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On the road to MCSA certification…

Been quiet recently because I took a Microsoft exam yesterday, the 483: Programming in C# exam (it went rather well) and I’ve been primarily studying for that.

Good news is I passed it so very happy with that, took me about an hour to get through all the questions which just flew by. That means I’m one exam down on my goal of getting an MCSA certification, though by passing the exam I’ve also received the ‘Microsoft Certified Professional’ certification.

Microsoft, quite nicely, has a decent path system in place and once you’ve completed an exam it shows you the certification options available to you (though I imagine anyone taking these exams will have that decided beforehand anyway). So because I’ve completed the 483 exam I can go onto do the certifications for ‘Universal Windows Platform’ or ‘Web Applications’ with the latter being my initial goal. Though I’m now thinking that as I’ve done some UWP previously, released a few apps to the Windows store (and got a few thousand downloads in total), and recently achieved my Xamarin certification I may aim for both. Mainly because my long term goal is to become very fluent in a variety of Microsoft technologies with the aspiration of getting MCSA and (additional) Xamarin certifications.

The plan now will be to apply my spare time to developing ASP.NET, UWP, and Xamarin skill sets and develop some sites and apps hopefully for clients but there are some ‘internal’ projects I want to do so looking forward to getting stuck into those.

If anyone is considering it I’d certainly suggest you give it a go, the exam was about £113 and I took out the practice test package which was very useful in giving a general idea of what to expect. Can’t really say much about the exam itself as you sign an NDA about it and best to say nothing in that respect that to tread a fine line. Though feel free to get in touch and I’ll try to give help where possible, as mentioned won’t be talking about the exam specifically though but my prep etc all good.

Just wanted to get the exam details out and to continue getting content done, I’ve got another post due out in the next few days so hopefully, that’ll be of interest.