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    Default Tell me about MCAD Certification

    Hi all!

    Please tell me which exam should I pass to obtain MCAD certification and how much does it cost?

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    First, make sure that you really want to get the MCAD certification. The MCAD and MCSD certifications are for older .NET v1.x technology (Visual Studio 2002 and 2003). The MCTS and MCPD certifications are for newer .NET v2.x technology (Visual Studio 2005). The MCTS and MCPD exams will be updated for .NET 3.0 when it is released. Unless you are only working on older .NET code, consider getting the MCTS/MCPD instead of the MCAD/MCSD.

    As for the specifics of each exam, the best source of information is Microsoft's Web site.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmurray
    First, make sure that you really want to get the MCAD certification. The MCAD and MCSD certifications are for older .NET v1.x technology (Visual Studio 2002 and 2003). The MCTS and MCPD certifications are for newer .NET v2.x technology (Visual Studio 2005). The MCTS and MCPD exams will be updated for .NET 3.0 when it is released. Unless you are only working on older .NET code, consider getting the MCTS/MCPD instead of the MCAD/MCSD.

    As for the specifics of each exam, the best source of information is Microsoft's Web site.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcpd/
    Agrees with that... could not have said it better myself
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    Is there a simple upgrade test when that time comes, or will you need to take multiple exams?

    I'm currently working with the 1.1 framework, and most likely will not upgrade to 2.0 anytime soon. If I obtain my MCAD, could I just take one exam to upgrade?
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    According to the Microsoft certification Web page, there is a single upgrade exam for each flavor of MCPD cert. It is also not necessary to obtain an MCTS before upgrading to the MCPD:
    If you plan to upgrade from an MCAD or MCSD on .NET certification to a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification, you do not need to first obtain an MCTS certification. You will earn the applicable MCTS certifications when you pass the upgrade exam(s) for MCPD: Windows Applications Developer, MCPD: Web Applications Developer, or MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer.
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