With the launch of SQL Server 2014, Microsoft announced significant changes to their SQL Server certification tracks back in July 2014.
Both the MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence certifications were adapted to include topics aligned to SQL Server 2014 in both curriculum and exams. The updates impacted the following exams:
- 70-464 : Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases
- 70-465 : Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
- 70-466 : Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
- 70-467 : Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
At the time, the MCSA SQL Server certification track was left unaffected. For the first time, Microsoft announced that there would be no new MCSA certification for the latest version of SQL Server. The MCSA SQL Server 2012 would remain unaffected with no curriculum updates planned. That is of course, until now, as Larry Kay over at the Born to Learn blog has just announced new certification updates for the MCSA to include SQL Server 2014.
Changes to MCSA: SQL Server
Kay announced that the MCSA SQL server aligned exams were being refresh and would now include SQL Server 2014 content. This is being done to ensure the certification maintains its relevance to database professionals currently utilising both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 platforms.
As of February 18, 2016, we will now see the inclusion of SQL Server 2014 skills, measured in the following MCSA aligned exams:
- 70-461 : Querying Microsoft SQL Server
- 70-462 : Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
- 70-463 : Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server
To reflect the inclusion of these skills, the certification will be rebranded and will now be known as the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/14. Anyone who currently holds this certification will have their transcript updated to reflect the credentials new name.
Waiting on SQL Server 2016
At present, we are still awaiting the next Microsoft data platform, with SQL Server 2016 only available as a public preview. With that in mind, the MCSA SQL Server 2016 certification is unlikely to appear until Summer 2016 at the earliest.