PASS encourages our members to pursue Microsoft SQL Server certifications as a way to demonstrate an understanding of core skills and concepts, and to show ongoing career development and involvement. It is important to understand that they have to be combined with real world experience to be an effective part of your career plan. Obtaining a certification by itself does not prove competency or guarantee employment. Our goal here is to give you and your employer some independent thoughts on the certification process.
Certifications for SQL Server Professionals
Microsoft offers a range of certifications. Most SQL Server professionals will work towards obtaining the MCTS (MS Certified Technology Specialist) which requires a good deal of knowledge in a specific area of SQL Server (Business Intelligence Developer, Database Developer, Database Administrator). Moving to the Microsoft Certified Master or MS Certified Architect requires substantially more experience as well as a significant investment of time and money for the training and testing; for that reason only a very small number of professionals will pursue these certifications.
Before you decide on an certification we encourage you to visit the MS Learning site and read their certification overview, certification options, and information about exams that are scheduled for retirement. They also provide learning plans