Complete Guide To Prepare For Microsoft SQL Certification

A cloud based database,  Microsoft SQL Server 2016  is powered with innovative intelligence capabilities. Features breakthrough mission-critical capabilities with operational analytics and in-memory performance integrated. Microsoft SQL Server’s comprehensive security features facilitate security of data at rest and in motion.

Businesses gain from variety of tools and add-ons for data warehousing, business intelligence and data-driven applications of all kinds with SQL 2016. This is probably why every level of SQL certifications offer some type of database-related credentials.

Organizations can get deeper insights into their data as well as advanced capabilities performing beyond business intelligence. They can perform advanced analytics directly within their database and generate rich business insights on any device.

Businesses can benefit from the hyper-scale cloud that allows stretching all transactional data to Microsoft Azure to facilitate ease access irrespective of its size. Aside from this, SQL Server provides a database platform for hybrid cloud for building solutions spanning on-premises and cloud.

To make the most of this technology solution, businesses rely on professionals with knowledge about how to harness Microsoft SQL Server to drive hybrid cloud strategy, deliver mission-critical performance. They want Microsoft certified professionals to manage industry operations.

SQL server training and certification help a candidate become a certified SQL Server Professional. Microsoft offers many certifications to support Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft SQL Server 2016. Microsoft announced significant changes to its certification program in September 2016, which added five fresh certifications to the  MCSE  and  MCSD  (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) programs.

Earning Microsoft SQL Certifications

Microsoft awards various certificates for SQL Server 2016. The certificate validates the ability of a professional to capitalize on the breakthrough performance of Microsoft SQL Server that delivers faster data insights to facilitate business transformation.

Entry Level Certificate – MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate)
MTA training prepares a candidate for Exam 98-364. The course comprises 5 modules:

  • Understanding Core Database Concepts


  • Creating Database Objects


  • Manipulating Data


  • Data Storage


  • Administering a Database


MTA is a rather new suite of technology certification to validate the fundamental knowledge required to build advance career in Microsoft SQL Server. The training provides an appropriate entry point for a better career. There are no prerequisites for the course.

Associate Level Certificate: MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate): SQL 2016 Database Development
The course prepares for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. There are two levels of the course:
a.Querying Data with Transact-SQL

The course introduces candidates to Transact-SQL. It is designed in a way that the course also prepares students for other courses in SQL Server curriculum along with the exam 70-761.

The course objective is to provide students with a good understanding of the Transact-SQL language, used across all SQL server related disciplines – Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. There are total 18 modules in the course.

Preparations: Classroom training and self-study can help prepare for the exam. Microsoft led resources can help.

b.Developing SQL Databases
The course provides knowledge and skills required to develop a Microsoft SQL 2016 Database. Primary focus is to teach students how to use SQL Server 2016 tools and product features to develop a database. Certification can be obtained after the exam 70-762. There are total 18 modules. Prerequisites for the course include:

  • Having the basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality


  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL


  • Operational knowledge of relational databases


  • IT professionals who want to acquire skills on SQL Server 2016 product features and tools for implementing a database can benefit from this course.
    Preparations: Classroom training from a certified trainer can help. Self-study is also important.


Associate Level Certificate: MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration

The course helps earn MCSA: SQL 2016 certificate in Database Administration. It also comprises two levels:
a.Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure

Involving 15 modules, the course prepares for exam 70-764. Professionals who already administer and maintain SQL Server databases can upgrade their knowledge and skills to administer a SQL server database infrastructure. Also, professionals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server database can also benefit from this course.
Prerequisites:

  • Exposure to the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.


  • Operational knowledge of Transact-SQL.


  • Relevant experience with database design.


  • Working knowledge of relational databases.


  • Preparations: Classroom training by a certified professional and self-study can help.


a.Provisioning SQL Databases
The course prepares for exam 70-765 by providing knowledge pertaining to provisioning SQL Server databases both on premise and in SQL Azure. Individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases can further their career with this course. Also, anyone playing a role in an organization where database plays a central role can benefit from this course. The course comprises 10 modules.
In order to pursue the course, a student must have:

  • Exposure to the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.


  • Experience with database design


  • Operational knowledge of Transact-SQL.


  • Working knowledge of relational databases.


  • Preparations: Microsoft led online forums, classroom training by a certified trainer and self-study can help with the exam.


b. Associate Level Certificate: MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development
The course also helps you earn an MCSA: SQL 2016 certification in two levels:
a. Implementing an SQL Data Warehouse
Covering 14 modules, the course prepares for exam 70-767 providing skills to provision a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 database, both on-premise and in Azure. Any professional willing to take a Business Intelligence Developer role can benefit from this course.
Aside from relevant professional experience, the student should also have following technical knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of relational databases.


  • Understanding of the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.


  • Experience with database design.


Preparations: Classroom training, self-study and online forums can help.

b.Developing SQL Data Models
The course is about creating managed enterprise BI solutions and helps you prepare for exam 70-768. After the course, professionals learn how to implement tabular and multidimensional data models and how to create dimensions, cubes, measures and measure groups.

Before taking this course, students must have know-how of querying data using Transact-SQL.

Preparations: Certified instructor-led classroom training, self-study and online resources can help.

There are additional SQL Server 2016 courses as well.