Database Certification Path – SQL Server 2012


Microsoft database certification is important for database users as it helps in getting more job calls and short-listing your biodata and it certifies that you have completed almost all the topics of particular curriculum and capable of doing particular job role hence you are getting first preference for jobs compare to non-certified candidates.

But kindly note that alone certification won’t help cracking your job interviews and selection, you have to be capable enough to answer all the questions which interviewer is asking related to particular job requirements and related database questions.

Here I am listing SQL Server 2012 Database Certification Path for your reference.

MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)

To acquire SQL Server 2012 MCSA certification, you need to give three exams.

70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012


Exam 462 is specially designed for DBAs and once you will pass these three exams then you will be certified as MCSA for SQL Server 2012.

MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) – Data Platform

To acquire SQL Server 2012 MCSE certification for Data Platform, you need to clear below two exams in addition to MCSA.

70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) – Business Intelligence

If you are looking for SQL Server 2012 MCSE for Business Intellingence (MCSE-BI) then you have to clear below two exams in addition to MCSA.

70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012


To get more details about exam fees, topics covered and ratio of questions related to particular topics, kindly refer below links from Microsoft.

Exam 70-461

Exam 70-462

Exam 70-463

Exam 70-464

Exam 70-465

Exam 70-466

Exam 70-467

Reference: Manzoor Siddiqui []

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