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Programming Certifications Comparison

Love them? Hate them? IT pros and hiring managers often disagree about the value of programming certifications. Whether you should acquire one depends on whether you’re looking to work for an enterprise or startup, which language you specialize in and other factors. Learn more about the cost, benefits and prerequisites for top programming certifications.

MongoDB Certified Developer Associate

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $150

How long the certification lasts: Never expires but only valid for current MongoDB release

Annual potential salary increase: $15,500

Notes: MongoDB offers free online classes to prepare

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 2 units / 3 hours of training

Learn more about the MongoDB Certified Developer Associate

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $165

How long the certification lasts: 2 years

Annual potential salary increase: $2,995

Notes: Offers 10 tracks, e.g., SharePoint applications, Azure Solutions Architect

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: Skillsoft offers extensive training that aligns to every track

Learn more about the MCSD

CCA Spark and Hadoop Developer

Career level: Mid

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $295

How long the certification lasts: 2 years

Annual potential salary increase: $8,253

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 278 hours of training in big data topics, including Hadoop fundamentals and ecosystem, Spark fundamentals plus Spark Core, Spark Streaming, MLlib, GraphX and R

Learn more about the CCA Spark and Hadoop Developer

C Programming Language Certified Associate (CLA)

Career level: Entry

Prerequisites: None

Exam: $295

How long the certification lasts: Lifetime

Annual potential salary increase: $8,312

Learn more about the CLA

C++ Certified Professional Programmer (CPP)

Career level: Late

Prerequisites: CLA and CPA certifications

Exam: $148

How long the certification lasts: Lifetime

Annual potential salary increase: $14,495

Notes: The exam costs $295, but is half-price if you take a free online course.

Free Skillsoft classes for TEKsystems consultants: 10 units / 17 hours of C++ programming training

Learn more about the CPP