MCSA: SQL Server

MCSA: SQL Server

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Demonstrate your essential skills and breakthrough insights in developing and maintaining the next wave of mission-critical environments. (New to IT? Learn about MTA certification for beginners.)

Earning an MCSA: SQL Server certification will qualify you for a position as a database developer or database analyst.

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StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012Take course 461Take exam 461MCSA: SQL Server 2012
2Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 DatabasesTake course 462Take exam 462
3Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012Take course 463Take exam 463

Next

Earn your MCSE certification.

Additional options

You can substitute Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012, Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services, Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, 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 MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification

You can upgrade any MCTS or MCSA certification on SQL Server 2008 to the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification.

StepTitleRequired examCertification earned
1Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 1Take exam 457MCSA: SQL Server 2012
2Transition Your MCTS on SQL Server 2008 to MCSA: SQL Server 2012, Part 2Take exam 458

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

How to earn your MCSA: SQL Server 2008 certification
StepExam titleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and MaintenanceTake course 6231
Take exam 432MCSA: SQL Server 2008
2Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and MaintenanceTake course 6236
Take course 6235
Take course 6234
Take exam 448

Next

Earn your MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence certification.

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