Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The globally recognised 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 recertification requirement?

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

Between August 2014 and March 2015, recertification exams will be released for all MCSE and MCSD specialities. Recertification exams will cover material from the exams taken to originally earn the credential, with particular emphasis on the most recent product and process changes. Recertification deadlines for all MCSE and MCSD credential holders will be examined and adjusted, if needed, to ensure that these individuals have at least 12 months to take and pass the recertification exam.

How can I find out when new MCSD certifications are released?

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I'm pursuing an MCPD on Visual Studio 2010 certification. Should I finish it, or should I wait for the new certifications?

Achieving an MCPD on Visual Studio 2010 certification enables you to take advantage of a shorter path to upgrade your certification to the new MCSD certifications. Additionally, you can demonstrate your skills on both versions of the product.

How long will I be able to earn an MCPD or MCTS certification on Visual Studio 2008 or Visual Studio 2010?

You will be able to achieve an MCPD or MCTS certification on Visual Studio 2010 until July 2015. The MCPD and MCTS certifications on Visual Studio 2008 were withdrawn on 31 July 2013.

Why did the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications replace the old Microsoft Certified Solution Developer certifications?

The Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credential focuses on the ability to design and build application solutions that may include integrating multiple technologies and may span multiple versions of a single technology. It also demonstrates a candidate's commitment to remaining current on the latest technologies through recertification.

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 analysing 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.