Posted by: rcosic | 13/09/2010

New wave of certifications released for Visual Studio 2010 – .NET Framework 4

Microsoft has (again) changed the way certifications are achieved – now we’re back to the .NET 1.1 style of “general purpose” exams. So, instead of having exams like WPF, WF, WCF, ADO, etc. we have something like “Data Access” and so.. Ooops, there is actually WCF exam (but where the heck are the others?). And also, there is no more EAD certification. Phew! I really like it. It sounded like a COLLECT’EM ALL CERTIFICATE! So, instead of THREE different MCPD credentials, you have choice of getting two:

MCPD Windows Developer 4
MCPD Web Developer 4

Each cert assumes you passed 4 MCTS exams (why don’t we just call them “exams”, and not MCxxxx).
The required exams and required paths you can review here:

MCPD Windows Developer 4 exams:

  • Exam 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-518: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

MCPD Web Developer 4 exams:

  • Exam 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Exam 70-519: PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

The exams are published on 02.06.2010.

So, one possible “pattern” would be to pass: 1. Windows App Dev (or Web App Dev), 2. WCF, 3. Data Access, and then corresponding PRO exam. Later on, you could pass Web App Dev (or Windows if you took Web first), and the corresponding PRO exam. That would take you 4+2 exams to get double MCPD. Enjoy!

In case of upgrade from Visual Studio 2008 / .NET Framework 3.5 , you should pass only ONE exam:

  • from MCPD: Windows Developer 3.5 or MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 (so,  “downgrade”):

Exam 70-521: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD Windows Developer 3.5, or Enterprise Application Developer 3.5, Skills to MCPD Windows Developer 4

  • from MCPD: ASP.NET Developer 3.5 or MCPD Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 (also, a “downgrade”):

Exam 70-523: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD ASP.NET Developer 3.5, or Enterprise Application Developer 3.5, Skills to MCPD Web Developer 4

These upgrade exams are not yet published.

Visual Studio Certification official site

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