There's a huge market for app developers in India.Worldwide smartphone usage is booming! Since 2012 smartphone usage has climbed from 1 billion to almost 2 billion this year, and is expected to surpass 2.56 billion by 2018. According to the 2015 Ericsson Consumer Insight Summary Report, communication is the dominant use for smartphones, including reprsenting 58 percent of all smartphone usage in India.

India is currently the third largest smartphone market in the world (123.3 million), behind the United States (165.3 million), and China (520 million), and is expected to surpass the United States by 2016. More Indians currently own mobile phones than personal computers.

With so many smartphones circulating, mobile apps are being developed and introduced at a breakneck pace. India is the world leader in mobile app development, with more than 50,000 companies involved in development. There are plenty of jobs available, and securing a proper certification is the best way to establish oneself as a professional developer. Apart from enhancing your development skillset, certifications also help to establish direct credibility of your resume — something, mobile app employers and their clients prefer to go with.

The choice of mobile app development certifications depends largely on your current skillset and future aspirations. Here are five key certifications available in India today:

Android Certified Application Developer

Android and iOS currently dominate the smartphone operating system market with a 76.6 percent share. Obviously this leads to a huge demand for Android apps. Advanced Training Consultants (ATC) for Android provides the training and certification for Android developers. The Android Certified Application Developer is the beginning-level certification for learning to design, build and maintain Android applications, and arguably the best certification you can have in your mobile app developer arsenal.

To earn the certification, candidates must pass the AND 401: Android Application Development Exam. The exam consists of 45 multiple choice questions (MCQ) to be completed within 90 minutes, with a clearing score of 70 percent. The exam content is based on the Android Application development course. Taking the course is not a prerequisite to sitting for the exam, and self-study guides are available to help prepare. To see an example of the exam, click here.

Upon successful completion of the exam candidates will receive their certificate and ID card online through e-mail within four weeks.

Oracle Java ME Mobile Application Developer

If you are a Java developer looking for a stint in mobile app development, this can be the best certification to take. This is for developers who create mobile applications using Java technologies. It was formerly called as the Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer (SCMAD). The prerequisites to appear for this exam can be rather expensive as one must first achieve certification as an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Java Programmer (SE5 or SE6) or a Sun certified programmer (SCJP), any edition.

Candidates are required to clear the Java (ME) Mobile Edition 1 Mobile Application Developer Certified Professional 1Z0-869 exam. In order to prepare for the exam you can take Java ME: Develop Applications for Mobile Phones training. In addition to this, you also need solid hands-on practice or on-the-job experience performing the tasks described in the exam topics.

The Oracle Java ME Mobile Application Developer exam consists of 68 MCQs to be completed within 158 minutes. Clearing the exam will require a minimum score of 58 percent.

MCSD Windows Store Apps

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Windows Store Apps certification confirms that you have the ability to develop fast and fluid Windows 8 apps. There are two paths to get this certification either using HTML5 or using C#. The prerequisite for this exam is that you should have one to two years of HTML5 or C# development experience as well as experience in Windows application development.

Microsoft recommends the HTML5 path for candidates with solid experience using JavaScript or web apps. .Net developers are encouraged to go the C# route. Regardless of the path, you will have to clear three exams. Note that Microsoft does not “identify exam formats or questions types” prior to the exam. There are however numerous, practice tests and study materials as well as videos of the sorts of exam questions offered. Check out Microsoft’s Virtual Academy for a more complete discussion on the exam, preparation and sitting for the exam.

Using HTML5

Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

Exam 70-481: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript

Exam 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

Using C#

Exam 70-483: Programming in C#

Exam 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

Exam 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

This certification can be a bit pricey ($150 USD) per exam, but well worth your time and effort. If you are planning a career in mobile app development, this certification will give you a strong edge.

SAP Certified Development Associate – SMP Hybrid and Native Mobile Application Developer

For developers who support SAP/Sybase products, this is a solid intermediate-level certification. Credentialed individuals possess a foundational knowledge of Hybrid and Native mobile application development on the SAP Mobile Platform 2.3. This certification is offered and maintained by Enterprise Mobility, Germany.

Earning this certification will require that you have “several years of practical on-the-job experience.” The exam is made up of 80 MCQs, spread over nine topic areas, to be completed in three hours. A cut score of 65 percent is required.

Enterprise Mobility offers great support for candidates. If you subscribe to the SAB Learning Hub you will also receive access to relevant training materials and “Learning Rooms,” virtual learning spaces where SAP instructors are available to guide you through the required training. For more detailed information on the exam, topic areas covered and exam prep, click here.

IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer – Worklight V6.0

There's a huge market for app developers in India.This is an intermediate level certification for developers with significant hands-on experience using Worklight V6.0 to develop mobile hybrid and native applications. Achieving this certification will enable you to develop client-side apps, server-side integration and security components as well as test, deploy and manage Worklight V6.0 apps.

To complete this certification candidates must pass Test C2180-278. The test consists of 54 questions with single or multiple answers. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam, and a score of 66 percent to clear.

To prepare for this certification it is recommended that you be familiar with the job role description and the parameters this certification is based on. You should have knowledge of the topics outlined in the test objectives/skills measured on the test. To measure the current level of skills you can take a sample test as well.

Apart from above list, there are many secondary educational institutions (on the international level) which also offer certificates in mobile application development, like the University of California Extension (Irvine and San Diego), Northwestern University and ITT Tech. You can also find a number of well-known mobile app development training courses through companies such as Learning Tree, Appcelerator and Google. For convenience, courses can be attended in class or online.

If you’re seeking to transform yourself from a good developer to a great one, go for any of these certifications. They will provide you a competitive edge! Don’t wait! Create value for yourself and get certified!