SharePoint Certifications for Beginners

by , Posted November 14, 2014 - 13:29

Guest post by: Trisha Mukerjee

SharePoint’s popularity and widespread usage within organizations of all types has resulted in a greater demand for cross-training for Information Workers with skills honed on other platforms and technologies. Certification has long been a means of validating knowledge, skills, and abilities for Managers and senior professionals. Professionals who are completely new to SharePoint will find the overview and certification options below as a starting point.

SharePoint for Beginners

SharePoint is an integration of intranet, content management and document management. This is a web application platform and framework, which is developed by Microsoft. SharePoint is designed to completely integrate with Microsoft Office in a secure manner.

The combination of templates, sites, and webparts are designed to enable the non-technical user to quickly provision secure workspaces to collaborate without the need of a dedicated IT support staff.
It provides file management system, social networks, intranet portals, collaboration, websites, extranets in addition to many more features that organizations can leverage.

This is enterprise application software and Microsoft states that almost 78% of fortune500 companies are using SharePoint. From 2006 to 2011, Microsoft sold over 36.5 million user licenses.

Understanding SharePoint Roles

SharePoint can be managed by four main categories of people:

  1. Business Users: These are typically Info Workers ranging from non-technical to power users that utilize SharePoint within the business unit to achieve key tasks
  2. Developers: These are the ones that build solutions, tools and focus on leveraging programming and web development capabilities of SharePoint to create and extend out-of-the box functionality
  3. Administrators: These are the ones that design, maintain and operate the infrastructure both physical and logical.
  4. Project Managers: Utilize SharePoint to manage resources and complete project schedules


What is My Roadmap to become Certified SharePoint Professional?

There are two main certification exam paths by Microsoft offers which will be outlined below.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): This is primarily for the IT professional. Via this certificate the individual will get the branding of an expertise in SharePoint and who is extremely capable of dealing with the various tools of SharePoint.
For this, the candidate needs to know all the aspects of Office 365 in terms of managing it and enabling it along with core solutions of Microsoft SharePoint server 2013.
Once you have been certified, you continue in the same field you need to recertify yourself in every 3 years.
Exam titles include:
1.) Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements – Exam 346
2.) Enabling Office 365 Services – Exam 347
3.) Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 – Exam 331
4.) Advanced Solution of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 – Exam 332

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): This is a globally recognized standard for developer excellence. To get a MCSD certification the candidate needs to be extremely well efficient in various programming skills like HTML 5 with JavaScript and ASP.NET MVC 4. This certification would help you to get a job as a software developer or a web developer.
Along with the programming languages one also needs to know developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 core solutions and advanced solutions.
Once you have been certified, you continue in the same field you need to recertify yourself in every 2 years.
Exam titles include:
1.) Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 – Exam 480
2.) Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Application – Exam 486
3.) Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solution – Exam 488
4.) Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solution – Exam 489

To achieve these certifications, you can also take various SharePoint courses via the various SharePoint training institutes and learn what is required to become a certified SharePoint professional. Please view the official Microsoft certification course roadmap.


Author Bio: Trisha is a professional writer and adviser on education and careers. She is an ardent reader, a traveler and a passionate photographer. She wants to explore the world and write about whatever comes across her way.
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