I’m now an MCPD!

MCPD-RGBEver since I passed my MCTS exam back in December last year, I’ve been hard at work doing further study and practice to attempt to pass the follow-up exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications.


Well, I finally took that exam earlier this week and I’m pleased to report that I’ve passed!  Once again, I managed to get 100% on the exam, although I really don’t know how I achieved such a high percentage score this time around as I was convinced I’d got answers to some of the questions wrong!  Again, I’m over the moon with my result!


Passing this exam has now earned me the distinguished certification of:

Microsoft Certified Professional Developer – SharePoint Developer 2010


In taking these two exams within the last couple of months, it seems I’ve stirred something inside of me that quite likes the idea of acquiring further Microsoft Certification.  For now, though, I think I’ll take a little break from the intense study that I’ve done of the SharePoint platform, although I’ll still be using SharePoint 2010 quite frequently.  I seem to have amassed a fair sized collection of other tech books in the intervening period that I really need to get on with reading!

I’m now a Microsoft Certified Professional!

Microsoft_Certified_ProfessionalFor the past few weeks, I’ve been hard at work studying for my Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exam (70-573) – Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development.


Well, today, I took the exam and am pleased to report that I passed!


Not only did I achieve the pass rate (which is 70%) but aced the thing and got 100% !  Needless to say, I’m thrilled to bits.


MCTS_logoSince this is my first Microsoft exam, I’m still awaiting emails and communication from Microsoft regarding my MCP ID, Transcript and Certificate (which I’m lead to believe you now have to print out for yourself!) but I do have the Transcript print-out that the Prometric test centre provide immediately after completing the exam.


Looks like I’ll have to dig out a frame for my print-out until I can get my hands on the actual certificate!  Smile


It’s really strange in many ways, as most developers seem to try to acquire certification earlier in their career, primarily to make up for the lack of experience when you’re first starting out.  I’ve done it the other way around.  Despite having nearly 20 years hands-on experience as a software developer, I’m only just now getting an industry recognized certification!


Ah well, better late than never, and I must admit it does feel good.  In many ways, it’s like going back 20-odd years and being back at school again.  The reality, though, is that this is probably my mid-life crisis!  Smile 


I’m not stopping here, though.  The next step is to get my head back into the books in preparation for the follow-up exam, which will give me Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) status!  That’s exam 70-576 - Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications.


Onwards and upwards!   Wish me luck!