Systems Engineering and RDBMS

SQL Server 2008 Certification Exams

Posted by decipherinfosys on October 14, 2008

MSFT has released 4 exams for the SQL Server 2008 certifications:

Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Exam 70-452: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Certifications are good for your career in 2 ways:

a) It does indicate to the recruiter and the employer that you have the skill set needed for the job.

b) When preparing for these certifications, you would need to cover topics that you might have never had to work with in your professional career.  SQL Server offers a lot of features and depending upon the requirements of one’s job, you might not have touched upon certain topics.  So, while preparing for such certifications, the guides do help in getting a knowledge of all the different areas.

Passing certification just for the sake of achieving it should be avoided.  I have seen colleagues take just cram sessions and clear the certifications and I knew that in day to day work some of them were lacking even the basic fundamentals.  You will end up doing more harm to yourself if you do so because sooner or later, the truth always comes out.  So, it is better to practice and also go through the different study guides and materials (from MSFT or from other vendors), understand the concepts and play with the different scripts in order to solidify your understanding of the features and then achieving these certifications will help you in more ways than one.

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