I'm sure you're more than aware of certification offered by Zend, Microsoft and more, but were you aware of a Windows Phone developer certification? It seems Microsoft wish to offer a way for developers to validate their experience, knowledge and skill in time for the predicted 2015 overtaking of the smartphone market.

Why should you bother to become a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)? We'll allow the big M to explain the benefits:

"Earning an MCPD shows hiring managers your commitment to your own professional growth and to staying up to date on the latest technologies. Maintaining an MCPD certification complements your experience, providing a key factor that differentiates your resume from those of other job candidates who have similar experience."

As with all other certifications, applicants are to take examinations that test their knowledge and expertise in the field. There are three exams present, first two are prerequisites while the third is the MCPD required exam:

  • Exam 70-506 - MCTS prerequisite: TS: Silverlight 4, Development
  • Exam 70-516 - MCTS prerequisite: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 
  • Exam 70-599 - MCPD requirement: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications

Certified developers will be required to show competence by completing a re-certification every two years as the platform updates frequently, thus the skill required to be a successful developer will evolve rapidly. For more information and to view the available preparation material, head on over to Microsoft Learning via the link below.

Please note that the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification will not be visible on your transcript until September 2011 and Course 10554A for Exam 70-506 is not available until August 2011.

Source: Microsoft Learning