Get the Right SQL Certifications
Pete Harris
Chris Testa-O’Neill
Christian Bolton
Your Agenda!
Study and
pass your
exams
Let’s Start with a Poll!
Rise Above the Competition
of Hiring Managers
consider employee
certification as a criterion
for hiring
of IT Leaders indicate it
is challenging for IT
organizations to secure
the necessary skills
60%
of IT Cert holders say a
certification led to a new
job
Sources: MCP Program Satisfaction Study 2010; TEKsystems report, Oct 2011; Network World,
November 14, 2011; Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, 2011
of IT holders said a cert
led to a salary boost or
bonus
Certification Integrity
• Redefine certification
audience at a higher level
• Increase differentiation
between Pro and TS levels
• Close the Masters gap
• Enhanced test center
standards + monitoring
• Enhanced exam security
• Post-exam analysis and
monitoring
• Increase difficulty and
relevance of skills tested
• Include more challenging item
types
Design
Develop
Defend
Deliver
• Improved exam UI
• Improved accessibility
What Customers Are Saying:
“It was more in-depth and challenging than I'd heard and
I felt like I'd accomplished a great deal by taking it.”
“After completing
the exam I felt as
though I had
accomplished
something rather
difficult.”
“The exam was more rigorous and difficult than I
expected, which is a good thing. Passing the exam
should mean something, and a tough exam
ensures that.”
“this was a hard exam, and shows that this
certificate will retain its ability to ensure
quality recipients.”
“It was a well structured
exam and I felt proud to
pass it as it was not easy.”
“Very difficult, which is
awesome.”
“As it was not an easy exam
to pass it shows that the
standard of qualification
will be upheld.”
“It was harder than I
expected. I like that
though. It means not
everyone can attain the
certification without really
knowing the material.”
“Harder questions than expected. (Which is good, because in
this way becoming certified actually means something).”
“It was very challenging, and therefore rewarding when I
passed it.”
20 Years of Certification
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Certification Approach
Review prep
guide
Hands on
experience
• Target audience
• Objective domain
• Resources
• Training
• Study groups
• Blogs, articles, user
groups, Conferences
Fill in skills
gaps
More handson
• On the job
• Trial versions,
betas
• TechNet/MSDN
labs
Choosing a Certification
SQL Server 2008 MCTS Exams
TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008,
Implementation and Maintenance
Exam 70 - 432
TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008,
Database Development
Exam 70 - 433
TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business
Intelligence Development
and Maintenance
Exam 70 - 448
SQL Server 2008 MCITP Exams
PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a
Database Server Infrastructure using
Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Exam 70 - 450
PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data
Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Exam 70 - 451
PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence
Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL
Server 2008
Exam 70 - 452
SQL Server MCM, MCA & Maestro
Content Planning
SQL Business Group
TAP customers, MVPs
Partners
Learning Advisory Councils, Trainers
Customers
Focus groups & surveys
Audience Overview
Data
Platform
Business
Intelligence
SQL 2012 Exams
7 Exams
English, French, German, Japanese,
Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified
2 pro-level certification paths
Common skills + Specialty skills
Data Platform & BI
Upgrade from 2008 certs
Re-certification required (3 years)
Data Platform Exams
Professional Level: Data Platform
Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions with Microsoft®
SQL Server® 2012
Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Databases
Exam 70-463: Implementing Data Warehouses with Microsoft
SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-462: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Database
Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server
Business Intelligence Exams
Professional Level: Business Intelligence
Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Platform
Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-463: Implementing Data Warehouses with
Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-462: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Database
Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Official Courseware
Course Number Related Exam
Title
10774
70-461
Querying Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
10775
70-462
Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
Databases
10776
70-464
Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
Databases
10777
70-463
Implementing a Data Warehouse with
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
10778
70-466
Implementing Data Models and Reports with
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
More SQL Server 2012 Content
from MS Learning
23 MS Press Books
10 exam specific titles
Free eBook (Introducing SQL Server 2012)
3 Snacks
SQL Server 2012: Mission Critical Confidence
SQL Server 2012: Breakthrough Insight
SQL Server 2012: Cloud On Your Terms
Release Timing
SQL Server Launch = March 7, 2012
Beta exams = mid-March
Certification announcement = mid-April
MOC release = May 25
Exams release = mid-June
Questions?
Pete Harris
[email protected]
@SQLPete
Chris Testa-O’Neill
[email protected]
@ctesta_oneill
Christian Bolton
[email protected]
@christianbolton
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