Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

The globally recognised standard for developers

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.

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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 specialties. 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.

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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.

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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 The MCPD and MCTS certifications on Visual Studio 2008 were withdrawn on 31 July 2013.

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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.