Microsoft has launched a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for .Net track following the release this week of a final exam focusing on solutions architecture.
Exam 70-300 measures the ability of candidates to gather and analyse business requirements and design enterprise-wide business systems for Microsoft platforms.
Developers who pass the exam will have demonstrated the ability to develop, deploy and maintain applications, components and services using the Microsoft Visual Studio .Net and the Microsoft .Net Framework.
The exam is one of five (four core exams and one elective exam) that developers must pass in order to get their MCSD certification.
But Alex Charles, a director of skills analyst company The Skills Market, cautioned that it would take at least a year before the true value of the qualification would be realised.
"Anyone with that qualification is unlikely to have the commercial experience they need because the technology is so new," he said.
"Any tools that can help make you more attractive to a prospective employer are worth doing, but it will still be secondary to hands-on experience."
Although Microsoft had responded to criticism that its certifications were too easy, it was still possible to cram information without necessarily being able to relate it to a business scenario, Charles said.
This final exam offers developers a step up from the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) for front-line enterprise programmers, launched last September.
The MCAD is aimed at individuals responsible for the day-to-day development, deployment and maintenance of enterprise or departmental-level applications.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is hoping to get more feedback from IT professionals about its training courses and certifications.
A new beta enrolment programme gives MVPs (Most Valued Professionals) a chance to provide greater feedback on course development and Microsoft Certified Professional certification.
The company has also launched the MVP Academy, which offers resources and online training courses to enhance their technical skills through an external website available exclusively to MVPs.
The MVP Programme recognises individuals with expertise in one or more Microsoft products for their participation and efforts to help other Microsoft customers in online communities.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago