SharePoint 2013 MCSD Developer Certification Path is Out!

A few weeks ago, I did a post about the newly released path to MCSE SharePoint 2013 and I had many people ask me about the Developer Path.  At the moment, I didn’t knew anything, however during an 1-hour presentation on the Microsoft Certified SharePoint Master program, there was a Slide containing info on the Developer Certification Exam. 
PS: At the time of this post, the MCSD SharePoint Certification Path is not on the Microsoft Learning Website!

For the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) in SharePoint you will need to pass 4 exams. Two of them are SharePoint focused,  and two of them are from the MCSD: Web Application  part.

SharePoint Focused:

  1. 70-488
  2. 70-489
Web Focused
  1. 70-480 (PS: You can take this exam for free at the moment. more info HERE)
  2. TBD
Also, The MCSE and the MCSD are subject to the new “Recertification” strategy that came out in April.For the MCSE, it is confirmed at 3 years. For the MCSD, I am not 100% sure yet, however the other MCSD exams it’s every 2 years. 

Usefull Links: 


     6. A very nice guide to prepare for the 70-480:   Exam 70-480 Programming with HTML5, Javascript and CSS3 Preparation Guide (Thanks to Bjørn Harald Rapp)

If you know anything else about the MCSD Certification path, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email!

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  • December 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, I hoped you had revealed the id of the other web app exam, since I blogged about this already one week ago: I remember that graph from the Webinar, but haven’t been able to download it until now 🙂


    Bjoern H

    • December 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Sorry, don’t have it yet :(. However I think it’s this one : Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications . It’s more relevant to SharePoint than “Developing Windows Azure and Web Services”

      However, it’s only a guess at the moment

    • December 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I think so too, pretty sure it will not be 2 html5- or windows 8 apps-oriented exams !!

    • December 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      By the way, how did your 70-480 go? From what I remember you were trying it in November.

  • December 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I passed!! The guide I just released is based on the resources links I used to study for the exam. I’m now preparing for 70-410, one of the 3 Windows Server 2012 MCSA exams..

  • December 14, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Your blog is an excellent example of what the blog is meant to be as well as how a blog should be written. I really like your formal writing style. All the best.

    • December 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you very much for your compliments! I really appreciate it. All the best to you too and happy holidays!

  • December 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Any word on an upgrade path for those with the MCPD in SharePoint 2010?

    • December 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Here is what I found for you:

      Q.I have an MCPD on Visual Studio 2010. How can I upgrade to an MCSD certification?
      If you have achieved an MCPD: Windows Developer 4 certification, MCPD: Web Developer 4 certification, or MCPD: SharePoint Developer 2010 certification, you will be able to earn an MCSD certification on the corresponding solution by passing two exams.

      This are all the details I have! I will make a post once a detailed path comes out!

    • December 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Nice find! Thanks for the information.

    • January 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      I got more info on the Upgrade, You should check this post:

  • January 10, 2013 at 9:17 am

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  • January 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm


    Have a look at this diagram i get from the certification planing app at Microsoft site it contains more info.

    Mahmoud Hamed

    • January 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Mahmoud,

      Thats actualy a great piece of information you got there! As Stated on the Microsoft Website, From MCPD SharePoint 2010 to MCSD SharePoint 2013 there will be two exams.

      We now know those two exams are the 70-480 and the 70-493!. I will update the post!

      Thank you very much for the info!

  • January 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    HI I did my MCTS certifiation in Dotnet 3.5 and Fundamental frmaework in 2010
    1) Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development (70-562)
    2)C# .NET Framework Application Development Foundation on September (70-536)

    Now i like to do certifiation in Sharepointal application developement side.
    Could you please suggest me what are the Exams i need to complete for Sharepointal certification (with Exam number)
    Mail me. :

    Thanks and Advance.
    Jeyakumar M

    • January 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Jeyakumar,

      Unfortunately, you don’t got any SharePoint Certifications at the moment. In order to get certified for 2013 you got 2 choices.

      1. Get certified for SharePoint 2010, than upgrade to SharePoint 2013
      SP 2010

      Upgrade to 2013

      Those are 4 exams and you would be certified SP 2010 & 2013. Your other option is to go directly for SP 2013 with


      One thing is for sure, you will need to get the 70-480, so get it now while it’s free!

      If you got any other questions, don’t hesitate!

    • March 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Hi Vlad Catrinescu !

      Thank you so much for your needful information . Sorry for the late reply.

      Jeyakumar M

  • February 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you. You definitely put a new spin on a topic that’s been written about for years.

  • April 26, 2013 at 9:42 am
    Otto Durham

    I think one are interested in this field, should appear this exam To climb on to the SharePoint 2013 expert-level certification ladder.

  • August 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Thats actualy a great piece of information you got there! As Stated on the Microsoft Website, From MCPD SharePoint 2010 to MCSD SharePoint 2013 there will be two exams.

    We now know those two exams are the 70-480 and the 70-493!. I will update the post!

    Thank you very much for the info!


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