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Microsoft Database Certification Path

Get trained in SQL Server 2012 and gain the skills needed to unite the power of the cloud with the demand for deeper insight into customer data. These courses also prepare you for certification on Microsoft SQL Server.

Learn SQL with Microsoft SQL Server training

Entry level: Database

  • Database Fundamentals
  • Associate level: SQL Server 2012
  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Expert level: Data Platform

Expert level: Business Intelligence

  • Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Master level: Data Platform

There are no training courses available to prepare you for the exams required to achieve an MCSM: Data Platform. You’ll need to rely on the experience you’ve gained in designing and building the most innovative solutions using Microsoft SQL Server technologies.

  • MCSM: Data Platform Knowledge. Exam: 986
  • MCSM: Data Platform Lab. Exam: 987


Frequently asked questions about Microsoft IT certifications:

What is the re-certification requirement?

In order to ensure that our certifications are meaningful and valuable indicators of candidates’ skills, Microsoft has implemented a recertification requirement for the MCSE and MCSD certifications. MCSE candidates will be required to recertify every three years, while MCSD candidates will recertify every two years. Initially, recertification requires passing one or two exams. Microsoft is exploring other recertification options and will announce those options as appropriate.

How long is a Microsoft Certification valid?

Microsoft Certifications are valuable in the market and will remain valuable as long as companies are using the technologies covered in the certification. Over time, certifications will be withdrawn and eventually will transition to a “legacy” status. Legacy Microsoft Certifications will appear on your transcript designated as such. Refer to the certification page for the most current information regarding status.

Are there upgrade paths available for Microsoft Certifications?

Depending on the certification you have achieved, most certifications have an upgrade path available.

Which certification should I start with?

For those new to technology, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is the recommended starting point for our certifications. Although not required, MTA certifications provide a solid foundation for those preparing for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and MCSD certifications. Those who have been working with the technology should start with the MCSA or MCSD certification. These are prerequisites for any further certifications. The MCSA certification validates that job seekers have a minimum set of skills to hit the ground running.

What do I gain from passing a Microsoft Certification exam?

When you pass your first Microsoft Certification exam, you become a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community with access to all of the benefits provided through the Microsoft Certification Program. You can share your transcript with others to prove that you passed that exam and show your progress towards a specific certification. In some cases, such as when you pass an MTA or Specialist exam, that single exam will also earn you the associated certification.

Why don’t all of the certification titles include version numbers?

Certifications that require recertification are not “versioned” because they may cover multiple technologies.

Will I be able to earn a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification for passing exams that count towards the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification?

MCITP: Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certifications are withdrawn.