SQL Certifications

Or is that on SQL 2008?  Yes, I know – SQL 2008 is released and so are the new certifications for it as well, but it is still new and the demand for SQL 2008 is just building.  Older Servers and Operating Systems just don’t disappear when the next one is released.  I was teaching an XP class the same week that the Beta for Windows 7 was released.  I believe that there will be a continued demand for SQL 2005 for some time and that this demand will not diminish rapidly even when the demand for SQL 2008 builds.

Now how does this pan out with respect to certifications for SQL 2005.  If you remember – there was but one certification for SQL 2000 – Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) and that was it – here ya go – you are now Certified to work (administer and develop) with SQL 2000!  With the release of SQL 2005, Microsoft introduced several new MCTS and MCITP certifications for this new SQL product.  Why so any new certifications (so we have more to brag about right?).  Well, it follows a logical pattern of how SQL and where SQL is used.  The three new MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) are on Business Intelligence, Database Development and Database Administration.  Seems simple and straight forward enough – one for working with SQL, one on programming SQL and one to provide information contained within SQL. What is interesting is that there are but two MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certifications: SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence.  So far the pattern has been to have more MCTS certifications than MCITP certifications.  But given the subject area – it makes sense.  In fact, when we talk about the SQL 2008 certifications, we will see that there is yet another certification available – the new MCM (Microsoft Certified Master).

How about the certification process?  There is an upgrade path from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 (just as there is an upgrade path from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008).  I will discuss these in my next blog – can’t spoil the surprise now can I? 

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