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  • Please confirm that my understanding of the various certifications is correct as well as the process. 

    I want to be certified in SQL Server technologies. I see the below options located on this "MCITP Certifications" page:

    http://tinyurl.com/mhcvvt

    MCITP: Database Administrator 2008

    Exam 70-432

    Exam 70-450

    MCITP: Database Developer 2008

    Exam 70-433

    Exam 70-451

     

    If I go to this page for the 70-432 exam:

    http://tinyurl.com/yevm9x3

    Which, near the bottom of the page, states this:

    >>>

    Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):MCSA, MCSE

    >>>>>>

     

    Q: There is no mention of the MCITP certification on this page. What gives? Something is out of sync here.

     

    As to the process, do I have to declare my intentions ahead of time to be certified, or can I simply study the material, register for the exam(s) and show up?

    And depending to the answer to the first question,  do I understand correctly that MCITP: Database Administrator 2008  is one certification with only the 2 exams (432 & 450) required and MCITP: Database Developer 2008 is a completely different certification with the 433 & 451 being the two exams (and no others, prerequisite or other wise being required)?

    Is there anything implied by the exam numbering? That is, should I really study the material and pass the exam for #432 before attempting #433?

    I know I have a lot of questions here, but I figure before I go sign up for some classes, I want to make sure I'm not making a mistake. Also, if anyone has any general pointers about this certification process, I'm all ears.

    TIA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



     

     


    Karl Thompson
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 9:52 PM

Answers

  • If I go to this page for the 70-432 exam:

    http://tinyurl.com/yevm9x3

    Which, near the bottom of the page, states this:

    >>>

    Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):MCSA, MCSE

    >>>>>>

     

    Q: There is no mention of the MCITP certification on this page. What gives? Something is out of sync here.


    Something definately wrong there as 70-432 is required to gain MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator

    As to the process, do I have to declare my intentions ahead of time to be certified, or can I simply study the material, register for the exam(s) and show up?

    There is no need to declare your intentions ahead of time to get certified.  You can simply study the material, book the exam via Prometric (https://www.register.prometric.com/) and turn up for the exam(s)

    And depending to the answer to the first question, do I understand correctly that MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 is one certification with only the 2 exams (432 & 450) required and MCITP: Database Developer 2008 is a completely different certification with the 433 & 451 being the two exams (and no others, prerequisite or other wise being required)?

    Correct.  Two exams required for each MCITP Certificaton and no other prerequisite

    Is there anything implied by the exam numbering? That is, should I really study the material and pass the exam for #432 before attempting #433?

    You can sit the esams in any order that you chose.


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

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    • Marked as answer by Karl T_ Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:02 PM
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:00 PM

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  • If I go to this page for the 70-432 exam:

    http://tinyurl.com/yevm9x3

    Which, near the bottom of the page, states this:

    >>>

    Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):MCSA, MCSE

    >>>>>>

     

    Q: There is no mention of the MCITP certification on this page. What gives? Something is out of sync here.


    Something definately wrong there as 70-432 is required to gain MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator

    As to the process, do I have to declare my intentions ahead of time to be certified, or can I simply study the material, register for the exam(s) and show up?

    There is no need to declare your intentions ahead of time to get certified.  You can simply study the material, book the exam via Prometric (https://www.register.prometric.com/) and turn up for the exam(s)

    And depending to the answer to the first question, do I understand correctly that MCITP: Database Administrator 2008 is one certification with only the 2 exams (432 & 450) required and MCITP: Database Developer 2008 is a completely different certification with the 433 & 451 being the two exams (and no others, prerequisite or other wise being required)?

    Correct.  Two exams required for each MCITP Certificaton and no other prerequisite

    Is there anything implied by the exam numbering? That is, should I really study the material and pass the exam for #432 before attempting #433?

    You can sit the esams in any order that you chose.


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Please mark answered if I've answered your question and vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    • Marked as answer by Karl T_ Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:02 PM
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:00 PM
  • Hi Karl,

    Welcome to the wonderful world of getting certified. First I want to stress the benefit of attending official training, having the opportunity to ask questions, get answers and so on. 6231 and 6232 is the courses for 70-432 and 70-433, courses 50400 and 50401 is for 70-450 and 70-451. I'd love seeing you in my classes. The courses are not one to one against the tests. Or do your own self study, MS Press has some good books. Maybe get yourself some MeasureUp self tests as well.

    For SQL Server there are three tracks SQL Administration, SQL Developing and Business Intelligence.

    There are two levels as you mentioned; MCTS and MCITP, there are a few more like MCM (Microsoft Certified Master) and MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect).

    To become a MCITP: Database Administrator 2008, you first must get the MCTS: Database Administrator status. That is, first test 70-432, and then 70-450, you can take the test in any order. You do not need to tell anyone anything, just do the tests.

    For the numbering, I guess they just ended up like that. *smiles

    The 432 and 433 are both MCTS-level, and you can take them in any order you want. The 432 is more on the it pro side of things, and 433 is more developer skills.

    The same goes for 450 and 451.

     

     


    Microsoft Certified Trainer & MVP on SQL Server
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:08 PM
  • Thank you. 

    I've not found anything official on any microsoft.com page, but from what I'm gathering, MCSE and MCSA are discontinued certifications. Y/N?

    One more question.  What's the "TS" designation that I see all about?

    Example:

    Exam 70-432:

    TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

     

     

     

     

     


    Karl Thompson
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:09 PM
  • MCSE and MCSA are Windows Server certifications. You can use the SQL Server MCTS exam as one of the exams for these certifications.

    TS is short for MCTS.  Mattias explains what MCTS is in his reply.


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

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    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:12 PM
  • TS is short for MCTS which is short for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.

    PRO is short for MCITP which is short for Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional.


    Microsoft Certified Trainer & MVP on SQL Server
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:24 PM
  • If you have any more inquiries about SQL Server certification please let me know.
    Microsoft Certified Trainer & MVP on SQL Server Please mark answered if I've answered your question and vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    Thursday, January 5, 2012 10:28 AM