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The data explosion is happening at every level of the business: across devices, applications, and individual roles. Become certified on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and prove your knowledge and skills in designing, building, and maintaining the next wave of cloud-ready database and information solutions.

1. What are the SQL Server 2012 Certifications?

From the 11th of June IT Professionals can achieve the following SQL Server 2012 Certifications:

· Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in SQL Server 2012.

· Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) in Data Platform or Business Intelligence.

The MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification validates a set of core SQL Server 2012 skills and is a pre-requisite for both the higher Data Platform and Business Intelligence MCSE certifications. Achieving the MCSE: Data Platform certification will demonstrate your indispensable expertise to build enterprise-scale data solutions on-premise, or in the cloud. And the MSCE: Business Intelligence certification will showcase your skills in developing and deploying visually rich business intelligence solutions and reports.

IT professionals can schedule their SQL Server 2012 exams through Microsofts testing partner Prometric.

2. What SQL Server 2012 Training is available?

Aligned to each exam is a new official SQL Server 2012 course, delivered by Microsoft Learning Partners, which will prepare you for the MCSA and MCSE exams. IT Pros can help prepare for these courses by getting hands-on with SQL Server 2012, through either downloading a SQL Server 2012 Trial and or using Virtual Labs. You can also get-up to speed with the new features of SQL Server 2012 through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, which provides bite-sized online training.

3. Can I Upgrade my SQL Server 2008 Certifications?

For those who currently hold the MCTS or MCITP in SQL Server 2008, you can sit upgrade exams in order to transition your SQL Server 2008 credentials into SQL Server 2012 MCSA and MCSE certifications. For more information about upgrade courses, please choose your destination below.

· MCSA

· MCSE in Business Intelligence

· MCSE in Data Platform