One more SQL Server 2008 Certification under my belt. I passed the ‘PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008’ exam on Friday, which gives me the MS ITP (IT Professional) Database Developer 2008 certification.


To get through this certification, I used a number of sources, however, one of the most useful was a blog series by Eric Wisdahl ( where he covered each of the sections listed in the exam topics.

Next up will be the 70-450 DBA certification. Once I’ve completed this exam, I’ll have completed the prerequisites for the MCM SQL Server 2008 certification, which is then another two exams!

Interestingly, to me at least, this was my 18th Microsoft certification, having taking my first back in 1999 (Implementing and Supporting NT Server 4.0)!.

Since then I’ve done:

5 x Windows NT 4
1 x Windows 2000 Professional
2 x Microsoft CRM v1.2
3 x Microsoft CRM v3
2 x SharePoint 2007 / WSS 3
1 x SQL Server 2005
4 x SQL Server 2008

And, I’m planning to do another 3 in the next 6 months.

Certified or Certifiable, you decide!