IBM DBAs to Get Certified Faster, Cheaper

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-02-28 Print this article Print

IBM rolled out two new certification exams designed to get DBAs certified on DB2 Universal Database 8 faster and, for a limited time, at half the price.

IBM on Thursday rolled out two new certification exams designed to get DBAs certified on DB2 Universal Database 8 faster and, for a limited time, at half the usual price.

The new exams include the DB2 8 upgrade exam, which enables database administrators to quickly update their certifications with one, simplified test of only 30 questions. The exam tests capabilities including database server management and backup and recovery.

The Advanced Database Administrator for DB2 Version 8 exam is for experienced DBAs. It tests administration topics such as federated data management, high availability, and performance and scalability tactics, including clustering and query optimization. The exam also tests on DB2s advanced multidimensional clustering feature.

Roger Sanders, a database performance Engineer at Network Appliance Inc., in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and the author of several books on DB2, as well as the author of an upcoming, four-book series of DB2 study guides, said that the move to ease certification upgrade time and costs is a welcome one.

"It allows me as a Version 7 DBA to focus my studying just on whats new," he said. "In the past, if I wanted to upgrade from Version 6 to Version 7, Id have to take the entire Version 7 DBA exam. …. That may test on areas Im not so familiar on. So I have to go refresh my memory on all that stuff, in addition to learning whats new."

With the new, shortened exam, DBAs can avoid having to go back and "dig around and worry" about being tested on aspects of DBA duties which arent part of their average work days, Sanders said. The new exams are administered at Thompson Prometric and VUE Testing Centers, located in major cities worldwide. VUE is the computer-based testing service of NCS Pearson.

The upgrade exam will be offered at half price—$60—until mid-year, when IBM will review the price, company officials said. The advanced certification exam will cost $120. New DBAs must pass an entry-level and intermediate exam before taking the advanced exam.

IBM is also launching an enhanced data management certification program that delivers role-based certification paths to prepare students for jobs including DBA developer and DBA designer.

The Developer certification path provides programming skills to manage large-scale databases, including application and solution development. The Designer certification path provides a skill set in developing business intelligence and content management applications.

IBM provides DBAs with a free online test readiness kit, including self-study downloads, Web-based tutorials and assessment tests. IBM has also simplified certification training for experienced or competitively trained DBAs with an updated FastPath e-learning course that enables DBAs to learn the latest features of DB2 in less than 8 hours.

All DB2 8 exams are available immediately for Linux, Unix and Windows platforms. For more information, click here.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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