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Which certification path to choose?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by intentarr, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. intentarr

    intentarr New Member

    I am working with .NET (winforms application development (c#,VB), ASP.NET MVC) for a few years now. And I decided that would be great to gain more knowledge and get certification prooving my knowledge.

    But I am a little bit confused about certification path. According to one of microsoft brochure I would need to take one of Microsoft technology specialist certification (how I should choose which one of MTC to take?) and only then to take .NET certification.

    And According to the other microsoft brochure first I should to take .NET/Web fundamentals (?)and only then ASP.NET certification ?

    Maybe, can anyone lead me to the right direction ?
  2. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

    It looks like you have got quite a bit of experience already. Therefore, it is not strictly necessary to take an MTA in .NET or Web fundamentals. However, you still may want to take an MTA first to ease the transition to the more difficult exams, especially if you've never taken a Microsoft exam before.

    I can't offer you the best advice as I'm very much a n00b myself when it comes to certifications and I've never programmed in C#. However, I did do an MTA in HTML5 App Development Fundamentals and found it quite tough, but of course you may have found it easy; it's all relative.

    Are you looking to study first or are you going to take the exam straight away? If you are looking to take the exam straight away, Microsoft have a Second Shot offer currently which will allow you to retake the exam if you fail at no additional cost.
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCENT, F5 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals, ITIL Foundation (2011), CompTIA (A+, Network+), MTA (Windows OS, Networking, HTML5)
    WIP: CCNA Security
  3. intentarr

    intentarr New Member

    Actually few months ago I have passed one of Microsoft certifications (70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3). And for .NET certification for me would be very important preparation (it's important for me to get more knowledge, not just to get certification).
  4. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    If you have good industry experience you can begin with MCTS exams, if not MTA exams would be better choice.

    It is up to you which exams you decide to take, certification is an optional personal objective normally.

    Generally I would not expect a good developer to learn much from certification. You may learn something from studying, practicing and reading, but not the certification process itself.

    In most cases you need to be of a decent level to begin certification, so the new knowledge gained is not that significant.

    There are many other ways to become a better developer that do not involve certification.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013
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