Another Microsoft Certification acquired!


Ever since gaining my MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) certificates at the end of 2011 and the early part of 2012 I’ve had an appetite to acquire more.  Life seemed to get in the way of this during 2012 so that was, unfortunately, a quiet year on the certification front.


Well, it’s now 2013, and Microsoft have recently revamped a lot of their certification offerings.  A new type of certification that they’ve introduced is that of a Microsoft Specialist.  The Microsoft Specialist certification seem to be a replacement for the old MCTS (Microsoft Technology Specialist) and is effectively a certificate awarded for showing competence in a specific piece of Microsoft Technology, of which there are quite a number.


During the latter part of 2012 and the early part of 2013, Microsoft were running a promotion to take a free exam.  This was exam 70-480 – Programming in HTML5, JavaScript & CSS3.  Successfully passing this exam would award the exam taker the certification of Microsoft Specialist – Programming in HTML5, JavaScript & CSS3.


Well, towards the end of February of this year, I sat and successfully passed the exam acquiring the certification of Microsoft Specialist – Programming in HTML5, JavaScript & CSS3.


This is one of three exams that, when all three are successfully passed, will gain the new style Microsoft Certified Solution Developer – Web Applications certificate.  I guess the rest of this year’s certification journey has just been mapped out!

Comments (2) -

Simon Butcher 4/19/2013 5:15:10 PM

Greetings, Craig

Congrats on passing the first Web Applications exam and I wish you well on your pursuit to becoming certified completely! I too am looking to take on the fearsome Web Applications certificate, the HTML/JS/CSS exam first, and if you would, could you tell me what kind of material is on this exam? I'm very confident using HTML, CSS and a bit of JS (with studying to come), but I'm still in the dark as to what will actually be asked of me in the exam. Also, I heard there were questions regarding HTML security holes and possibly even SharePoint, are these correct?

Any help would be fab, thanks very much!


Hi Simon,
Thanks for your kind words.  Unfortunately, in accordance with Microsoft's non-disclosure policy, I can't divulge the contents of the exam, however, if you look at the exam page on Microsoft's own learning portal ( and look at the "Skills Measured" sections, you'll get a pretty good idea of what you'll need to know in order to successfully pass the exam.  Good luck!

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