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Microsoft: if you can code apps for Windows, you can skip some cert exams

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January 7, 2015

For several months now, there's been a lot of rumors about this, but now Microsoft has made it official: if you can code a few apps for Windows, you can now skip some certification exams.

The software giant gave this idea a try in 2014 with a program called Review to Cert that made having an app certified for the Windows Store one way to score part of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification.

To be sure, that program is now been renamed “App to Cert” but retains the same basic concept-- if you submit an app to the Windows Store and are willing to spend over two hours in a Lync chat with a Microsoft Developer Support Expert reviewing your code, you'll be able to skip an exam needed for the MCSD.

Those exams are for the Windows Store Essentials topic (either exam 481 or 484). But there's no free lunch: scoring an MCSD will still require a pass in exam 482 or 485 for the Advanced Windows Store course, however.

When the IT community talks about various certification requirements from different software companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and a few more, comments nearly always argue that vendors' accreditations aren't very valuable because they don't reflect real world experience or proven capabilities.

App to Cert goes some way towards addressing that criticism, but as is usually the case in these matters, not everyone may agree.

Microsoft says that its MCSD program is number three in a new survey of the top-paying certifications for 2013. (No numbers are available for 2014).

If you’re a developer with an expertise in analysing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get.

You can validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time with the MCSD program, Microsoft says on its site.

Source: Microsoft.

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