New Certification Exam Proves Mobile App Developers Have the Right Stuff

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Mobile Development Institute now offering unique hands-on exam to certify mobile app developers.

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We needed a test to really make sure that a person has enough practical experience to earn the MDICD title.

The Information Technology industry thrives on certifications. For most technical positions within the business community, academic degrees from 4-year universities are less relevant than practical, hands-on skills that potential employees must possess to perform their work. Throughout the Computer Age, there have been several professional certifications that at different times have been the hallmark of achievement: the CNE, the MCSE, the CCIE, the CISSP, and now, because of the overwhelming strength of the mobile software market, the MDICD issued by the Mobile Development Institute.

These titles have been widely respected by employers, who want to know immediately if their job candidates have completed a formal and professional training program that includes practical experience. Those certified have enjoyed the high-paying work opportunities that their designation commands.

There are currently only a few organizations that offer a complete mobile development certification program. Growing rapidly in recognition is the Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer (MDICD), the professional title issued by On The GoWARE (, a firm specializing in creating mobile applications for the enterprise corporate market.

MDI offers certification programs in the three leading mobile platforms: Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad), Google Android, and RIM BlackBerry. Their programs are designed to teach someone from the beginning to proficiency, even if they have no programming experience at all. By the time a student has successfully completed the training, they have designed, programmed, tested, and published a finished app into the market.

Until recently, the only way to earn an MDICD credential was to go through the entire training program. As the certification title grew in popularity, On The GoWARE began to receive numerous requests from experienced mobile app developers who wanted the title but did not need to take the coursework. The Mobile Development Institute has devised an ingenious way to make sure that developers know their stuff before issuing the MDICD credential.    

According to Steven Uy, Vice President of Training Services for The Mobile Development Institute, “we needed a test to really make sure that a person has enough practical experience to earn the MDICD title, but not so brutal that it would be impossible to pass. The only real way to be sure is to watch over their shoulder, so-to-speak. It’s a hands-on demonstration to an instructor that you’ve successfully designed, built, and published at least one mobile application.”

The MDI proctors verify the developer’s experience by conducting a remote viewing session via the web. The examination process typically lasts approximately one hour, during which developers open their active app store developer account and show their application is currently published; demonstrate their development tools/SDK that were used to create the published application; browse through the source code and explain the major application modules; and answer questions that the exam proctor may have about the structure and approach of their application.

The exam proctor then requests that the developer makes a slight change to their application, and demonstrate the modification in a simulator. Based on their performance of these tasks, the proctor either awards a passing score, or advise them on areas they must improve upon before an MDICD credential can be awarded. The MDICD certification exam can be re-attempted an unlimited number of times, but the exam can only be taken once every 30 days.

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