Certification Progress

Like a lot of us, I had set myself some goals @ the start of the year, and I did not make them all that easy

I had set myself the goal to become Microsoft certified in SQL Server 2008 & 2012 {the details on what exactly where the 2012 certifications where not clear when the goal was initially set}

I duly spent the best part of the 1st half of the year, in studies for and taking the 4 exams to become an MCITP 2008 SQL Server for both Database Administrator & Developer

  • Exam 70-432 This was already in the bag from last year (Sept 24th 2011)
  • Exam 70-450 Taken and passed on June 9th

So @ this point I had achieved the 1st of my MCITP certifications SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator

  • Exam 70-433 Taken and passed on June 29th
  • Exam 70-451 Taken and passed on July 22nd

So now I had achieved the 2nd of my MCITP certifications SQL Server 2008 Database Developer


Also I had the opportunity to take a SQL 2012 Beta exam when they became available, due to my schedule I was only able to take just one of these - so I choose the new Query based one

  • Exam 70-461 After waiting for the beta results, I found I had indeed passed it April 12th
  • Exam 70-462 Taken and passed this on Aug 26th
  • Exam 70-463 not as yet scheduled, I will be likely attempt that in next few weeks

When I do pass the 70-463 I will have the achieved the newly minted SQL Server 2012 MCSA certification as detailed in http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sql-server.aspx

  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012

Once{When} I do pass and have the MSCA cert, I can progress onto the next level which is the MCSE: Data Platform this requires 2 more exams

  • Exam 70-464 Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Exam 70-465 Designing Database Solutions for SQL Server 2012

I will also probably look @ taking another exam, So I can get the MCSA in 2008 as well

  • Exam 70-448 Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

As this would then earn me the following certification MCSA: SQL Server 2008


This is all good progress, however the main certification goal I had set myself was this advanced certification one Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SQL Server 2008


To achieve this difficult goal, I first needed to gain those 2 pre-requisite MCITP Certifications SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator & SQL Server 2008 Database Developer {these was duly achieved on July 22nd}

So now I had both of the pre-requisites, I could attempt the 2 exams for the MCM SQL 2008 certification

  • Exam 88-970 SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Knowledge Exam, Taken and passed on Aug 13th
  • Exam 99-971 SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master: Lab Exam, Currently awaiting a date in Sept or Oct when I can attempt this one

I'm in final study mode now for the Lab, I think that there are somewhere around 100-120 people certified @ this advanced level {about 40-50% of those working @ Microsoft}


So even as my goals are nearing completion, I do think I will likely achieve them before the year ends,  my learning will continue into next year and well beyond

So with 3 or 4 more 90-xxx exams and a 88-971 Lab to complete - I've no time yet to relax

Right it is time I got back to my studies, perhaps I will see you @ one of the conferences I'll be presenting @ in the remainder of 2012

  • SQL Saturday #162 - Cambridge, UK
  • SQL Rally Nordic - Copenhagen, Denmark
  • SQL PASS Summit - Seattle, US


Published Monday, August 27, 2012 11:47 AM by NeilHambly
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