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  • I am working in ASP.net 3.5 and sql server 2005 currently. What certifications can i go for. Suggest me the various certifications available
    Friday, January 21, 2011 12:49 PM


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  • Hi,

    For SQL Server 2005 I recommend; - MCTS Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance (Exam 70-431) and purchase the training kit; -


    Web link; - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-431&locale=en-us

    For ASP.NET 3.5 I recommend; - MCTS Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development (Exam 70-562) and purchase the training kit; - http://www.amazon.com/MCTS-Self-Paced-Training-Exam-70-562/dp/073562562X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1295615303&sr=1-1

    Web link; - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?id=70-562#tab3

    Kind Regards,


    If you have found any of my posts helpful then please vote them as helpful. Kieran Patrick Wood MCTS BI, PGD SoftDev (Open), MBCS http://uk.linkedin.com/in/kieranpatrickwood
    Friday, January 21, 2011 1:04 PM
  • Hi,

    first of all I would think about the possible certifications. These can be found at microsoft.com:
    - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-vstudio.aspx (Visual Studio)
    - http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sql-server.aspx (SQL Server)

    I have the feeling, that you are mainly interested in Software Development. (But this is complete guessing from my side! Please provide more information if you want better answers that are not based on guessing) So I disagree in this point with Kieran: The 70-431 is mainly for administrators. But you mentioned ASP.Net, so I think that Database Developer exams are more in your scope. And the 70-562 exam handles ASP.Net, but it willnot give you the MCTS certificationwithout 70-536.

    And I would think twice about taking exams for old technology! SQL Server 2008 R2 is available and a CTP of a new SQL Server is also available. So my recommendation would be:
    - 70-433: SQL Server 2008 Database Developer
    - 70-515: .Net Framework 4.0: Web Applications

    Both will grant you a MCTS Title, cover newest Technology (so no need of upgrading at the moment) and you just have 2 exams instead of 3 to gain 2 MCTS certifications.

    With kind regards,


    Friday, January 21, 2011 1:56 PM
  • I'm not sure about the rest of the world but in the UK there are still more SQL Server 2005 databases to support than SQL 2008, so on balance there is probably more work available in SQL Server 2005 than SQL Server 2008. From my own experience if you are working on SQL Server 2005 as a main part of your day job you will find the MCTS SQL Server certification (Exam 70-431) much easier to pass. I think also it's a question of timing if you don't intend to sit the exam for another year then maybe SQL Server 2008 Certification is the way to go. If your current employer is upgrading to SQL Server 2008 shortly I think this is a very important factor also. I can't stress enough how much stuff you need to cram into your head to pass these MCTS exams so if you are working on the same version as part of your day job you will need to perform much less revision in your own time to pass.

    Again from my own experience I've worked as a .Net developer, SQL Developer, SQL DBA and SQL BI Developer, during all these roles I have had database administrator responsibilities when looking at the actual subject areas examined within these MCTS exams. I believe it's good practice to pass the MCTS SQL DBA exam (70-431) before specialising as indicated in the diagram which is at the back of the SQL Server MCTS books. Since all SQL Server jobs require DBA skills I believe you are casting a wider net from a career perspective by passing the MCTS SQL DBA exam.


    If you have found any of my posts helpful then please vote them as helpful. Kieran Patrick Wood MCTS BI, PGD SoftDev (Open), MBCS http://uk.linkedin.com/in/kieranpatrickwood
    Friday, January 21, 2011 2:16 PM