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  1. #1
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    May 2013

    MTA first or MCSA

    I've been trying to locate what are called votech high schools that are MS IT Academy partners, which teach SQL Server. I cannot afford 'for profit' schools and votechs like PTEC are extremely affordable plus do a great job in many instances. MS does not track which IT Academys teach what so it's been extremely difficult to locate any that teach SQL.

    However, a few votech high schools nearby will be offering MTA certifications in web programming classes that will get me prepared for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exam 98-364 - Database Fundamentals.

    So my dilemna. First, I'm aware all education is self education. I was in a program w/covered SQL where the teacher did not know SQL. The school closed the class. I'm convinced an IT Academy school will speed my progress immensely. So straight comparison: if you thought you couldn't afford MCSA classes, how useful do you think the 98-364 will be? I'm thinking of immediately starting the 461, 462, etc. as soon as I can afford them.

    I'm also thinking the web programming classes will get me through C##, etc. which I'd have to tackle anyway (in the grad degree I'm considering) and should help me w/better positions so I can afford expensive SQL classes. But it will take a year, maybe less.

    What do you think?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    This was something I had looked at myself and my current route/learning plan is something along these lines. Hopefully this proves helpful to you. Obviously this is my plans but yeah, hopefully this helps you out.

    I did also pick up a couple of books from amazon to help with learning enough to cover the MTA. I know you said about having low funds but anything you can invest in your learning will help.

    98-364: MTA Database Administration Fundamentals Microsoft Official Academic Course: Microsoft Official Academic Course: Books

    MTA Microsoft Technology Associate Exam 98-364 Database Fundamentals ExamFOCUS Study Notes & Review Questions 2013: ExamREVIEW: Books

    I’ve had a look around and looked at the MTA – Exam 98-364 Database Fundamentals:
    Database Fundamentals the exam is around £80

    I found a source for revision material to allow me to revise for the exam, this is a download and costs around £42
    (I did come across a 25% discount code also which is TEST25 ): MTA: 98-364 - Database Administration Fundamentals

    Having an MTA would be a starter work towards gaining an MCSA, my intention would be to go for MCSA: SQL Server:
    MCSA: SQL Server Certification | Microsoft Learning

    The MCSAI had looked at doing is made up of 3 parts so would take some time to work towards:
    Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
    Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server 2012

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