What are the Different Types of Database Certification?

Computer databases are used businesses to store and analyze data. Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, and Filemaker are examples of different types of database software. A database specialist is someone who creates and maintains databases. Many people obtain database certification to establish credibility and to demonstrate their database expertise.

The majority of database certifications are tied to a specific product. As a result, a person seeking a database certification should select one that is relevant to the database software he or she is using or intends to use. Here’s a rundown of the database certifications offered the major database vendors.

Database certification options for those who work in an organization that uses Microsoft Access are limited. Microsoft Office Specialist Access Track certification is available to users of Access 2003 or Access XP. Candidates take a single exam to demonstrate their database knowledge and proficiency. Individuals who work with Access 2007 should enroll in the MCAS program (Microsoft Certified Application Specialist).

The Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist, or MCTS, is the most straightforward certification for SQL Server database software users. MCTS SQL Server 2008 Database Development, MCTS SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance, and MCTS SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance are the three certifications available for SQL Server professionals. Individuals must pass one exam related to the certification topic to earn any of the certifications.

The Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional, or MCITP, credential is available to SQL Server administrators who want to advance their certification. Individuals who already have their MCTS certification will benefit from this certification type. People who have earned the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Database Development credential can earn the MCITP: Database Developer credential taking an additional exam. Similarly, those with a SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance certification can earn their MCITP: Database Administrator, and those with an MCTS in Business Intelligence Development can earn their MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer certification taking an exam.

The Oracle Certified Professional track is available to professionals who work with Oracle or want to work with Oracle. Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate, Oracle Administrator Certified Professional, and Oracle Database Administrator Certified Master are the three levels of certification. Candidates should enroll in training classes and brush up on their knowledge in preparation for taking the certification exams once they have decided on a certification product and path.