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SQL Server 2008 Certifications

As I am currently preparing for the MCDBA to MCITP 2005 upgrade exam (70-447) it may seem a bit premature to talk about SQL Server 2008 certifications, but there is a webcast available at Trika's blog (from the Microsoft Learning team) below.

http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/2008/02/08/sql-live-meeting-recording.aspx

Something I found surprising from the presentation is that there are just over 4,000 MCITP Database Administrators in the world compared to 150,000 MCDBA's. This may be down to the take-up figures of SQL Server 2005 compared to SQL Server 2000 or it may be as a result of changing the exam format. I found the SQL Server 2005 MCTS exam (70-431) an improvement on the SQL Server 2000 exams. The exam is split into 2 sections: a multiple choice section and a simulation section. You need to pass both the sections, and the lowest mark is taken as your overall mark. This requirement to have at least some degree of hands-on experience is a major improvement and should help eliminate the braindumpers who ultimately devalue the certifications for everyone else !

There is a useful search facility on certguard.com that enables you to search sites to see if they are braindump sites or if they are legitimate. It's worth checking as you could risk being decertified if you continue to use braindumps.

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