Should I upgrade my Microsoft Certifications ?

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I’ve been debating lately if it’s worth the effort to upgrade my Microsoft Certifications to the latest and greatest.

Microsoft Certification Status

  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:

  • MCPS
  • MCSD
  • MCAD

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:

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? 

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