MCAD - Microsoft Certified Application Developer
The MCAD is a certification that demonstrates that the owner has the skills that are necessary to design, build and maintain applications written using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and/or web applications using the Microsoft .NET framework 1.0 and/or the Microsoft .NET framework 1.1.
This certification is maintained by the Microsoft Corporation
MCAD is designed for users that design, code, test and maintain .NET framework 1.0 and/or .NET framework 1.1 code. It was designed to provide the initial development certification and allow a continuation path to more advanced credentials such as the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). The MCAD is for individuals working at the coding level as opposed to the full solution level.
The benefits of being an MCAD are:
- The recognition of the MCAD certification by the industry;
- Access to specialized technical information through Microsoft;
- Access to exclusive discounts from selected companies;
- MCAD certificate, wallet card, lapel pin and other items to identify you as a member of the Microsoft Certification Program;
- Invitations to Microsoft conferences, training sessions and other events;
- Free access to the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online.
To become certified as a Microsoft Certified Application Developer, the individual must pass two core exams (one application development, one web services components) and one elective exam.