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Is MCAD still worth the effort?

Posted on 2006-05-29
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Last Modified: 2008-03-10
I have been studying up to get my MCAD certification these last couple of years, but recently had to put it aside, as I was too busy to study.  I am at the point where a few weeks catching up would make me ready for these exams.  

I know the MCAD is still a valid certification, I want to know if its worth it for me to still pursue this certification, or should I just skip it and move on the MCPD.  

There is a lot of rhetoric on the Microsoft site about how the MCAD is still valid, but of course I'd like to see if I could get some un-biased, or the closest thing to ha ha, on the topic.  It just feels like all the studying I did previously would go to waste if I did not get the MCAD.
Question by:prodier
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by:Carl Tawn
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As you say, MCAD is still valid. The advantage of the MCPD would be that it shows your expertise in the more recent technologies. Personally I would wait, I was going to do MCSD myself, but have opted to wait for the new certifications instead.

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ID: 16785216
So, lets say I was a candidate for a job, doing .NET 1.x work, alongside another person who had the exact same credentials as myself, except they have MCAD cert and I have the MCPD cert. Who would the employer see as better for the job, or would there be a difference?
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Carl Tawn earned 2000 total points
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Depends if the employer knows what they're talking about or not :o)

If the employer knows what MCPD is then they would probably lean towards that more than MCAD. The only downside to MCAD is that it doesn't necessarily mean experience with .Net whereas MCPD does.

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ID: 16788692
Unless you're a graduate it shouldn't make much difference because experience is what counts.  For example, I have no certifications but have been working 6 years in various countries and my lack of qualifications has not once been an issue.
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In general, Experience trumps Certifications, every time.  Certifications generally indicate book-knowledge.  Experience is only gained in the 'school of hard-knocks'.  You can't get experience out of a book.


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