Get Credit Towards Certification with your Windows Store Apps

Larry Kaye

10/07/14 Update: Due to popular demand, the pilot has been extended through June 2015, and opened to an additional 500 candidates worldwide.  Also, Microsoft Learning will now award certification credit for Windows Store Apps that have already been published.


Just in case you didn't get a chance to read this week's MCP newsletter, here's info on an exciting new certification pilot program we launched today...

To align with the needs of software developers for a real-world performance-based alternative to exams for validating their technical skills, Microsoft Learning is partnering with the Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) team to launch an App Review To Cert Pilot in July 2014.


In this program, HTML5/WinJS or C#/XAML developers will receive their MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification by completing the following activities:

  1. A 2-4 hour live (via Lync) technical review of their applications by the PFE App Consult team, and successfully addressing any identified must-fix issues.  Apps will be evaluated based on implementation of features corresponding to key Windows Store Essentials (481 or 484) exam objectives:
  • Design the UI layout and structure
  • Design and implement Process Lifecycle Management
  • Plan for application deployment
  • Implement Search and Share
  • Manage application settings and preferences
  • Create layout-aware apps to handle windowing modes
  • Design and implement data presentation, the app/nav bar, and navigation in an app
  • Create and manage tiles
  • Manage input devices
  • Retrieve data remotely

2. Submission and acceptance of their application to the Windows Store

3. Passing the associated Advanced Windows Store (482 or 485) exam in the certification path


Registration for the pilot program is open July 3-Sept 1 and is limited to the first 100 applicants meeting the following qualifications:

  1. Must reside in United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or India
  2. Must have an original application that they alone have authored which:

  • has not yet been submitted to the Windows Store
  • will be ready for submission within 2 weeks of registration in the pilot program

To earn the exam credit, all activities must be completed within 90 days of acceptance into the pilot program.


To apply for this program, please send an email to

  • Christopher Reed - MCT
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    Hey, Larry, this may be premature, but would y'all be considering this for recertification as well?

  • Larry Kaye
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    Hi, Christopher:

    Great suggestion - we'll collect feedback during the pilot to determine possible next steps.


  • Drew
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    +1 on recertification

  • Jean Ressouche
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    This program seems amazing ! Any chance to see it in Europe (France) one day if the pilot is a success ?

  • Larry Kaye
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    @Jean - If the pilot is a success, we will be looking into opportunities to extend the reach of the program.

  • Jean Ressouche
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    Great, thanks Larry.

  • Rachel Jones (MCT Regional Lead - Western US)

    This is a great and opportunity!

  • Briseña
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    Great initiatives..feel encouraged to create an app..thank you!

  • Santhosh Kumar Iyer
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    Hi Larry, would the AppRevToCert team be kind enough to consider people who have ALREADY submitted apps to Windows Store? I had participated in a Microsoft Dev Camp wherein I went to Microsoft's "Pit Crew" office to actually get my app reviewed and after a series of reviews was finally given a GO signoff. It would be kind of redundant to go thru the process again.

  • Larry Kaye
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    @Santhosh - great suggestion.  Working with the PFE team now to determine when we can enhance the program with this post-release option.  Stay tuned!