Microsoft Visual Studio certifications
Choose a certification below:
The fundamentals of IT
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
The globally recognised standard for developers
Microsoft Visual Studio certification exams 480 and 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 C# Specialist||483|
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
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: .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
Upgrade paths for Visual Studio certification
- Visual Studio 2010 certification to Visual Studio 2012
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# Take exam 484 2 Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# Take exam 485
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: Microsoft Azure Developer
Upgrade to the MCSD: Web Applications by taking these exams.