Microsoft Visual Studio certifications

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

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

The fundamentals of IT

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level

The skills for your professional career

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Expert level

The globally recognized standard for developers

Web Applications
Application Lifecycle Management
Universal Windows Platform


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 titleRequired exam
Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 SpecialistTake exam 480
Programming in C# SpecialistTake exam 483

Other certifications

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

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.

StepTitleRequired examCertification earned
1Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#Take exam 484Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Windows Store Apps
2Advanced 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.

StepTitleRequired examCertification earned
1Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3Take exam 480Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Web Applications
2Upgrade your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications Take exam 492