New MCPD certification: Windows Phone Developer!

Krista Wall (Microsoft)

Introducing MCPD: Windows Phone Developer

Industry forecasts indicate that Windows Phone will become the second most popular mobile operating system by 2015. Do not get left behind! The new Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification on Windows Phone helps validate a candidate's knowledge and skills on designing and developing applications for the Windows Phone platform. Candidates can earn the Windows Phone Developer MCPD by passing these three required exams:

  • 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development
  • 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework
  • 70-599: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications

Some Other Stuff You Should Know About This Certification

  • Transcript visibility delayed. While customers can begin earning the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification at any time by passing the three required exams listed above, the certification will not be visible on a candidate's transcript until late September 2011.
  • Recertification required. Windows Phone technology is updated frequently. As a result, the skills required to be a successful Windows Phone developer will evolve rapidly. To ensure that developers who hold the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification keep pace with the evolution of Windows Phone skills, they will be required to recertify every two years in  order to demonstrate continued competence as the skills needed to develop applications on Windows Phone change. Through recertification, we can maintain the value of the certification as the technology changes over time. More information about this recertification requirement will be provided at a later date.
  • Your beta exam scores. Though 70-599 is now available in Prometric testing centers, it does take awhile for them to process the beta rescores--up to two weeks after the live exam is published. If you don't hear anything from Prometric in another week, give their customer service a ring, and have your registration ID handy. 

Get Training on Windows Phone 7

Some great resources are available to help developers get started on the Windows Phone platform:

See the table below for information about training materials and learning plans that map to these exams. 


Classroom training

Microsoft Press books

Learning Plan

Exam 70-516 TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

10265A: Developing Data Access Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-516): Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Learning Plan for Exam 70-516

Exam 70-506 TS: Silverlight 4, Development

10553A: Fundamentals of XAML and Expression Blend1

10554A: Developing Rich Internet Applications using Microsoft Silverlight 42 

Not available

Learning Plan for Exam 70-506


Exam 70-599 PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications3

Not available

Not available

Learning Plan for Exam 70-599 








  1. Releases July 2011
  2. Releases August 2011
  3. Note that candidates who earn the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification will be required to show continued competence in this technology area by recertifying every two years.


  • Anonymous
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    Proud to say we have one on staff already! @DavidRGardiner passed all three exams in beta.

  • Anonymous
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    Same here Rob! Proud do say we have one on staff already. @CaioProiete passed all three exames in beta as well.

  • Krista Wall (Microsoft)
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    Congratulations, DavidRGardiner and CaioProiete!

  • Anonymous
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    Hey Now;

    Great news for the exam for WP7

    Thx 4 the info;


  • Anonymous
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  • Anonymous
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    The Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification validates a comprehensive set of skills that are necessary to develop applications successfully by using Microsoft Visual Studio, the Microsoft .NET Framework, and other development technologies. The MCPD certification is designed to provide hiring managers with a strong indicator of your potential job success. It requires two to three years of relevant experience and a commitment to remaining current in best practices and technologies.

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