This one happened almost a month ago, but I somehow missed it: Xamarin has announced a new certification level at Xamarin University called the Xamarin Certified Mobile Professional.
“This badge will be our initial certification level for developers to demonstrate fundamental competency in Xamarin mobile development,” Xamarin’s Mark Smith writes. “To make it easier to do the coursework, we’re making all required courses in the Xamarin Certified Mobile Professional tier available to Xamarin University trial users for FREE through our Self-Guided Learning portal. Once course requirements are complete, you can upgrade your trial subscription on the Visual Studio Marketplace to become eligible to take the Xamarin Professional Certification Exam and earn this initial certification.”
In other words, Xamarin now offers two certifications, Xamarin Certified Mobile Professional and Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer. The former one is the new certification that focuses on fundamental competency. And the latter tier builds on the first, with a deeper dive into patterns, complex debugging, and performance tuning.
Each is valid for one year, though the more expansive Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer supersedes the Xamarin Certified Mobile Professional certification.
Additionally, Xamarin has released its completely redesigned Self-Guided Learning portal, which features easier navigation, full mobile compatibility, and six free new courses covering topics such as Azure, UWP, and preparing to publish your application. All 18 courses in the Self-Guided Learning portal are free.
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