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Are you ready for the next step in your developer journey? Would a certificate help you get there? Here are the top developer certificates worth checking out.

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Acquiring an in-demand certification is bound to elevate your technical prowess and impress your colleagues and employers at work. If you are looking for a new job as a developer, simply glancing over developer job postings on employment websites like Indeed will help you understand the significance of certification like AWS Certified Developer—Associate.

Of course, not all certifications hold the same value. The sought-after ones confirm your ability to understand and implement certain technologies and are hence a cornerstone of hiring. If you are looking to rouse the attention of a hiring manager, pursuing one or more of the below certifications is likely to help!

Top Developer Certifications in 2023

Here are the top developer certifications in 2023:

  • AWS Certified Developer—Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • Google Professional Cloud Developer
  • CIW Web Development Professional
  • Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer
  • Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)
  • Salesforce Developer Credentials

Best Developer Certifications in 2023

Read on for a deep dive into each developer certification!

AWS Certified Developer—Associate

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This certification displays a sound understanding and deep knowledge of fundamental AWS services and architecture best practices, as well as competency in developing, debugging and deploying cloud-based applications by using AWS.

I recommend completing the (free) AWS Developer Learning Plan training course before taking the certification examination (DVA-C02).

You can avail of a multitude of free and paid preparation materials as well. The certification is best suited to professionals with considerable AWS experience and a grip of at least one high-level programming language.

Cost: $150

Questions: 65

Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate

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If you are a cloud developer who takes part in all stages of development from design and requirements definition to development, maintenance and deployment, and partners with clients, cloud administrators and cloud DBAs to implement solutions, this certification is right for you.

Ideally, candidates should have at least one year of Microsoft Azure and professional development experience. Proficiency in compute and container monitoring, performance tuning, debugging, and deployment and Azure authorization, application authentication, APIs, data connections, data storage options and SDKs is recommended.

Exam AZ-204 is the certification examination you will have to clear. Do take full advantage of the free practice assessment exam and other preparation tools and materials.

Cost: $165

Questions: 40-60 (practice assessment exam consists of 50 questions)

Google Professional Cloud Developer

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If you have experience building highly available and scalable applications using Google’s best practices and recommended tools, this certification confirms your expertise.

To acquire the developer certification, you must have experience with next-generation databases, managed services, developer tools, cloud-native applications and a minimum of one general-purpose programming language.

The certification examination tests your ability to:

  • Integrate Google Cloud services
  • Test and build applications
  • Deploy applications and manage them
  • Design reliable, available and highly scalable cloud-native applications

Review sample questions and take full advantage of training resources before sitting for the exam.

Cost: $200

Questions: 50-60

CIW Web Development Professional

The CIW Web Development Professional program certifies your expertise in a frontend scripting language like HTML5 and JavaScript, a backend programming language such as JavaScript (both a frontend and backend language) and Python, and the ability to integrate them with a database.

To obtain the Advanced CIW Web Development Professional certification, you must clear THREE certification examinations:

You will be certified individually upon clearing each exam. Self-Study Kits for the preparation of each exam are available for purchase.

Cost: $150 for each exam

Questions: Varies (55, 50 and 56 respectively)

Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer

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Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer certification demonstrates the know-how of Java (Standard Edition) software development, including broad and thorough knowledge of the programming language, coding best practices, and usage of new features incorporated into Java SE 11.

You must pass the Java SE 11 Developer 1Z0-819 certification exam to gain the certification. I recommend revising the available exam preparation material (free training is available) beforehand.

Cost: $245

Questions: 50

Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP)

Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification serves as a means to exhibit leading application security skills.

This includes advanced knowledge and technical skills required for auditing, authorization, and authentication through the software development lifecycle (SDLC) using procedures, policies, and best practices set up by cybersecurity experts at (ISC)².

The first step to earning the certification is becoming an (ISC)² candidate. This will make you eligible for 20% off on instructor-led examination preparation training, as well as numerous career-building benefits.

Cost: $599

Questions: 125

Salesforce Developer Credentials

At the time of writing, Salesforce offers eight certifications under their Developer Credentials program. These certifications serve as a means to display hands-on experience with Salesforce, highlight your skills, and take full advantage of opportunities that may come your way.

To obtain one or more of the below certifications, you must clear their respective examinations:

Cost: Varies

Questions: Vary

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Surajdeep Singh

Surajdeep Singh has been working in the tech sphere as a marketing guru and journalist for more than six years, with a specialty in blockchain and Web3. He has donned several hats in marketing and journalism over the years and worked with many reputable brands. Feel free to reach out to him on LinkedIn.

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