Along side the Ignite 2016 conference, Microsoft announced some changes to the Microsoft Certified Professional program. These changes outlined 5 new MCSE and MCSD certifications, along with MCSA certifications to go along with them. One of these new MCSD certifications is the new MCSD: App Builder certification. This certification requires 3 exam to be passed to earn, and it also will get you an MCSA certification on your way to earning the full MCSD: App Builder certification. This post gives a brief explanation on the exam that are required and / or qualify for the  MCSD: App Builder, as well as the MCSA certifications you can earn on your way to obtaining the full MCSD! Happy studying!

On the path to earning the MCSD: App Builder certification an MCSA certification will first be earned.

MCSA Foundation

On the path to earning the MCSD: App Builder certification an MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification will first be earned. It’s really good to have a milestone along the way, instead of having to pass a ton of exams before claiming any single certification title / credential. Additionally, instead of just a single MCSA to earn on the path to MCSD: App Builder, there are 2 tracks to choose from based on your unique combination of expertise and interests.

The list of both MCSA certifications and their required exams are as follows:

  • MCSA: Web Applicationspass both of the following exams:
  • MCSA: Universal Windows Platform – pass both of the following exams:
    • 70-483: Programming in C#
    • 70-357: Developing Mobile Apps

As you can see the MCSA foundations for the new MCSD: App Builder certification require you to pass 2 exams. While not an extensive set of choices, the tracks to pick are either Web Application development or UWP (Universal Windows Platform) App development.

MCSD: App Builder

Once a qualifying MCSA certification (as listed above) is earned, the next path is to pass only 1 more exam to earn the full MCSD: App Builder certification! And, the best part is that you get to choose from a fairly long list of exams to make that happen.

Here’s the current list of Elective exams that can be taken to build on an MCSA to earn the new MCSD: App Builder certification:

  • 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
  • 70-488: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • 70-489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions
  • 70-354: Universal Windows Platform – App Architecture and UX/UI
  • 70-355: Universal Windows Platform – App Data, Services, and Coding Patterns
  • 70-496: Administering Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server
  • 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio
  • 70-498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management

Regardless of the MCSA track you choose to start with (Web Apps or UWP Apps) you can continue on with earning the MCSD: App Builder with an exam in that topic area, or any of the other elective exam options.

Posted by Chris Pietschmann

Chris is a Microsoft MVP and has nearly 20 years of experience building enterprise systems both in the cloud and on-premises. He is also a Certified Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect (both MCSD and MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and self proclaimed Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.


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  2. Well I’m already a MCSA Web Applications Developer (70-483 and 70-486) and passed the 70-487 Exam today, but I didn’t got the MCSD App Builder certification. Do I miss something?


    1. Chris Pietschmann September 20, 2017 at 8:28 am

      You’ll need to review the MCSA requirements again. The 483 and 486 qualify for different MCSA tracks. They don’t add up to anything taken together. You’ll need to pass either the 70-480 or 70-357 to get that MCSD.


  3. Paramesh Kudlur August 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    MCSA Web Application certification needs

    One of the following 2 (either 70-480 or 70-483)
    70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 OR
    70-483: Programming in C#

    70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications


  4. Hi. I have already passed 70-488 exam. Do I need to appear at the same exam again for getting MCSD APP BUILDER?


    1. Chris Pietschmann September 20, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Once you pass an exam, and it’s still current and active, then you don’t need to retake it. It will count towards multiple certifications that require it.


  5. I need study material. Any suggestions?


    1. Chris Pietschmann July 20, 2018 at 7:30 am

      There are exam prep books from Microsoft Press available for most of the exams, and the documentation is fairly good these days. You could also use video training that’s available from Microsoft Learning,, and to study.


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