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I want to get my certification in .NET, which certification is the best for me? For the past 8 months I have been working in the .NET 3.5 and 4.0 frameworks. How can I grow myself by appearing this exams?

I know that "certs != experience", but I still want to get certified. Right now I am working in PHP 5.3 and PostgreSQL but I want to switch directions because .NET pays a good salary package as compared to PHP.

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I would start with MCTS .NET Framework 4, Web Applications (70-515).

After that, you can also get MCTS .NET Framework 4, Service Communications Applications (70-513) and MCTS .NET Framework 4, Data Access (70-516).

When you have all three of the above, you give MCPD Web Developer 4 (70-519) a try. The 70-519 exam requires you to have passed the 70-513, 70-515 and 70-516 exams.

MCTS stands for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and MCPD for Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

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@Kristof Claes:) is this the tough or easy exam? – Harsh Jun 21 '11 at 9:18
@poter - Well, it depends on how much experience you have with the technologies. For example, in the description of exam 70-515, you can read this: "Candidates for this exam are professional Web developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio. Candidates should have a minimum of two to three years of experience developing Web-based applications by using Visual Studio and Microsoft ASP.NET". For some exams you can also buy study books: – Kristof Claes Jun 21 '11 at 9:21
@Kristof Claes:) okies but if i have only 3-4 months experience in .net ... actualy i have some knowledge of .net 3.5 in the last year but right now i m working in php. But now, i want to an an .net certified. so how much easier to me.. i already know HTML, CSS, JavaScript and also in .net i m only working on web based application as web application in the last year and also how much i have to pay for this exam – Harsh Jun 21 '11 at 9:27
@poter - I'm not sure if the pricing system is a global one. It could depend on the country you're living in and maybe even (but I doubt this) the test center where you go to do the exam. Here in Belgium, an exam costs 140 euro. You check this page ( to see if you can get a pricing for your country. – Kristof Claes Jun 21 '11 at 9:49
@Kristof Claes:) kk ya sure have you done this exam? – Harsh Jun 21 '11 at 10:11

I would recommend an MCTS certification in .NET Framework 4, Web Applications:

This is for users who want:

To create web-based applications that run on the ASP.NET platform and are hosted on Internet Information Server.

You're better off getting certified in the 4.0 framework since it is more current.

Good luck!

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