Update 15 April 2013 – You can register for the SharePoint development beta exams for free using code MCSD488J for 71-488 and MCSD489J for 71-489. I understand these are limited so suggest signing up ASAP.
Update 13 May 2013 – The free beta codes I mentioned previously appear to have been used up and are no longer available.
To summarise you will need to pass the following four exams to achieve the MCSD: SharePoint Applications in SharePoint 2013:
- SharePoint focused
- 70-488 Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (currently in beta, release expected in June 2013)
- 70-489 Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (currently in beta, release expected in June 2013)
- Web development focused
If you are interested in attaining this certification in the future I’d suggest doing the following now: Register for the 70-480 exam now as it is free untilMarch 2013 using code HTMLJMP as mentioned on the Microsoft Virtual Academy blog Submit a Subject Matter Expert (SME) profile on Microsoft connect so that you have a chance of getting an invite to take the beta exams when they are released. See Everything You Wanted to Know about Beta Exams: Part 1 (Beta Invites) from the Born to Learn blog for more details on this. Follow the Born to Learn blog which details new exams that are released
In addition to the developer focused exams you can also currently take the (IT Pro focused) Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert exams. Details of the entire SharePoint 2013 certification process is shown below:
To achieve the MCSE you must also gain the MCSA: Windows Server 2012, although the Windows Server exams are not pre-requisites for sitting 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 and 70-332: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. If you want to achieve master level certification you will need both the MCSE and the MCSD. Note that going forward the master level certification is now referred to as MCSM (previously MCM) and will be available remotely (i.e. not all run at Redmond) starting in March 2013.