Time is running out to upgrade your MCPD Visual Studio 2008 (.NET 3.5) and earn the MCPD: Azure Developer

July 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Certification Paths, Microsoft | Leave a comment
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In a little under two weeks, the exams that allow you to upgrade your MCPD certifications in Visual Studio 2008 (the .NET Framework 3.5 technologies) will expire, never to return. But if you act between now and July 31, 2014, you can still sign up to take a single upgrade exam, and thereby pole-vault over the many MCTS 2010 requirements.

Exam 70-521:  If you already have a  MCPD: Windows Developer 3.5 or MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 certification, this exam upgrades you to Windows Developer 4.

Exam 70-523: If you already have a MCPD: ASP.NET Developer 3.5 or MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 certification, this exam upgrades you to Web Developer 4.

To add an extra layer of confusion, Microsoft simplified (thankfully) the names for its Visual Studio 2010 certifications once it started developing the Visual Studio 2012 certifications. If you go to the exam detail pages, you’ll see the upgrade certifications called MCPD .NET 4 Windows Applications Developer and  MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web Developer; however, these correspond to the MCPD titles listed above.

Other Visual Studio exams expiring this month are:

  • Exam 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development
  • Exam 70-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
  • Exam 98-362: Windows Development Fundamentals

This Azure Pro exam also expires in July. This exam is one of the four required to earn the MCPD: Microsoft Azure Developer certification (along with 70-513 and 70-516, which do not retire):

  • Exam 70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft Azure Applications

Finally, it’s your last chance to upgrade your MCDST XP or EDST Vista certifications to Windows 7.

  • Exam 70-682: Pro: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Happy testing!


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