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Review of 2 articles on Microsoft SQL Server certifications. According to Microsoft several exams and certifications related to SQL Server will be retired on June 20, 2020.

MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications retire; with continued investment to role-based certifications

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On 2/27/20 Microsoft said” …all remaining exams associated with Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) will retire on June 30, 2020.” Thanks for the 5-month warning! If you were working on any of these certifications. Better finish off the exams quickly!

Certifications with exams scheduled to retire on 6/30/2020 include:

  • MCSA: SQL 2016 BI Development
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Admin
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Dev
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014

Exams Retiring on 6/30/2020

  • 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
  • 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
  • 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-761: Querying Data with Transact-SQL
  • 70-762: Developing SQL Databases
  • 70-764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
  • 70-765: Provisioning SQL Databases
  • 70-767: Implementing a Data Warehouse using SQL
  • 70-768: Developing SQL Data Models

All is not lost since Microsoft does say “…Nothing happens to the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certification … will remain in the active section of your transcript for two years from June 30, 2020; at that time the certification will be moved to the “inactive” section of your transcript.”.

Uhhhh… nothing happens for 2 years before your hard-earned SQL Server certifications become inactive. How thoughtful! Yet the truth is that SQL Server technology and cloud solutions have been changing rapidly for a while. The people and companies, that wait to be last in technology will probably be out of business as others are way ahead of SQL Server technology and cloud solutions now.

Microsoft also states “… there will not be Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 certifications … SQL Server 2019 content will be included in role-based certifications on an as-needed basis for certain job roles in the Azure Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI solution areas.”

SQL Server DBAs pay attention!!! In the post last week, “Certified DBAs are you really in demand?” I said ” … make sure your career does not get stuck in your past knowledge accomplishments.” Microsoft agrees with that thought. Right?


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