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Two New Training Programs for SQL MCM Preparedness

Two New Training Programs for SQL MCM Preparedness

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We are pleased to announce two new training opportunities being launched by Microsoft Learning to help prepare candidates for the Certified Master exams or for anyone looking to take their SQL Server skills to the next level.

Coming November 29: Accelerated Prep for Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008

As an experienced SQL Server IT Pro looking to become a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), wouldn’t you appreciate some expert help as you prepare for the Knowledge Exam and Lab Exam?  With the Accelerated Exam Preparation program from Microsoft, that help is now available – and convenient! Starting November 29, a scheduled series of live online sessions with a SQL MCM presenter (presenters to be announced later) will focus on one of the seven exam topic areas each week, in two weekly sessions of two hours each, for seven weeks -- with time for Q&A after each session. Plus, we offer practice lab subscriptions with twenty labs and two months of lab access, providing an easy to use, anytime access lab environment in which you can practice the required skills associated with the weekly exam topics.  Convenience, affordability and top-notch instruction begin November 29, so register NOW, as places are limited in the weekly sessions.

Available today: Hands-on Practice Labs for Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008

Looking to access the SQL Server MCM practice labs, but without a two-month time commitment? The hands-on labs used in the Accelerated Prep  training series are also available right now in on week or one month increments. The labs cover advanced SQL Server topics geared to helping you prepare for the pursuit of advanced certification. The goal of these hands-on lab materials is to get an understanding of the features of SQL Server 2008 that a Microsoft Certified Master may use when designing and implementing solutions for business requirements.

Register here for the hand-on practice labs.

Learn more about the Microsoft Certified Master Program.

Comments
  • Are there any plans to add the same training opportunities for the Exchange MCM program? I'd sign up right now.

  • How will this training compare to the free videos at sqlskills.com/T_MCMVideos.asp

    Will the instructors be the same?  Will the material be the same, or more/less advanced?

    Thanks,

    Dave

  • To DJ: I don't know what plans are in the works for the Exchange MCM training offerings. I'll see if I can find out.

    To Dave: There will be some overlap of topics being taught, but it won't be teh same content. the key component of this training is that you will have the opportunity to interact with the trainers live and ask questions in real time.

  • And no, it won't be the same trainers as in the videos.

  • Do you know when the next Accelerated Exam Preparation Program is scheduled ? Also, can the online review session be viewed offline/after schedule ?

    Thanks

    Didier

  • Hi Didier. We have not yet planned any further sessions of this. We will make that decision based on how well this first series goes. If there is sufficient demad for it, we will most likely deliver future sessions on it.

    We are cosnidering making recordings of the sessions available for offline viewing. I do not yet know whether that will be accpetible to all involved parties. I'm 100% behind it because my goal is to help people get prepared for the MCM exams.

  • Thanks Robert.

    My only certain about taking this training is the depth in which is covers the material.  

    Whilst the SQL Skills videos covered a lot in terms of breadth of material, they spend a lot of time on about fairly simple areas of the topics ie, things you should probably already know before commencing the training  and therefore weren't able to cover any one topic in great depth.

    Are you able to comment on this aspect of the new training?  Our training budget isn't huge, and I want to spend it wisely.

    Dave

  • A very solid point, Dave. In order for this program to be successful, we will definitely need to ensure that the material is the appropriate level. Each MCM trainer is creating their own content, and I will definitely make sure that all of the trainers understand this.

    Also, I will be one of the trainers. I will be covering three session: Recoverability and Integrity, Availability, and Scalability.You can be assured that I won't be covering the basics of how to do a backup or restore. You can expect things more along the line of performing an online page restore to recover from corruption.

  • Any news on the next session or if the videos from this session will be made available for everyon to watch ?

  • Hi Robert

    Is there any way i could get a hard copy or website to download the training sessions and labs. Attending is out of question as I stay in India, plus our internet isnt always reliable. I sincerely dont mind paying for it please, though I am pursuing this Certification through my own funds I truly know its worth it.

    Would it be asking if you could give me any site which can help me with more exam oriented study labs and sessions other than SQLservercentral SQLskills ( unfortunately there again Paul and Kim dont have downloads or hard copies for sale for their Immerse sessions) beyondrelational, brentozar,pluralsite,solidqor the pass forum.

  • The recorded sessions and session files are made available only to the registered attendees.

    Check out the readiness materials on our New Path to Master Certification page: www.microsoft.com/.../master-sql-path.aspx

    The readiness includes a number of free videos you can download and recommendations for other materials.

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