Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The globally recognized standard for developers

Become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and prove your ability to build innovative solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premises and in the cloud.

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Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

What is the difference between the new MCSD: App Builder specialty and the other MCSD specialties?

The new MCSD certification is aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers. This credential does not have a recertification requirement. Instead, the achievement date signifies how you keep up with changes to the technology. Every year, you have the opportunity to re-earn the certification by passing an exam from the list of electives, demonstrating your investment in broadening or deepening your skills in the Center of Excellence. Each time you earn the certification, a new certification entry is added to your transcript. This process replaces the existing recertification requirement of taking a specific recertification exam every two years to prevent your certification from going inactive.

What happens to the MCSD certifications that I earned prior to September 2016?

All MCSD certifications released prior to September 2016 will be retired on March 31, 2017.

All active MCSD certifications remain active on your transcript until retirement of the corresponding technologies, at which point the certifications are moved to the Legacy section of your transcript.

Is there an upgrade path for me if I have previously earned an MCSD certification?

To recognize your efforts in keeping your existing MCSD certification up-to-date, all individuals with active MCSD certifications from the following list will earn the MCSD: App Builder certification for 2016, without the need to take additional exams:

  • MCSD: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCSD: SharePoint Applications
Is there an upgrade path for me if I was working toward an existing MCSD certification but have not yet earned it?

All individuals who have passed a qualifying elective exam since January 1, 2016, will be granted the corresponding MCSD: App Builder certification for 2016, without the need to take additional exams, if they have met all exam requirements.

What is the recertification requirement for all MCSD specialties other than MCSD: App Builder?

To recertify your MCSD certification, you must pass the applicable recertification exam once every two years.

Recertification exams cover material from the exams taken to originally earn the credential, with particular emphasis on the most recent product and process changes.

Learn the benefits of certification

MCSD is number three in a new survey of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time.