Recently I have been making progress towards my MCPD certification (one more exam to go :).
Like me, you may have been a little overwhelmed, at first, by the large number of exams and the detailed information on Microsoft’s MCP site. But I assure you, its really quite simple.
I have prepared the attached document to describe the exams, the certifications, and the relations between them. The document is in Hebrew, but the conclusions are posted below in English.
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I can make no commitment as to the correctness of this information, but I hope it will help you plan you exam taking. Your source for correct and updated information should always be Microsoft’s MCP site.
Here are my recommendations for which exams you should take and in which order. I believe they get you the most important certifications for the least number of exams.
If you have already embarked on the .Net 2.0 MCPD program, I recommend you complete these 7 exams:
This way you will earn all the MCTS certifications for .Net 2.0, the broadest of the three MCPD certifications for .Net 2.0, the four most important (of the six) MCTS certifications for .Net 3.5 and the broadest MCPD certification for .Net 3.5.
If you are just starting out and would like to go directly to the .Net 3.5 certifications, I recommend you take the following 6 exams:
This will you will earn the four most important (of the six) MCTS certifications for .Net 3.5 and the broadest MCPD certification for .Net 3.5.
Good luck on those exams!