Where Can I Earn a Microsoft SQL Certification?

Information technology (IT) professionals who are experienced in database administration might be interested in earning a Microsoft SQL (Structured Query Language) certification to help them get ahead in their careers. Read on to learn more. Schools offering Computer Support Technician degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Microsoft SQL Certifications Overview

Microsoft offers four certifications in its SQL server technology. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is the basic SQL certification. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL Server 2012 certification requires that you have advanced SQL skills. If you're an expert in SQL server technology, you might want to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Platform or a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Business Intelligence. Each certification level requires you complete the previous levels.

Important information About SQL Certification

Prerequisites 2 or more years of experience databases and knowledge of Microsoft technology
Online Availability SQL certification can be taken online or in person
Recertification MCSE-holders must take a recertification exam every three years
Possible Careers Database administrator, developer, system administrator
Median Salary (2018) $90,070 (for all database administrators)
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 11% growth (for all database administrators)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Exam Preparation

While there are no specific course prerequisites for Microsoft SQL certification, you can find exam preparation classes at many universities, community colleges, and private computer training facilities. Textbooks and online preparatory materials are available if you prefer independent study or do not need a full prep class. Microsoft outlines the skills you are tested on for each certification exam on its website (www.microsoft.com).

Some schools participate in the Microsoft IT Academy program and have access to the official Microsoft training materials for their SQL certification courses. You can locate a nearby Microsoft IT Academy participating school on the Microsoft website. Most Microsoft IT Academy participant schools are also testing centers.

When your scheduled testing date arrives, you take the exam at your chosen test site. There is a fee, and while most certifications are available in several languages, other certifications are only offered in English.

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