Microsoft SQL Server certifications

Prove your knowledge and skills in designing, building, and maintaining the next wave of cloud-ready database and information solutions.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

The fundamentals of IT

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level

The skills for your professional career

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Expert level

The globally recognized standard for IT professionals

Other certifications

The lifespan of a certification varies, based on certification track and certification technology. See lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

Upgrade Paths

If you have already earned an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification, you are eligible to take advantage of a shorter upgrade path to achieve an MCSA: SQL 2016 certification.

You can upgrade the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification to the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development certification through a single exam.

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Developing SQL DatabasesTake course 762 Take exam 762 (in development) MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development

You can upgrade the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification to the MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification through a single exam.

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Provisioning SQL DatabasesTake course 765 Take exam 765 (in development) MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration

You can upgrade the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification to the MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development certification through a single exam.

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Developing SQL Data ModelsTake course 768 Take exam 768 (in development) MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address the SQL certifications. Visit the certification overview or exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

I have already started down the path to earn a certification on one of the technologies that will be updated. What should I do?

Regardless of the SQL certification level you are currently pursuing, we encourage you to continue down the path for your certification, as upgrade paths become available.

I want to start learning more about the updates to the technology. Where can I find training?

As new technology updates become available, you will see a variety of training also offered through Microsoft Learning Partners. These resources include First Look clinics, hands-on labs, and courses using Microsoft Official Course content. In addition, many training resources are available to you directly through Microsoft Virtual Academy.