MCSD is outdated. Become an MCPD instead!

August 9, 2007 at 4:25 pm 1 comment

I’ve been thinking about getting Microsoft Certification for years. I remember sitting at my desk at Intel, back in 1998, taking a break from C++ debugging in VS5 and browsing the Microsoft Certification web site. I read the requirements and decided that I would like to be an MCSD. Well, life goes on, and getting married, buying a house, traveling, going to grad school, becoming a dad, and generally having a really great time all took priority over certification. And I’m pretty quite happy about those choices!

Now, I’ve got a ton of experience  in C, C++, MFC, ATL and COM programming as well as some pretty respectable VB programming experience going all the way back to VB 4.0. I’m currently working on my first VB2005 project for one of my company’s clients, but I’d like to strengthen that experience with certification so that  future clients know I’m prepared to do .NET programming. That’s why I think this a good time for me to get MS certification. So, I bought a used copy of the MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit. I got a good deal on it too! Two days ago I started posting about starting the certification process, and started studying for my MCSD.

But this morning, while surfing blogs, looking for posts by people studying for, or who had passed the MCSD exams, I discovered that the MCSD is no longer the preferred certification for developers. Microsoft has a “New Generation of Certifications“. The certification that is most appropriate for the work I am doing is MCPD: Windows Developer. Here are the requirements for getting this certification:

  1. Pass the two exams required for a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications:
    • Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation
    • Exam 70-526: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development

  2. Pass Exam 70–548: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework.

 So, the next step for me is to get a study guide for exam Exam 70-536. Microsoft has a self-paced training kit: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation. I’ll probably take a look at it. Does anyone have any other recommendations?

8/9/07 3:45 PM Update: I bought the book.

8/16/07 Update: I finished the first lesson. If you want to join me, start here: Join me in studying for MCTS exam 70-536.

Entry filed under: .NET, MCPD, MCSD, MCTS, Visual Basic.

VB.NET: Lesson 1-1 The .NET Framework and the CLR Study Topics for Microsoft Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Neil Cairns  |  March 16, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Thats a really interesting article. As the UK is having a crap time (like most other countries) I am looking at retraining. I once (1999) ventured to Uni to do a degreee in Software Engineering, but left early and never fininshed.

    Now, that I am older and wiser (ok, maybe just older!), im looking to gain a professional computer certification. There doesnt seem to be anyone who can point me in the right direction really, so I have decided that it is either a MCSE/A/D etc or go down the CISCO route… Im still not sure. I have bought many different books off eBay but im not sure if im just confusing myself!!

    Your article was interesting as I have not heard anyone here talk of the MCPD.

    I will certianly look into this more.


    Neil Cairns


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