Exam/Certification Update - MCSD: Web Applications

Exam/Certification Update - MCSD: Web Applications

Larry Kaye - MSL

To stay aligned with how developers build Web applications, the Microsoft Learning Experiences team is making a few exciting updates to the MCSD: Web Applications certification:

 

1. CHOICE:  Web application development often requires a combination of programming languages for implementation, so students now have a choice of two exams to fulfill the language requirement (Step 1) for earning the MCSD: Web Applications certification:

The added flexibility provides a convenient path for desktop and enterprise developers transitioning to cloud computing.

 

2. COVERAGE: The past year has seen Web application development evolve with the use of technologies such as ASP.NET MVC5, WebAPI2, Entity Framework 6, Azure Portal, and Visual Studio 2013.  To help students stay current, the following exams will be updated in March 2014:

At least one month prior to the update, details on the original and revised exam objectives will be made available for review in the Skills Measured section of each Exam Detail web page.

Also in March 2014, recertification options for maintaining the MCSD: Web Applications credential will be made available.

 

3. CONVENIENCE: We recognize that developers rely on self-study materials to stay current with technology.  So, in addition to instructor-led courses, we've grown our developer library of recorded video training on Microsoft Virtual Academy.  Here are the most recent offerings to help students prepare for the updated Web application development exams:

  1. Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start (Exam 486)
  2. Developing Windows Azure and Web Services Jump Start (Exam 487)
Comments
  • Anton Borisov
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    Will we need to recertificate to maintain current (2012) MCSD: Web Applications credential after March?

  • Christopher Reed - MCT
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    Anton, you have to recertify every two years, so you would only need to do that when your certification has expired.

  • Christopher Reed - MCT
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    Larry, what about Visual Basic?  Will a class/exam be made available as VB is still a viable option for this type of development?

  • Jorge Mario Apodaca Mendoza
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    This is great, but i have some doubts:

    1. I already passed 70-480 exam, so, it's better if a wait to take the next exams 70-486 and 70-487 in March ?

    2. If a take the 70-486 and 70-487 between this month and next one, i will need to take some kind of upgrade exam for this update on March?

    Regards

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @CA

    At this time, there are no plans to release new courses/exams on VB development.

    Larry

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @Jorge

    If you are ready to take exams 486 and 487 now, I suggest that you do so.  Once you are awarded your MCSD: Web Applications certification, you will not need to recertify for a period of two years.

    Certification aside, to ensure that you stay up-to-date on the technologies, I would recommend reviewing the Jump Start sessions that I referenced in the blog.

    Larry

  • Davin Mickelson
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    I have so many questions about recertification, I think it is worthy of another blog entry.

    Will the recertification process be limited to one exam?

    Will it have it's own unique exam number with its own exam description web page?

    Can a person by retaking all three required exams instead?

    Has Microsoft removed the restriction that we cannot retake passed exams?

    Can I retake a recertification exam if I passed it a year ago to move out my Inactive date?

    If I take the recertification exam before my MCSD expires, is it only restarting the two-year timer or adding two more years and will I get another title on my transcript?

    Will a passed recertification exam it show up on my transcript as another passed exam?

    Should I wait until my MCSD becomes labeled "Inactive"?

    Separate topic: Can you give us an exact date (March 14th?) of when the new MCSD updated exams become active at Prometric like you did for the updated store-front app exams?

    Thank you very much, Larry, for any guidance.

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @Davin

    You're absolutely right - recertification is worthy of a separate blog entry, and I will be posting one as soon as we finalize the details of our recertification options (hopefully, within the next few weeks).

    With respect to the release date for the updated MCSD: Web Apps exams, I hope to have that nailed down within the next few weeks, as well, and plan to provide another comprehensive blog post on the changes at that time.

    Stay tuned,

    Larry

  • Richard Buckingham
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    Re: "Web application development often requires a combination of programming languages for implementation, so students now have a choice of two exams to fulfill the language requirement (Step 1) for earning the MCSD: Web Applications certification:"

    Can I confirm that this change applies to the Visual Studio 2012 MCSD: Web Applications certification?  Or does it only apply to the Visual Studio 2013 MCSD: Web Applications certification?

  • Richard Buckingham
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    Re: "Web application development often requires a combination of programming languages for implementation, so students now have a choice of two exams to fulfill the language requirement (Step 1) for earning the MCSD: Web Applications certification:"

    So I can become a certified web developer without being examined on html, css or javascript?

  • Christopher Reed - MCT
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    @Richard, I'm sure Larry will address this, but it is my understanding that the purpose for recertification is to get away from having certifications targeted to specific versions.  In other words, it does not matter whether you were originally certified using VS 2012 because in two years, you will need to recertify under VS 2013 (or VS 2014, if it's active at the time).  This adds value to these certs as opposed to a certification for .NET 3.5, which I have and it's still active and rather meaningless in light of the newer features in .NET 4.0, 4.5, and 4.5.1.  I'm glad I have that certification, but it will not help me going forward (though I can still teach VS 2008 classes as an MCT, though no one's taking those classes any more).  On the other hand, I see the value in maintaining the same certification for years to come by recertifying every two years.

    Regarding your second comment about becoming "a certified web developer without being examined on html, css, or javascript", you still need the knowledge for the 486 exam (at least) as you still have to use HTML, etc., in MVC.

    Christopher

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @Christopher - Thanks for stepping in with your feedback and support of current certifications.

    @Richard - As Christopher mentioned, MCSD was designed as an expert-level certification that is product-version agnostic (so there's no reference to VS 2012 or VS 2013 in the cert title on your transcript).  Developers would validate that they are keeping up to date on the underlying technologies via recertification every two years.  With respect to opening up the language exam requirement, Christopher is again correct that you will be tested on both HTML and C# skills as you complete Exams 486 and 487.

    @All - By all means, please keep up the dialogue.  Love to get your feedback and address any questions/concerns that you have.

    Larry

  • Richard Buckingham
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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the responses :-)

    Cheers, Richard.

  • Andrew Rena
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    Newbie question, does that mean I can either take 70-480 or 70-483? Thanks

  • Richard Buckingham
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    Hi Andrew,

    Yes, that is my understanding, we can either take 70-480 or 70-483.

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