MS SQL Server Certification path from initial stage RRS feed

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  • Hi,

    I have just completed my Bachelors in Information Technology with good score. The most interesting thing I liked was database. 

    I want to give Microsoft Certification exams of SQL Server. I don't know which certification should I start preparing for? As there are tons of certi courses available at Microsoft.

    What is the first certification exam should I opt for?

    Any help!!!!!! 

    Friday, May 10, 2013 1:12 PM


  • Hi,

    Microsoft has a couple of certifcation paths for database professionals. The first is the MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) certifications. These exams are geared towards people like yourself that are just finishing up school. It will give you a good feel for how certification exams are structured. There is one database related MTA exam. Here is a link with more information: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=98-364#fbid=YAxHKz6a9fB

    Microsoft also has two higher level certification tracks, MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert). The MCSA certification is a prerequisite for the MCSE.

    Here is a link to the page for the MCSA  certification for SQL 2012: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsa-sql-certification.aspx#fbid=YAxHKz6a9fB

    There are three exams in the track. You can take the exams in any order. Microsoft Learning recently created some online study groups for people pursuing certifcations. I help to moderate the SQL server study group forum. Here is a link to that site: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/database/default.aspx#fbid=vh3ZKtOpl-x

    Please let us know what other questions you may have.

    Mike Corkery, MCT, MVP (Office Systems), MCSD (Windows Store Apps), MCITP, MCPD, MSF, etc. Please do not forget to click “Vote as Helpful” if any post helps you and "Mark as Answer”if it solves the issue.

    Friday, May 10, 2013 4:37 PM