SQL Server 2012 Certification Exams
After the release of SQL Server 2012 data platform, new SQL Server 2012 certifications and certification exams are announced.
Just like the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification, SQL Server 2012 certifications will be different and more difficult when compared with previous SQL Server certifications and exams.
Similar to certification exams, certification training kits are also changed. Microsoft now one-to-one maps certification exams and training kits and preparation books.
With SQL Server 2012, another change in Microsoft certification policy is that certified professionals should take recertification exams every three years.
So SQL certification owner will retake some of the exams and this will ensure that data professionals skills are up to date.
SQL Server 2012 Exams List
SQL Server 2012 certification exams list contains 7 exams.
These SQL Server certification exams include the following Transact-SQL, database administration, data warehouse certification, data modelling, reporting and Business Intelligence certification exams.
Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
What is especially taking eye when a database professional will have a look at the SQL Server 2012 exams list the 70-463 Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server 2012 exam.
In previous SQL Server certification models, Data Warehouse implementation was a part of the other SQL Server exams like Business Intelligence development and implementing exams.
In SQL Server 2012, implementing a Data Warehouse is itself a topic for separate Data Warehouse certification exam.
With now enhancements in self-service BI and new Business Intelligence tools in Microsoft Office Excel, SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence certification will be important for enterprises looking for BI solutions.
Microsoft certification exam 70-461 and 70-464 can be considered as base SQL certification exams.
On the other hand, exam 70-462 is the fundamental database administration certification exam.