Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification is a designation reserved for business solution program developers and designers. MCPD certification indicates that a developer or designer has acquired the skills needed to deploy, build and operate applications successfully using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Computer programming is one of the most dynamic occupations in Florida, the United States and around the world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks it as one of the top five fastest growing fields, and a recent survey conducted by the Information Technology Association of America estimates that 10 percent of information technology (IT) jobs nationwide are left unfilled.
Organizations and individuals increasingly depend on computers and the Internet to conduct business and personal activities. Most companies rely on the World Wide Web to remain competitive as well as computer programs to automate their business processes. As a result, programmers and application designers are in high demand. Application and business solution developers are especially needed.
MCPD certification is recognized worldwide. By earning the MCPD designation, you demonstrate your ability to lead organizations in successfully designing, implementing and administering business solutions with Microsoft products.
You must pass several specific exams to earn MCPD certification. These exams test your ability to build desktop, Web-based, distributed and commerce solutions using Microsoft products and technologies.
To become an MCPD Windows Developer 4 certified professional, you must pass three Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams as well as a more comprehensive exam. The required exams are:
To earn MCPD Web Developer 4 certification, you also must pass three MCTS exams and a more comprehensive exam. The required exams are:
Before taking the MCPD certification exams, you should have several years experience using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework. You should also maintain a strong commitment to staying current with the latest technologies and practices.
Please refer to the Microsoft website for more information.
Many of Seminole State's computer programming and analysis courses can help you prepare for the MCPD certification exams. Speak with a counselor or program manager for more information. You can also find exam information and study materials on the Microsoft website.
Remember: On-the-job experience is an important component of learning, understanding and applying the skills needed to become an MCPD certified professional.
Earning MCPD certification prepares you for a number of career tracks, including:
For more information on career opportunities or for help with job placement, please visit Seminole State's Career Development Center website.