Feb 2016 Certification Update - SQL Server 2014

Larry Kaye

Microsoft Learning is pleased to announce that we are refreshing our SQL Server related exams and certifications to have continued relevance for database professionals working with either SQL Server 2012 and 2014.

As of February 18, 2016, Exams 461 through 467 will include content covering both SQL Server 2012 and 2014. In January, a link to a document describing the corresponding changes in the exam was added to the Skills Measured section of each exam web page.

To reflect the inclusion of SQL Server 2014 content in Exams 461-463, we are also rebranding the MCSA certification to MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. As changes to each individual exam are modest in size and SQL Server 2012 skills remain relevant, all current certification MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification holders will have their transcripts updated accordingly to reflect the new credential name.

As the MCSE certifications already do not reference product version, no changes in the titles of either MCSE: Data Platform or MCSE: Business Intelligence credentials will take place.

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  • Ed Tittel
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    Larry: Just FYI, the current link for the 464 exam on the site points to the document for the 463 exam. Changing the file spec part of the URL to the 464 number produced a 404 error. The document itself references only the 463 exam, so there has to be some kind of error here. You may want to let the SQL folks know about this. Thanks,

    --Ed--

  • Ed Tittel
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    Oops. Never mind: operator error. I thought I'd switched to the 464 page when I hadn't yet hit enter in the address windows. Turns out the filenames are not "syntactically regular," which is how I produced the spurious 404 error before posting here. So sorry!

    --Ed--

  • Kevin Boles
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    That "continued relevance for database professionals working with either SQL Server 2012 and 2014" statement just irks me to no end!! :-D 463 REQUIRING us to learn MDS and DQS is such a farce. I have had dozens of clients in the last 10 years and interacted with hundreds of SQL Server professionals both at clients and various conferences I have presented at and attended. I have NEVER had a client use either of those two, NEVER heard anything but scorn and ridicule for those "products" by those that have evaluated them and only come across maybe 5 people actually using one or the other of them in production. It is a shame that Microsoft is forcing those useless tools down our throats to achieve a certification where the odds of actually having to know anything about them is essentially zero. :(

  • Peter Wylie
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    I have a 462 exam scheduled for 7th March 2016.  Is there anywhere I can find out what additional learning I may have to add to my current stud schedule.  I am using the 'Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases' book for my study.

  • Michael Taubman
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    I just took and passed 70-461 this week.  Will this still count towards the refreshed certification?

  • Thaek
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    If you already achieved the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 will it be renamed to MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 in your transcript as well?

  • Peter Wylie
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    Does anybody know where I can establish what the changes/additions are to the 2012 exam for 462 specifically?

  • Davin Mickelson
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    Peter - you can see the list of changes that occurred to the exam to support SQL Server 2014 by opening up the Word document referenced on the 70-462 exam description page.

    www.microsoft.com/.../exam-70-462.aspx

    For convenience, here it is:

    download.microsoft.com/.../OD_Changes_462.docx

  • Farhad Abbasi
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    How about MTA 98-364. It's still running on SQL Server 2008. :-)

  • Peter Wylie
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    Thank you Davin Mickleson.  Here is a link to some free SQL Server 2014 training also :

    mva.microsoft.com/.../SearchResults.aspx;lang=1033

  • Katie Harrison
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    Hello...trying to find updates training books for 2012/2014 for exam prep. TY!

  • Harihara Subramanian
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    Can someone share me on the info about sql server 2016 certification and release date details ?

    thanks in advance !!!

  • Larry Kaye
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    @Kevin - Please note that Microsoft introduced alternatives to taking Exam 463 in the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 path almost two years ago.  You will find this info in the Additional Options section on the MCSA web page: www.microsoft.com/.../mcsa-sql-certification.aspx

    Instead of Exam 463, you can take a Windows Server (411, 412, 417) or C# (483) exam.

  • Larry Kaye
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    @ Michael - Yes, you will still earn credit towards the MCSA certification by passing Exam 461 before its most recent update

    @ Thaek - Yes, per the blog post, anyone that previously earned the MCSA certification will have their transcripts updated to reflect the new name - MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014

    @ Harihara - Our SQL Server 2016 exam and course portfolio is still under development.  We will share details on release dates once they are available.

  • Chester Flake
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    Larry - is there a time frame (estimate) for when the SQL 2016 certification path will be released? This will make a positive impact on students attending classes.

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