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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

SQL Server 2012: New Certifications

As a follow-up to my post SQL Server “Denali”: New Certifications, the seven exams for SQL Server 2012 are:

  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server (70-461) [BI and DBA]
  • Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database (70-462) [DBA]
  • Building Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-463) [BI]
  • Developing a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database (70-464) [DBA]
  • Designing Database Solutions for SQL Server 2012 (70-465) [DBA]
  • Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-466) [BI]
  • Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Platform (70-467) [BI]

I have indicated which role (“Business Intelligence” [BI] or “Database Professionals” [DBA]) each exam fits into.  The unanswered question I have is how will this work: Will you be awarded a MCTS for each test, and then a MCITP if you pass the four exams for each role?

New this year is that SQL Server 2012 Professional-level certifications will require recertification every three years.  For more info, check out Sneak Peek: SQL Server 2012 learning products in development.


Posted by Johnson-215153 on 8 November 2011

Hi James,

Just wanted to confirm that, all these Certifications already listed?


Posted by Anonymous on 8 November 2011

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Posted by Iulian on 10 November 2011

Hi James, is there an upgrade path?

Thank you,


Posted by James Serra on 11 November 2011

Hi lulian,

The upgrade path has not been determined yet.  I'll update this post when it is announced.

Posted by asheesh pandey on 12 January 2012

Hi James,

Thanks for your information....

Posted by Dugi on 27 February 2012

Thanks for the info!

Posted by Nader Sharara-390450 on 6 March 2012

Hi James, Microsoft site says that exam (70-463): Building Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is required to achieve Data Platform [DBA] professional certificate beside the other four exams

what do you think ??

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