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Visual Studio Certification Overview

The Microsoft Visual Studio family of certifications gives you multiple ways to highlight your particular set of skills and abilities to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. We offer two types of certifications—Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD).

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Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
MCTS certifications provide the foundation for Microsoft Certification. These certifications are designed to help validate your skills on the features and functionality of key technologies. You can show your depth of knowledge in one specific technology, earn multiple MCTS certifications to show breadth across different technologies, or build on the MCTS to earn one of our Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certifications.

Your Goal:  To create Windows-based applications that run on corporate servers or user desktop computers.
Certification:  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications
Exam: 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Classroom Training
10262A: Developing Windows Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010


Your Goal:  To create Web-based applications that run on the ASP.NET platform and are hosted on Internet Information Server.
Certification:  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
Exam: 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Classroom Training
10264A: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Your Goal:  To create applications that communicate with servers or other applications in a connected or disconnected state.
Certification:  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications
Exam: 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Classroom Training
10263A: Developing Windows Communication Foundation Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Your Goal:  To create data-driven applications that access data from various sources, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Office Access, object data sources, XML, or other flat-file sources.
Certification:  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access
Exam:  70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Classroom Training
10265A: Developing Data Access Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010



Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
MCPD certifications help validate a comprehensive set of skills that are necessary to design, build, and deploy applications successfully by using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework. This certification builds on the MCTS certification and is designed to help provide hiring managers with a strong indicator of your potential job success. Candidates for the MCPD typically have two to three years of relevant experience and a commitment to remaining current in best practices and technologies. 


Certification:  MCPD: Windows Developer 4
Certification prerequisites:  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications;  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications; MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access
Exam Requirements:  70-518: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
Classroom Training
10552A: Application Design for Developers

Certification:  MCPD: Web Developer 4
Certification prerequisites:  MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications; MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications; MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access
Exam Requirements:   70-519: PRO: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework
Classroom Training
10552A: Application Design for Developers