Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Certifications


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  • As you may know, Microsoft have introduced a new suite of certifications and SQL Server 2008 is included in this new suite. The changes made, should make it simpler follow your path of choice as they now differentiate technology skills and job role skills.
  • Quick overview of the paths now available. To upgrade or not. Brief overview of some of the content covered in various paths. Courses available – paid & free – local training providers, online courses to get an overview. Reading List – amalgamated list from the Microsoft recommended reading lists. Special offers currently available. Additional Resources
  • Being recognized as an expert in your field, whether it is internally at work, amongst your peers or out in the wider IT community, can give you a great feeling of achievement and self-confidence. Becoming certified helps you prove to your peers and yourself that you are committed to improving your skills. Certification can increase job opportunities either within your current role, your employer may trust you with more complex tasks or with mentoring junior members of staff, or if you’re looking for a new role then certification can be a foot in the door for some companies with strict hiring policies. The certification may also be the difference between an intermediate pay scale and a senior pay scale which can, in some cases, be quite significant. As well the potential personal benefits, companies who meet the Microsoft Partner Program requirements who have at least two exclusive Microsoft Certified Professional can apply to be MS Partners. The partner company needs to retain at least 2 MCPs to keep their certification, so if an MCP leaves then it is well worth an already partnered company providing certification training for non-certified staff. Microsoft Partners have access to a large number of resources, tools and content including: Partner Learning Centre, Virtual Labs, Online Tutorials, Microsoft Solution Selling for Partners Online, Partner Marketing Training to name but a few.
  • With the new certification structure it is possible to become certified early on in your certification journey. All paths start out at Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, for this qualification you need to pass a single exam, but nothing is stopping you from passing multiple MCTS exams in order to gain and demonstrate breadth of knowledge. MCTS qualifications are designed to highlight your areas of specialty and will also give you access to the MCP community and its benefits, such as a personal profile on and access to the Microsoft Knowledge Base. The next step up the rung we have two option, the Microsoft Certified IT Professional certification and the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer. The Technology Series offers specialist certifications in implementation, building , troubleshooting and deployment of specific Microsoft technologies. The Professional Series validates the skill sets required for a particular job. The Master Series at the top offers individuals the chance to show they have deep technical skills for a particular product. This program offers advanced, experience-based training and testing on Microsoft technologies. So how does this look from a SQL Server 2008 perspective?
  • If you hold an Microsoft Certified IT Professional on SQL Server 2005, you will be able to take advantage of a one-exam upgrade path to transition your skills to SQL Server 2008. Each upgrade path will earn you multiple certifications.
  • For each of the specialist areas shown, there are multiple skill areas tested, for example: BI = Implementing, configuring, deploying and maintaining a SQL Server Integration Services Solution, a SQL Server Analysis Services Solution and a SQL Server Reporting Services Solution, Designing both relational and multi-dimensional database schemas, collecting and interpreting business requirements DD = Designing & Implementing tables and views, Implementing programing objects, Writing T-SQL queries, Working with additional SQL Server components – for example Database Mail integration, Working with XML data, Gathering performance information, Gathering business requirements Database Administrator: Installing & Configuring, Maintaining Instances, Defining and Managing Security, Maintaining A Database, Perform Data Management Tasks, Monitoring & Troubleshooting, Optimize Performance, Implementing High Availability, Automation of admin tasks, deployments & migration, Defining infrastructure
  • Courses for MCTS level certifications will soon be available. The classroom training courses are now showing up in the course descriptors for various training institutions, however, most have no courses scheduled to run before January next year. The earliest I could find was Ace Training offering course 6235 on Jan 27 th 2009. The cost of the classroom training courses is around $1700 for the 3 day courses and $2900 for the 5 day courses.
  • Courses for MCTS level certifications are now available. The classroom training courses are now showing up in the course descriptors for various training institutions, however, most have no courses scheduled to run before January next year. The earliest I could find was Ace Training offering course 6235 on Jan 27 th 2009. The cost of the classroom training courses is around $1700 for the 3 day courses and $2900 for the 5 day courses.
  • All the free courses can be accessed via the Microsoft Learning portal. 6187 covers: 6188 = Enterprise Data Platform 6189 = Business Intelligence 6190 = Database Development
  • Darryl Burling very helpfully posted an up to date list of upcoming SQL Server training courses on his blog yesterday.  The dates are exact based on the information received but could be subject to change. I’ve only pulled out the Auckland courses, but if you head on over to Darryl’s blog (link at the end of this presentation), then there is a full list showing Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch.
  • If you are confident that you can pass the exam without reading any of the training material (as it’s not available yet), or sitting any of the courses (again, not available yet), then some of the exams are ready for you to sit. If you registered for the “first to know” offer then you will have received an email with a 40% discount voucher off the price of your choice of one of the two SQL Server 2008 MCTS exams. This voucher is valid until April 2009 at any Prometric test centre. If you didn’t register for the first to know offer then I’m sorry, but this offer has now closed. Several SQL Server 2008 Self Paced Training Kits are available for pre-order at
  • All of the special offers listed can be found on the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Learning Portal Page – details at the end. For a limited time you can get a copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition when you enroll and attend select SQL Server 2008 training between December 10 th 2008 and June 30 th 2009. The E-Book is definitely worth downloading: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 by Peter DeBetta, Greg Low & Mark Whitehorn. You can get this via the learning portal – details at the end. Amazon has a wealth of SQL Server 2008 books, I’ve just picked out a few examples from the Microsoft Press offerings.
  • Learning Portal has information on: Special Offers Books E-Learning Classroom training Certification
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Certifications

    1. 1. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Certifications
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Why get certified? </li></ul><ul><li>Certification paths </li></ul><ul><li>Brief look at path content </li></ul><ul><li>Courses & Exams </li></ul><ul><li>Special offers </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why Get Certified? <ul><li>Expert recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Increased confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Increased job opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Earn more money </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages for your employer </li></ul>
    4. 4. Certification Paths
    5. 5. + a thorough understanding of SQL Server core components and dependencies + a thorough understanding of SQL Server design and architecture + minimum 1 year of experience with SQL Server 2005 or later: installing, configuring, troubleshooting + 5 years experience with SQL Server 7.0 or later: installing, configuring, troubleshooting Must be certified as both MCITP Database Developer AND MCITP Database Administrator (4 exams)           If you meet all the following criteria you can apply to take part in the MCA program MCA - 3 week training session + 3 exams + qualification lab - held in Redmond - cost $18,500           Exam: 70-450   Exam: 70-451   Exam: 70-452 Database Administrator 2008   Database Developer 2008   BI Developer 2008 MCITP - Pass 1 additional exam in your chosen path to achieve MCITP           Exam: 70-432   Exam: 70-433   Exam: 70-448 Implementation & Maintenance   Database Development   BI Development and Maintenance MCTS: SQL Server 2008 - Pass 1 exam in your chosen path to achieve MCTS           Administrator   Developer   Business Intelligence           SQL Server 2008 Certification Paths
    6. 6. SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Paths SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance Business Intelligence Developer 2008   70-455 Business Intelligence Developer SQL Server 2008 Database Development Database Developer 2008   70-454   Database Developer SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance Database Administrator 2008   70-453   Database Administrator MCTS MCITP = Exam + SQL Server 2005: MCITP
    7. 7. Brief Path Content Overview <ul><li>Business Intelligence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SSIS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SSAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SSRS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database Developer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Tables, Views & Programming Objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write T-SQL Queries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with XML data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Database Administrator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install, Configure and Maintain the database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define & Manage Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Troubleshoot & Performance Tune </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. MCTS Courses <ul><li>Classroom Training - available 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6231(DBA) – 5 day course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6232 (Dev) – 5 day course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6234, 6235 & 6236 (BI) – 3 day courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expected December 2008 (DBA & BI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No E-Learning currently available for Dev path </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-Paced Training Kits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70-432 Expected January 2009 (DBA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70-433 Expected March 2009 (Dev) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70-448 Expected March 2009 (BI) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. MCITP Courses <ul><li>Classroom Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No classroom training currently available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No E-Learning currently available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-Paced Training Kits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Microsoft Press books currently available </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. SQL Server 2008 E-Learning <ul><ul><li>6187: Collection: What’s new in SQL Server 2008 – FREE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6258: New features of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services – FREE </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Upcoming Available Courses Auckland <ul><li>6158: Updating your SQL Server 2005 Skills to SQL Server 2008 (3 days) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feb 2 nd to 5 th 2009 – Ace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feb 25 th to 27 th 2009 – Auldhouse </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Exams <ul><li>The following exams are now available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70-432 – MCTS – SQL Server 2008 Implementation & Maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70-448 – MCTS – SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Microsoft Special Offers <ul><li>Free SQL Server Standard Edition </li></ul><ul><li>40% off select SQL Server 2008 books </li></ul><ul><li>40% off MS Press E-Reference Library Subs </li></ul><ul><li>20% off E-Learning: 2778 – Query Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Free Course: 4331 – Modifying Data in Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Free 2nd shot offer on SQL Server 2008 exams </li></ul><ul><li>Free MS Press E-Book offer </li></ul>
    14. 14. Resources <ul><li>Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Learning Portal: </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft E-Learning Portal: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>My blog & email: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Darryl Burling’s Blog: </li></ul>