The Road to Technical Certifications

Working as a programmer, you can get Certified in most any language.  Right now I'm on the learning path for Microsoft MCSA SQL Server 2012 or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate.

It consists of three tests, of which, I've passed the first one: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Microsoft offers a free training site called "Microsoft Virtual Academy", you can register for free.  Then search for courses you're interested in, and create a plan which you can add courses too, and it tracks your progress over time and you can earn rewards, here's mine:

Watched 6 hours over the weekend:
I've included 2 courses to attend:

 Course consists of:
And a second course:

Course consists of:

As you can see, I've completed the first course:

Once you feel ready, you can sign up to take the real test:

To recap, there are three courses / test required for the MCSA as follows:

 There's also a site you can purchase training software from called Measure Up.  I purchased the first course and practiced and studied and passed the first exam, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

I also purchased the remaining two courses:

And here's what the GUI looks like (client / server based):

The exams are registered through a site called Prometrix, and they sometimes offer a "2nd Shot Exam Voucher" at no cost, in case one doesn't pass the first time, which is quite common.

The good thing, if you pass a test, you become a Microsoft Certified Professional and you get a transcript:

And if you give that to your employer, and they have a certain number of MCP on staff, the company receives a certain Partner Level, for example, here's the Business Intelligence Partner requirements site: https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/pages/membership/business-intelligence-competency.aspx.

So getting certified could help both you and your employer.

Here's some cool courses I plan to attend - Big Data style:

New list of courses:

So that's basically a summary of what options are are there for getting certified, how to plan, study material.  Hope you enjoyed it and get busy studying~!

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