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Microsoft Branches Off Architect Cert for DBAs

The company develops MCA title for DBAs who want to showcase their database architecting skills.

Microsoft this week announced a new title for its high-level architect series of certifications: Microsoft Certified Architect: Database. The title is now among two "Technology architecture skills" that the company offers; the other is MCA: Messaging, which was released June of last year.

In much the same way that the MCA: Messaging focuses on an architect's ability to provide well planned networks that might incorporate a myriad number of messaging services, the MCA: Database focuses on a database architect's skills to plan, develop and program against a number of database languages and technologies, with emphasis on Microsoft SQL Server.

Enrollment into the MCA: Database program is limited to candidates who work for Microsoft or a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner member and who've received a nomination from an MCA: Database holder, a member of the SQL Server team or Microsoft employee. And enrollment isn't cheap -- $25,000 -- and paying that doesn't guarantee that the candidate will pass the program.

Because the title is specialized, it also comes with a few other rigorous requirements. Candidates must have passes either exams 70-290: Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2003 or 70-292: Managing Windows 2003 for an MCSA-Win2K, and then have already attained MCITP status as either a Database Developer or Database Administrator. Microsoft also recommends that candidates also have extensive experience with MSF and ITIL.

Attaining MCA: Database status also requires a major time commitment. According to the press release issued on the program, candidates must attend four weeks of training in Redmond, led by instructors comprised of SQL Server team members, as well as complete written exams each week. Much like the rest of the MCA program, candidates will have to complete a lab-based skills exam and appear before a peer review board.

For more about the MCA: Database, click here. To read about the MCA program from MCPmag.com, click here.

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Sun, Jun 17, 2007 RobertHP California

Pay 25k to Microsoft and must be a MS employee or work for a Gold Partner? Does MS really believe they are the only candidates for this? What about industry and government? No one worthy there? Ridiculous.

Fri, Jun 15, 2007 Christopher Bell Glossop, UK

So this is a USA certificate only? Quite apart from the fact that $25K is a disincentive, the need to go to Redmond (go directly to Redmond, do not pass GO, do not collect $200) seems a ridiculous constraint. When will Microsoft finally acknowledge that they make as much money from the rest of the world (more in fact) than they do from the US?

Fri, Jun 15, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

Sounds like eliteism to me, theres plenty of better people who dont work for MS or a gold certified partner so why isnt it open to all?

Wed, Jun 13, 2007 Ned mcse ccna usa

I think the entire cert thing is coming to an end. It doesn't produce restults.

Fri, Jun 8, 2007 Emmanuel Jean-Louis Florida

Who wants to pay all these monies to attend class and take exam to be DBA when employers don't really care about a title like these? I think it's a waste of time and money.

Emmanuel Jean-Louis MCSD & MCDBA

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