Dec 2013 Update on Developer and SQL Certifications

Dec 2013 Update on Developer and SQL Certifications

Larry Kaye - MSL

Lots of work going on in the world of developer and SQL certification - here are the top three things you need to know:

  1. Microsoft Learning Experiences announces new Windows UX Design Specialist certification, to complement implementation skills validated in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification
  2. Updates to the MCSD: Windows Store Apps exams to address features in Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 are now complete and Jump Start sessions covering new features are now available.
  3. SQL Server 2014 product features to be covered in updated MCSE exams; MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential and associated exams remain in market without alterations.  New MCSA exam prep Jump Start sessions now available.

 Read on to learn more…

 

Windows UX Design Specialist

Microsoft Learning Experiences is excited to announce availability of Exam 74-353: Windows UX Design.  Exam 353 validates skills associated with applying Microsoft user experience (UX) guidelines to the design of Windows 8 Store applications. By passing this exam, you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification.  This certification complements the skills validated in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification.

 Training related to the Windows UX Design exam is available in two forms:

 

 MCSD: Windows Store Apps

 Updates to the MCSD: Windows Store Apps exams to address features in Visual Studio 2013 and Windows 8.1 are now complete.

 The following Exam Detail pages now reflect the updated exam objectives:

 To learn about the updates to Windows Store App Development using C#, we recommend reviewing the recordings from these Jump Start courses:

 To learn about the updates to Windows Store App Development using HTML5, we recommend reviewing the recording from this Jump Start course:

 Updated Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) for Windows Store Apps will be available in January 2014.

 

Certification Updates for SQL Server 2014

In reviewing the SQL Server 2014 product, the Microsoft Learning Experiences team determined that the new features focus on performance tuning and high availability.  As skilling and testing around these features is best suited for the MCSE level, the following updates are planned:

  1. The MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential and associated exams (461/462/463) will remain in market without any alterations.  No MCSA: SQL Server 2014 credential will be released.
  2. In March 2014, the MCSE: Data Platform (464/465) and MCSE: Business Intelligence (466/467) exams will be appropriately updated with SQL Server 2014 topics.  The exam numbers will remain the same.  At least one month prior to the update, details on the original and revised exam objectives will be made available for review in the Skills Measured section of each Exam Detail web page.
  3. Also in March 2014, recertification options for maintaining the MCSE credentials will be made available.

 To help prepare for the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 exams, recordings are now available for several recent Jump Start courses for database administrators and developers:

As a reminder for those individuals who already hold any MCTS or MCSA certification on SQL Server 2008, there is a streamlined two-exam upgrade path to MCSA: SQL Server 2012:

From now through May 31, 2014, there is a special promotion of 25% off the cost of these exams, plus free retakes if needed.

Comments
  • david.smooth1.co.uk
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    Cool! Can't wait for the 2014 exams to come out, I would also like to help develop future exams...

    Whilst I wait I am doing the 2008 exams before they are retired, is there a retirement date for the bi exam 70-448?

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @david.smooth1

    70-448 will remain in market until at least Jul 31, 2014.

    Good luck on your exams!

    Larry

  • evdjramos
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    What about 70-433 exam?

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @evdjramos

    70-432, 70-433, and 70-448 will all remain in market until at least Jul 31, 2014.

    Larry

  • kenneth.fisher.transamerica.com
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    How does this affect the upgrade path for the MCSE?  I have my MCITPs for SQL Server 2008 in Administration and Development and I'm working on my MCSA/MCSE in 2012.  I'll probably be finishing the MCSA early next year but I doubt I'll get to the MCSE exam before the change.  Will I still be able to upgrade directly to the 2014 version or will I have to take the regular path?

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @Kenneth

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that you are referring to the current MCITP->MCSE upgrade exams 70-459 (Data Platform) and 70-460 (BI).

    These two exams will remain available until Jul 31, 2014, and there are no current plans to update them to include SQL Server 2014 content.  If you pursue this path, you will be tested on capabilities of SQL 2014 and future releases when you recertify in 3 years.

    In the meantime, to help you keep your skills up-to-date, we will be adding several SQL 2014 online training classes to our Microsoft Virtual Academy site in the first half of 2014.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.

    Larry

  • david.smooth1.co.uk
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    Any news on the 2014 SQL Server certs?

    What about the replacement for SQL MCM as well?

    David.

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @David

    Sorry for the delayed response.  Updates to the MCSE exams are in progress, with release dates now updated to the end of April.  I will be posting side-by-side comparisons of the current and revised exam objectives within the next few weeks.

    We are currently evaluating options for an advanced certification program and will provide more details as soon as they are available.

  • david.smooth1.co.uk
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    Thanks for that, please let us know if I can help with the advanced certification program.

    I am working on my BI exams now and encountered 2 more isses, please advise.

    1. I passed 70-448 (BI MCTS 2008) but I cannnot book 70-452 (BI MCITP 2008) as it is not listed on the prometric site!

    2. My Certification Planner does not list MCSA SQL Server 2008 (achieved) or MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 (In Progress).

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @David

    I regret to inform you that both Exam 70-452 and the MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer 2008 certification were retired on July 31, 2013.   For BI certification, I encourage you to consider our MCSE: Business Intelligence certification.

    Regarding your MCSA: SQL Server 2008 certification not being listed after passing both 70-432 and 70-448, I suggest that you contact your Regional Service Center for resolution.

  • radomir.ivanovic
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    Do you have some new information, when there will be an upgrade for exam 70-467 with SQL Server 2014 topics?

    Thx,

    Regards

  • Larry Kaye - MSL
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    @radomir:

    The MCSE SQL exam (464-467) updates for SQL Server 2014 are now scheduled for release on 24-April.  I will be posting a new blog entry with the details next week.

    Regards,

    Larry