MCSE

MCSE: Data Platform

Solutions Expert

The globally recognised standard for IT professionals

Demonstrate your broad skill sets in SQL Server administration and in building enterprise-scale data solutions both on-premises and in cloud environments.

Earning an MCSE: Data Platform certification will qualify you for jobs such as database analyst and database designer.

StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014Take course 461Take exam 461MCSE: Data Platform Solutions Expert
2Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 DatabasesTake course 462Take exam 462
3

Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014

After successfully completing steps 1–3, you'll earn an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification.

Take course 463Take exam 463
4Developing Microsoft SQL Server DatabasesTake course 464Take exam 464
5Designing Database Solutions for SQL ServerTake course 465Take exam 465

This MCSE certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every three years.

Additional options

You can substitute Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012, Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services, or Exam 483: Programming in C#, for Exam 463.

See the optional training for Administering Windows Server 2012

See the optional training for Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

See the optional training for Programming in C#

How to upgrade to the MCSE: Data Platform certification

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSE: Data Platform certification.

  • MCITP: Database Developer 2008
  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
StepTitleRequired examCertification earned
1Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1Take exam 457MCSE: Data Platform Solutions Expert
2

Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2

After successfully completing steps 1–2, you'll earn an MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 certification.

Take exam 458
3Developing Microsoft SQL Server DatabasesTake exam 464
4Designing Database Solutions for SQL ServerTake exam 465

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 See lists of withdrawn exams and withdrawn certifications.

How to recertify the MCSE: Data Platform certification

If you currently hold the MCSE: Data Platform certification and your three-year recertification date is approaching, there are two options for recertification.

Option 1: Recertify by taking this exam:

TitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
Recertification for MCSE: Data Platform Not available Take exam 469MCSE: Data Platform Solutions Expert

Option 2: Recertify through Microsoft Virtual Academy.

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