Monday, August 13, 2012

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Certification Paths

While most traditional IT skills (e.g., database administration) carry over to the cloud, there are cloud skills that are not just traditional IT skills; what might be the best approach toward a given end through traditional IT can be a poor approach through the cloud.
So the companies who need people with cloud skills will need some way to educate existing employees and to distinguish job applicants who have cloud skills from those who don’t.
Microsoft realizes all of this, and anticipates that cloud computing will triumph–SQL Server 2012 is being billed as ‘The Cloud Ready Information Platform’ if that says anything–so the company has done a lot of work lately to make its certifications more relevant in the
cloud era. On that note, the company has announced a few paths to SQL Server 2012 Certification over at Microsoft|Learning.
The base SQL Server certification is now the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate).
If you you hold any MCTS on SQL Server 2008, you’re two exams away from the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
Greenhorns will have to take three exams instead:
  • Exam 461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Exam 462: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database
  • Exam 463: Implementing Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
See Microsoft’s page on the subject for the details.
Once you have the MCSA: SQL Server 2012, you might want to extend and specialize your knowledge a bit. You can do that by picking up an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).
There are two to choose from:
The linked pages have all the details.

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