Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Certification Paths

(Same blog posted first at: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15266.microsoft-sql-server-2012-certification-paths.aspx )
Few months after the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft provided the pathway to gain label of an expert in SQL Server 2012. This is again a three-level certification-based career path, where you can give the exams to demonstrate your skills in designing, building, and maintaining the next wave of cloud-ready database and information solutions via SQL Server 2012.
A pictorial view of the entire pathway is given below:

Figure 1. SQL Server 2012 Certification Pathways

As a foundation, the Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA) certification can be achieved by giving following three exams:
On the next level, there are two options for obtaining Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MSCE) certification: Data Platform Solution Expert, and Business Intelligence Solution Expert.

The top level examinations for Microsoft Certified Solution Master (MCSM) has two exams, for which training courses and exams are not available yet.
88-986: MCSM: Data Platform Knowledge exam
88-987: MCSM: Data Platform Lab exam

Also, to upgrade from a Professional-level SQL Server 2008 certification to a Professional-level SQL Server 2012 certification, you must successfully pass three exams, rather than five. The details about the upgrade exams are also available at the respective exam links.


  1. Nice information. People should know various ways to get into SQL server jobs in anywhere in the world.

    Crish Watson
    Pass Microsoft Certification Without Taking Exam

  2. Having read this I believed it was very enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this information together on MS SQL Corporate Training as it give you a Mention Duration of Training clues about corporate working culture. it was still worthwhile!


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