In 2000, we worked on our MCSE and MCDBA certifications. In 2005, Microsoft changed things up with the MCITP and MCM programs. Things are about to change again – we’ve got the new MCSA, MCSE, and MCSM certifications. Join Kendra Little to learn more in this 30-minute webcast:
Learn More About Changes in Microsoft Certifications
Links from the webcast, and answers to some Q&A:
- The exam buy-one-get-one offer (voucher): http://aka.ms/Prometric241
- Information on the MCSA: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, SQL Server 2012
- Information on the MCSE: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Data Platform
- How long will you have to complete MCTS and MCITP certifications for SQL Server 2008? According to this FAQ, until July 2013. Yes, 2013.
One insightful viewer asked about the differences between the two MCSE exams for Data Platform. They are titled “Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases” and “Designing Solutions for SQL Server 2012.” I recommended checking out the skills measured for the exams (here and here). I re-reviewed these after the webcast and the “Developing” exam really isn’t about what we would typically think of as developer tasks– it includes things like index maintenance, automation of backups and jobs, and interpreting perfmon data as well as what we’d typically think of as developer tasks. Similarly, the “Designing” test also contains a mix of topics between what we have treated as two disciplines in the past.