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SharePoint 2013 Development Certifications

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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.

According to a Microsoft webcast on the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification there are two new SharePoint 2013 development focused exams in development. These form part of the requirements for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification for SharePoint 2013. The full requirements for achieving MCSD in SharePoint 2013 will include two non-SharePoint specific exams; one of these is 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, the other is 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications.

To summarise you will need to pass the following four exams to achieve the MCSD: SharePoint Applications in SharePoint 2013:

If you are interested in attaining this certification in the future I’d suggest doing the following now:

  1. Register for the 70-480 exam now as it is free untilMarch 2013 using code HTMLJMP as mentioned on the Microsoft Virtual Academy blog
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Written by Ari Bakker

December 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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  1. […] SharePoint 2013 Developer Certifications from Ari Bakker […]

  2. Chris Myers has a great study guide for the 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 exam at

    Ari Bakker

    2 Jan 13 at 2:24 pm

  3. How to register beta exam ? since this exam is not in prometric till yet ?


    30 Apr 13 at 6:44 pm

  4. @mak you can register for the SharePoint development beta exams on Prometric using the 71 number prefix so 71-488 for the core solutions and 71-489 for the advanced solutions

    Ari Bakker

    30 Apr 13 at 9:04 pm

  5. I tried promotion code isn’t working….thanks anyway.


    3 May 13 at 1:27 pm

  6. @mak thanks for letting me know, I’ve updated the article to mention the promotion codes are no longer valid

    Ari Bakker

    13 May 13 at 11:00 pm

  7. The exam 70-488 and 70-489 has launched today.

    However I do not see which certification (MCPS/MCSD) it contributes to on official Microsoft learning site.
    Can you please provide that information in your article.
    And yes many many thanks for this article.


    20 Jun 13 at 10:26 am

  8. @Jay I understand that the 70-488 and 70-489 exams contribute towards the ‘MCSD: SharePoint Applications’ certification. To gain the certification you also need to pass the 70-480 and 70-486 exams.

    Ari Bakker

    20 Jun 13 at 1:48 pm

  9. @Ari, I visited the Official MS MCSD site here:

    I still could not find any information regarding SharePoint 2013 MCSD.
    If you have a link, can you please post?

    Thanks for your time.


    24 Jun 13 at 11:46 am

  10. Microsoft Learning site has started showing the SharePoint MCSD information. You can follow the below link


    17 Jul 13 at 10:05 am

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