Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/gavin/archive/2008/07/30/124131.aspx
I’ve been debating lately if it’s worth the effort to upgrade my Microsoft Certifications to the latest and greatest.
|Credential||Certification / Version||Date Achieved|
|Microsoft Certified Application Developer||May 07, 2004|
|For Microsoft .NET||May 07, 2004|
|Microsoft Certified Solution Developer||Jun 11, 2001|
|For Microsoft .NET||Sep 01, 2004|
|Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0||Jun 11, 2001|
|Microsoft Certified Professional||Apr 10, 2000|
Interestingly, my Microsoft Partner link shows:
Not sure where the MCNPS came from… So, yeah… it’s been awhile since I took any tests… I’m certified on .NET 1.1, while 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 are now out. To Upgrade:
Developers who use the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 should consider the following two credentials:
|•||Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)|
|•||Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)|
These credentials give developers a simpler and more targeted framework to showcase their technical and on-the-job skills.
I have to take 2 exams to upgrade to VS2005: Exam 70–554 and Exam 70–553 While I do have the experience, I used VS2005 for several years, I’m now using VS 2008 which I would then need:
MCPD: Enterprise Application Development 3.5 and MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications and MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications and MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications and MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications
Is it worth it?