Is the MDICD Mobile Developer Certification the new CCIE?

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The Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer credential joins the ranks of the select few IT certifications that prove candidates have experience because they’re granted only through evaluation by experts instead of a written test.

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The only mobile development certification that mimics the effectiveness of the CCIE is the MDICD, which requires the candidate’s work to be carefully scrutinized by an MDICI (Mobile Development Institute Certified Instructor)

Hiring managers and job-seeking mobile developers have a lot of faith in the MDICD (Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer) credential because of one reason – it can only be attained by people who really know what they’re doing.

Back in its heyday, the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internet working Expert) title was coveted because it was different from almost all of the other IT Certifications. Cisco’s examination isn’t a just written test. Instead, it is a practical lab-based trial of one’s skills, conducted only at Cisco’s facilities and administered by Cisco’s personnel. To this day, it’s one of the most difficult credentials for a networking engineer to acquire.

On the other hand, the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) and other certifications like it, involve written tests for which a student can simply read the books and pass. It requires no hands-on experience to achieve the title and its tests don’t require proof of such knowledge. This led to a widely propagated term “paper MCSE” throughout the IT industry – meaning someone who achieved the certification but doesn’t really have any work experience.

But in the booming world of mobile development, experience is everything. Because most hiring managers don’t possess the technical skills to qualify their candidates, employers need to know if their candidates actually can do what they say they can do. The only mobile development certification that mimics the effectiveness of the CCIE is the MDICD, which requires the candidate’s work to be carefully scrutinized by an MDICI (Mobile Development Institute Certified Instructor). The international organization IT Certification Master, which tracks all of the professional designations within the IT Industry, recently published a report on the MDICD and its growing importance in the business market.

Not nearly as fiendish or expensive as the CCIE, the MDICD examination is conducted by mobile development experts at On The GoWARE. The candidate is required to log into their active app store developer account and show that an application of their own creation is currently published and available for download. They then must demonstrate that they have successfully installed and configured the proper development tools/SDK that were used to create the published application, and display the source code and explain the general structure and function of the major application modules to the exam proctor. The exam proctor asks questions about their programming approach to the application, and then requests a slight change to the application. Lastly, the candidate must successfully complete the change and demonstrate the modification in a simulator.

The MDICD is always issued with a specialization in the candidate’s specific field of knowledge, whether it be Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Google Android, or RIM BlackBerry.

The exam was originally offered only to skilled developers directly, but to meet the mounting demand from corporate recruiters and headhunters, On The GoWARE now offers discounted packages of exams for businesses who want to avoid wasting thousands by hiring those with poor and unproven skills and prefer to have a knowledgeable third-party qualify their mobile development candidates.

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