Back in some time, I wrote a blog on Getting Started with Microsoft Certification but as time changes, things changes. So I want to modify information regarding Microsoft certification program and want to add further emphasis on Visual Studio 2008 Track.

First the overall program showed in earlier post requires a little amendment, Now Microsoft has included Master series in the overall certification track

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We will now talk about MCTS for Visual Studio 2008. For overall glossary of Microsoft Certifications please visit

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS):

MCTS basically highlights your area of expertise so that you can demonstrate your breadth of knowledge on Visual Studio. You stand out to your managers and you implicitly tell them that you know 🙂

The Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 certification tracks are based on six (MCTS) certifications. Each certification focuses on a particular key technology area(s) in the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.

For different credentials, there are different exams required to pass.


So the first step for Developers must be the pre-requisite of all MCTS 70-536 exam. This exam is designed to measure your knowledge of .NET development fundamentals. So whether you are interested in WPF, WCF, ASP.NET or any other, you are required to give MCTS 70-536


For details related to MCTS 70-536 exam. Please visit The link will lead you to a page having details of 70-536 exam including the skills that are measured in this exam.

Although the order are NOT important in MCTS exams. Like for example, you can give MCTS 70-562 first and then 70-536 and once you will pass both exam you will earn MCTS ASP.NET 3.5 credential. So order does not matter here. Though some people suggest that since 70-536 covers wide areas of .NET framework, its better to give other exam first so that it can give you boost but I didn’t take it that way 🙂 I think one should give 70-536 first so that for every next paper you give, it will give you respective credential. Does this make sense to you people? 🙂

This is it for now. In this post we saw the new Visual Studio 2008 track, MCTS in particular and we saw that for every credential MCTS 70-536 is pre-requisite. If you have any query against this post, please feel free to ask. You can comment or send me an email at

In the next post on Microsoft Certifications, We will see some of my experiences related to preparing for exam(s). Till then Good bye and Enjoy Programming 🙂


Anonymous · April 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Thanx. I was looking for this info.

Mahtab Husain · January 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Really usefull info.. thanks a lot sir…

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