SQL Server 2008 Exam Changes

I had a few minutes this afternoon so I decided to watch the SQL Server 2008 Certification Live Meeting.


The most interesting part, at least to me, were the numbers who had passed the various certifications:


  • MCDBA 2000 – 149,590
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2005 (70-431) – 24,939
  • MCITP: Database Administrator (70-443, 70-444) – 4,006
  • MCITP: Database Developer (70-441, 70-442) – 1,596
  • MCTS: Business Intelligence (70-445) – 801
  • MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer (70-446) – 364
  • MCA Database (on campus in Redmond) – 10

From what I gathered, not much is going to change with the release of the 2008 certs. It will still only be two tests to receive your MCITP in BI. One thing I was hoping for were SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS independent tests. Not this time around.

70-445: SQL Server 2005, Business Intelligence Implementation and Maintenance is being replaced by 70-448: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance. My guess is that the exams will differ as much as the title change. If you have the time, study for 70-445 now; no need to put it off for another six months. Beta exams will rollout in June with public consumption in August. No mention of the replacement for 70-446

They also spoke about the MCA Program quite a bit. At only ten people currently having their MCA and it costing 25k a pop, it seems more of a novelty that anything.

Trika’s blog:  http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/
Gerry’s blog:  http://blogs.msdn.com/gerryo

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