Microsoft - MCPD Upgrade from MCAD to MCPD



Only 7 Days



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27/3/2023 (Monday)


Our 7 Day MCPD Upgrade is perfect for you if you have already gained the MCAD certification and are developing .NET Framework 2.0 applications that use Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or creating Web applications that use ASP.NET 2.0.

We offer two MCPD certification paths:

Professional Developer: Web Developer

  • You will have the skills necessary to build interactive, data-driven Web applications that use ASP.NET 2.0 for both intranet and Internet uses

Professional Developer: Windows Developer

  • You will have the skills necessary to build rich client applications that target the Windows Forms platform using the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Our seven-day (7) Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) Upgrade Accelerated Course

  • Allows you to achieve your certifications in a fraction of the time of 'traditional training' while delivering industry-leading exam passing percentages
  • Helps students grasp complex technical concepts more easily by identifying and catering to individual student learning styles through a mixed visual, auditory and kinaesthetic-tactual delivery system
  • Enhances retention by employing accelerated learning techniques focused on committing information to long-term memory


The MCPD Upgrade program is a highly interactive 7-day developer class designed to teach Web and Windows Application Developers how to build interactive, data-driven client applications, targeting the Windows Forms platform using the .NET Framework 2.0 as well as produce intranet and Internet Web applications that use ASP.NET 2.0.

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified fast. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams**, accommodation* and meals*. No hidden extras.
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified over 100,000 professionals
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts


Course Materials

While attending this blended-learning program, you will receive a robust set of course materials that caters to each of the three primary individual learning-intake styles (auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic-tactual) - critical for a successful accelerated learning experience.

Daily lectures, labs, and review sessions are supplemented by a combination of:

  • Adapted Microsoft Press materials to address the demands of accelerated learners
  • Self Test Testing Software

Our MCPD program contains customized official Microsoft courseware which covers the following materials:

  • Developing applications that use system types and collections
  • Embedding configuration, diagnostic, management, and installation features into a .NET Framework application
  • Implementing serialization and input/output functionality in a .NET Framework application
  • Improving the security of .NET Framework applications by using the .NET Framework 2.0 security features
  • Implementing interoperability, reflection, and mailing functionality in a .NET Framework application
  • Implementing globalization, drawing, and text manipulation functionality in a .NET Framework application
  • Creating and Programming a Web Application
  • Integrating Data in a Web Application by Using ADO.NET, XML, and Data-Bound Controls
  • Creating Custom Web Controls
  • Tracing, Configuring, and Deploying Applications
  • Customizing and Personalizing a Web Application
  • Implementing Authentication and Authorization
  • Creating ASP.NET Mobile Web Applications
  • Envisioning and Designing an Application
  • Designing and Developing a User Interface
  • Designing and Developing a Component
  • Designing and Developing an Application Framework
  • Testing and Stabilizing an Application
  • Deploying and Supporting an Application
  • Creating a UI for a Windows Forms Application by Using Standard Controls
  • Integrating Data in a Windows Forms Application
  • Enhancing Usability
  • Implementing Asynchronous Programming Techniques to Improve the User Experience
  • Configuring and Deploying Applications

Exam Track

Existing MCAD certification candidates must pass one certification exam to earn MCPD: Windows Developer certification and one certification exam to earn MCPD: Web Developer. The exams provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise. During the MCPD Upgrade Firebrand Training, students will take the following exams:

  • Web Application Development Exam 70-551*-UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Windows Application Development Exam 70-552*-UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


Successful Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) candidates are expected to have taken and passed the following MCAD exams:

Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (70-306)


Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (70-316)


Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (70-305)


Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual C# and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (70-315)

In addition you should candidates should possess the following experience:

  • At least two years of experience developing applications by using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • At least three to four years of on-the-job experience dedicated to Web application development
  • A working knowledge of Visual Studio 2005

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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"Overall my experience was excellent. The location of the training centre and equipement provided allowed for a zero distraction environment."
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"Firebrand* saves time and achieves significant learning. The course covers only the relevant parts without all the padding of traditional courses. The environment is spot on to learn and pass exams, with all the staff going the extra mile, so you can go that extra mile."
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