# (70-484, 70-485) exams will be updated with Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 content.

  • January 2014: MOC offerings related to these exams will be updated with Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 content.

  • February 2014: Recertification options will be made available for:

    • MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5

    • MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C#

A.

We encourage you to continue down the path for your certification. Exams that are currently in market will continue to count toward credit for the associated certification, and courses that are in market are a great way to help you prepare. Beginning in November 2013, existing exams and MOC will be replaced by exams and MOC that include the updated content.

A.

Details on the exam updates are now available for review in the “Skills measured” section of each exam details page.

  • 70-481: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
  • 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#
A.

As the new technology updates become available, you will see a variety of training offered through Microsoft Learning Partners. These resources include First Look clinics, hands-on labs and courses using Microsoft Official Course content. In addition, many training resources are available to you directly through the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

To learn about the updates to Windows Store App Development Using C#, we recommend reviewing recordings from these Jump Start courses:

To learn about the updates to Windows Store App Development Using HTML5, we recommend reviewing the recording from this Jump Start course:

Updated Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) for Windows Store apps will be available in January 2014.