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MCDBA certificate

Discussion in 'SQL Server 2000 Certification [Archive]' started by CanadaDBA, May 10, 2004.

  1. CanadaDBA New Member

    Do you have MCDBA? How much it affects your job or job finding? I've never tried for that but does it really worth it to pass the exam and get the certificate? If yes, which books do you suggest?
  2. gaurav_bindlish New Member

    I have cleared one of the exam - Design and Implementation 70-229 and found the Microsoft exam book to be good for the starters but needs more details which can be found in BOL.

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  4. Raulie New Member

    I am in the process of doing that now. I take 70-229 next week wish me luck <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-5.gif' alt=';)' /><br />One thing that I noticed is that 70-019 (Implementing DW's with SQL 7.0)is set for discontinuation I believe June 30 2004. I still havent heard news about a replacement test for 2000. I do know that 019 is a tough one. I took a three day course on DTS and datawarehousing and read Analysis Services Step by Step, however from what I know this is not nearly enough for this exam, anyone have news on a replacement?<br /><br />As far as getting an MCDBA to help your career, I found this site today that has a gang of info on answers to your questions<a target="_blank" href=http://www.cramsession.com/certifications/exams/sql-2000-design.asp>http://www.cramsession.com/certifications/exams/sql-2000-design.asp</a>
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  6. Karen New Member

    No one has suggested how meaningful the cert is to job hunting. I also was looking at the cert for the same purpose. The cert is meaningless in my current position, in other words, it wouldn't change anything, and it would be just for personal satisfaction. Since I started studying, though, I wonder if I should look at a new direction. I am not strong at all in the network portion, and it would take a good bit of studying & memorizing for me to pass that part. I do not believe that memorizing is learning, and wonder if I should bother? If the cert does help in job-hunting, then I will continue on.

    Thanks for the topic!


    Token SQL Goddess
    Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.— Oscar Wilde
  7. Two viewpoints:-
    1. Turned down by agencies/employers for selection as have no mcdba
    2. Interviewed a number of mcdba's ( as an employer ) 1 had never actually used SQL Server, none could answer basic dba type questions. e.g. configuring memory or raid types
  8. satya Moderator

    I disagree certification will not help in the job hunting, alongwith experience in the field certification will help you more in terms of getting the job.

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  9. Nils Bevaart New Member

    In getting an interview for a job, a certificate on your resume helps. I think, however, that the most importaint aspect in getting a good job as a DBA, you need working experience with SQL Server. In your resume, explain in which aspects of SQL Server, designing databases or applications on basis of data-access you have working experience.

    If you have to hire a new employee as a DBA, focus on the working experience to make your decision. I have seen many certified DBA without hands-on experience and many realy good DBA without a certificate.

    Remember that certificates can be had with study from a book. This is not the same as knowing what to do in an actual situation.

    Nils
  10. Raulie New Member

    Very true comment from Nils, but with lots of experience and an MCDBA, your the MAN! I have never had trouble seeking employment in this field (Thank the Lord) but I do know there is a shortage of MCDBA's here in Mexico. By the way is there as way like a link to a site that can provide geographical information on MCSE's, MCDBA, MCSD etc.? Personally I want to get my MCDBA just for the sake of having it. Thanks Satya for the support.
  11. satya Moderator

    I don't think the link of geographical information for MCDBA's is not available publicly, I believe only MS will have the information.

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  12. Nils Bevaart New Member

    While working as a DBA, it helps to get the MCDBA for any contact with suppliers and customers. It is a quick reference for anyone to see you have the necessary knowledge. Like Lazy DBA says, you are the MAN if you have both.

    Besides, getting some theoretical backround of SQL Server, databases or the OS helps in the everyday work. It generates new ideas and gives a fresh light on the current procedures used. It doesn't hurt to study.

    Nils
  13. satya Moderator

    Try and try until you succeed and hard work will pay at the right time.
    There are plenty of resources with regard to SQL Server and other MS technologies and its easy to cope up when you've any doubt about the functions.



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  14. gkrishn New Member

    I am a MCDBA <img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' /> ,but my work experience is still limited.I am handling both Oracle&SQLserver in my project. Hope to become a dual DBA some time<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-5.gif' alt=';-)' /><br />-rajiv<br /><br />
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  16. Twan New Member

    I am a MCDBA amongst the other certs and have been for years now. I've not had many people actually ask for the MCDBA, but one or two did ask for an MCSE with SQL electives

    As others have said, right or wrong a certification can sometimes give you the edge over a non certified person. This is especially true if agencies are used to fitler the CVs as these often have no understanding of the technology or the experience required

    Cheers
    Twan
  17. JusticeLeague New Member

    With the upcoming release of the new gen of MS Certifications, is it worth to continue preparing for MCDBA? As we all know, on mid-2006 MS will release the upgrade for MCDBA which is the MCITP: DB Admin. I have been preparing to take MCDBA but I am now thinking twice if I have to continue preparing for it as there will be new certifications.<br /><br />A related question may be, how soon does companies upgrade to the latest version of SQL Server? I probably have to take the new set of exams as our company already starts migrating our db to 2005, but I want to know, in general, what would be the best choice.<br /><br />Does anyone knows if the upgrade costs the same, that is, you have to pay twice because you took MCDBA and the upgrade. I know I should be asking microsoft about this but I am already here so i might as well asked it [<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]<br /><br />Thanks in advance for your help.
  18. chopeen Member

    quote:Originally posted by satya

    I don't think the link of geographical information for MCDBA's is not available publicly, I believe only MS will have the information.
    MS makes such data available on their website. Unfortunately, these statistics concern only Poland.

    (If anybody's interested, I can translate this page.)

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  19. fhanlon New Member

    When I had an interview for my current job the interviewer mentioned that one of the reasons they were interested was because of my MCDBA. The certification is one of the things that some employers may look at. I believe it is helpful to have one especially if you are (or will be) looking for work. Even if you have taken some but not all exams, add this to your resume. (just indicate if you passed exams, not you mark) It demonstrates interest in the technology.
  20. avanthg New Member

    quote:Originally posted by gaurav_bindlish

    I have cleared one of the exam - Design and Implementation 70-229 and found the Microsoft exam book to be good for the starters but needs more details which can be found in BOL.

    Gaurav
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    Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment- L. Ron Hubbard

    The views expressed here are those of the author and no one else. There are no warranties as to the reliability or accuracy of anything presented here.

    Hi Gaurav...
    congrats for clearing the exam and all the best for further exams.
    I wanna prepare for MCDBA and can you suggest me where can i get the microsoft exam book to prepare.

    -Avanthi.

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