Is it OK to take individual microsoft exams?

laptoplaptop Member Posts: 214
I have a strong interest in Microsoft SQL Server exams. But, I don't wish to complete all 3 exams in order to become MCSA.

Is it ok to take only 1 exam out of 3? and what do i call myself if i pass 1 out of 3 exams?
70-462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases


I also like the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) category, However, the SQL Server exams...they are all 2008 which is old technology.

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  • PJ_SneakersPJ_Sneakers CompTIA, EC-Council, ISACA, (ISC)², Microsoft USAMember Posts: 879 ■■■■■■□□□□
    It's perfectly OK. You probably won't get any real benefits from it, but there's nothing to stop you from taking only one exam.

    You'll still get the generic MCP certification.
  • laptoplaptop Member Posts: 214
    It's perfectly OK. You probably won't get any real benefits from it, but there's nothing to stop you from taking only one exam.

    You'll still get the generic MCP certification.

    Thanks for the quick response.
  • srabieesrabiee Member Posts: 1,231 ■■■■■■■□□□
    What is the reason for not pursuing the full MCSA: SQL Server 2012?
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  • NetworkingStudentNetworkingStudent Member Posts: 1,407 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Have you looked into the Microsoft Virtual Academy courses for SQL?
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  • N2ITN2IT Inactive Imported Users Posts: 7,483
    I think it makes sense, I've seen jobs where they asked for a MS SQL certification, not the whole MCSA etc.
  • laptoplaptop Member Posts: 214
    srabiee wrote: »
    What is the reason for not pursuing the full MCSA: SQL Server 2012?

    My current job isn't really a pure technical role. I have no intention of becoming a database admin. I'm actually a software quality assurance analyst who uses SQL Server once in a while to check data. I was looking to pass some exam to expand my knowledge and to make my resume look good (marketing purposes). There are a lot of QA jobs that require intermediate knowledge on SQL Server.
  • laptoplaptop Member Posts: 214
    Have you looked into the Microsoft Virtual Academy courses for SQL?

    I watched a couple videos so far. I think it's even better than reading a thick textbook.
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    laptop wrote: »
    I watched a couple videos so far. I think it's even better than reading a thick textbook.

    Once you are finished with the videos head over to https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/bb467605.aspx for Technet's Virtual labs
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  • slee335slee335 Member Posts: 124
    i was thinking the same for mcsa server 2012, i thinking only taking 70-411 to just show that i know how my way around a server and AD. also to fluff up the resume for recruiter. i used to hate that person who got all those certs. they just collecting it. now i see why some people have to do it i feel like i'm doing that know to find a job in the sys admin area. people say oh you need experience how can i get experience if you don't hire me. so you collect the cert to just get the job experience.

    ex. got my ccna i was never able to find a job in networking they all said you got no experience. i was like wtf how am i going to get experience if you don't give me a chance. maybe i was unlucky to find a position. the cert expired and i never renewed. one thing i like about Microsoft they don't expire.
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