In the words of Douglas Adams

So long and thanks for all the fish. On September 16th I will transition to a new role at Microsoft. I will be helping our ISVs and Customers be successful developing their solution by using SQL Server. I will continue to grade exams part-time until they are no longer offered. However, if you need assistance…


Its back...SQL Server Master Level Training

As Jimmy May (@aspiringgeek) alluded to yesterday there is big news in the MCM / MCSM world for SQL Server. In the early days (i.e. when I went through the SQL Ranger program) there was on campus, required training in order to obtain the MCM certification. At some point in the distant past, the training was no longer…


At SQL PASS and clarification around MCM Lab Exam

Testing has started at SQL PASS Summit 2012  #sqlpass (yesterday in fact) and is well attended. Between individuals taking the exam, attendees asking, and social media comments I thought it was time to clear up a few misconceptions about the MCM Qualification Lab Exam (88-971) When I manually proctor one of these exams I give…


Thank you for your patience

We had a delay (too many moving parts, I’m afraid) with the scheduling process for MCM exams to be taken at SQL PASS Summit 2012. The 88-970 (SQL Server 2008 MCM Knowledge Exam) can now be scheduled directly via Prometric websit. Please use test center MC60. This is SQL PASS Summit. The 88-971 (SQL Server…


Current SQL 2008 MCMs Take Note - You are automatically granted the MCSM: Data Platform Certification!

All current SQL 2008 MCMs to receive MCSM: Data Platform certification (Grandfathering) The implementation of this policy will allow MCMs to hold both an MCM and an MCSM – it will be an additional certification and will not replace the current certification on their transcripts or elsewhere. The new MCSM: Data Platform certification will appear on student…


So what is the process for scheduling exams at SQL PASS Summit?

I have had numerous questions regarding the process so I will try and clarify… If you are taking MCSA or MCSE exams (70-461, 462,463, 464,465, 466,or 467) you will register at Prometric and use a special testing center… As soon as this setup has been complete by Prometric I will notify everyone. If you are…


SQL PASS Summit testing filling up quickly!

Thanks to everyone who tried contacting us via the GetCert@microsoft.com .There was an initial problem with the alias which should have been corrected. We have had a lot of interest already, and will be closing the pre-registration process at the end of the day (PST) November 1st. If you are planning on taking any of…


Its Confirmed! There will be Microsoft Certified testing at SQL PASS Summit - Seats will be limited

In a colloborative effort between Microsoft Learning IT, SQL Server Marketing, SQL PASS, and Advanced Certifications we will have a testing center, exam cram, and study hall at SQL PASS 2012! The facilities will be open for both pre-con days as well as during the entire conference. I have a limited (i.e. first come, first…