Targeted Certifications: Microsoft SQL Server 2005

In the IT world, the ability to prove your skills and knowledge level has never been more important. According to Microsoft Corp. research, fewer than 10 percent of IT professionals worldwide hold professional accreditations.

As IT has grown from a technology-centric job to a strategic, mission-critical function, IT professionals increasingly need to demonstrate their skills using technology to solve business problems. Microsoft Learning’s new generation of certifications reflect these changes. The new program measures the IT professional’s ability to apply the latest, specialized technical skills needed to succeed today. They provide a valuable yardstick by which individuals can prove their value and IT managers can better assess.

Two Series, More Targeted
Microsoft Learning’s new two-series certification program for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides a more targeted approach that better reflects job roles and the changing face of IT. Each series verifies different skill and knowledge sets.

This two-series approach is a significant shift from the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential. The four-exam MCDBA tests knowledge across the breadth of SQL Server and often requires IT or database professionals to be tested in areas of skills and knowledge that do not reflect their specific job role. Its breadth also makes it more difficult to demonstrate specific skill sets.

The new Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist requires candidates to demonstrate their skill sets with specific Microsoft technologies (e.g., SQL Server 2005) and provides a foundation from which to achieve professional-level IT certification. The certification is valid as long…


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