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Microsoft Revises BI Cert Lineup

Microsoft has changed the requirements for its MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer title, no longer requiring passage of three exams.

According to an e-mail announcement from the Microsoft Learning Group, the company has reduced the requirements for the MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer certification by one certification. Microsoft said that feedback from its customers and partners drove the change.

Exam 70-431 TS: SQL Server 2005-Implementation and Maintenance no longer is required to earn the premium BI title. That means that candidates need to take only two exams:

  • 70-445 PRO: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions by Using SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services
  • 70-446 PRO: Designing Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using SQL Server 2005

Candidates who pass exam 70-445 also automatically earn an MCTS: SQL BI title. Both exams, says Microsoft, should get beta tested later this year, with availability expected in early 2007. Microsoft hasn't posted objective guides for 70-445 and 70-446 to its MCP Web site as of this writing.

To view the changed requirements for the MCITP: BID, click here.

[Editor's Note: This article was updated on Sept. 8.]

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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:

Mon, Sep 11, 2006 AD Adelaide

It made more sense having 70-431 as a pre-requisite....70-445 & 70-446 both build on the material from 70-431.

Fri, Sep 8, 2006 Michael Domingo Irvine, CA

Larry, sorry for the confusion. I made a slight change to the story, with the link going to the MCITP: BID cert, which is where I wanted the original link to go. The 445 exam name is correct, and original link went to the MCTS: BI cert. What should be clear is that Microsoft has a cert for SQL Server admins (70-431) and a separate one for admins who want to prove BI-specific admin expertise (445). At least that's the appearance; I'll see if Microsoft can confirm that.

Thu, Sep 7, 2006 LarryWestMCSD Louisville, KY

Michael, you say the title of 445 is "PRO: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions by Using SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services", yet the link has "Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence - Implementation and Maintenance " What gives?

Wed, Sep 6, 2006 Jeremiah Honolulu

Yipeeee! I'm there.

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