Whats missing in the SQL Certification process?

Brent Ozar has just posted a nice interview with Joe Sack about the Microsoft Certfied Master process.

http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2010/02/mcm-prep-week-interview-with-joe-sack/

Brent asks about the gap between the MCM and the normal cert process, He nicely side stepped the point about this and said the MCM is appropriate for a DBA.

Firstly I don't know of any company that will let someone go on training for 3 weeks solid. Whats more they really need prep time before and possible retake time after. I therefore don't see the MCM as for the masses and that leaves a gaping hole between the current cert process and the MCM.

Having someone competent in doing a recovery shouldn't require them to be an MCM. However give me an MCDBA, can I be comfortable in them being able to do a recovery. NO.

Yeh so they can probably find the answer on the web and in a book, but we all know that when the *** hits the fan, you shouldn't be looking things up on Bing/Google to find the answer when your site is down and losing money.

I know some guys in the industry are looking at what to do about this and I applaud them. An example is the foundation program being run by Pragmaticworks http://www.bidn.com/blogs/DevinKnight/ssis/394/pragmatic-works-foundation-class-introduction

This will be a slow process but I feel that some sort of apprentice scheme has to be the way forward. Whilst I still agree this won't appeal to the masses that get certification it definitely will be achievable than the current MCM.


Published 12 February 2010 14:21 by simonsabin

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13 February 2010 14:25 by SqlServerKudos

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