I decided to take the 70-433 Exam this morning, cold, with no studying, just to see how I would do. It was actually easier than I expected, and I got a score of 850/1000. Passing this exam gives me the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in SQL Server 2008 Database Development certification.
I’ll be taking the 70-450 Exam next, which is for MCITP:Database Administrator 2008. MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) is the next higher level certification, just above Technology Specialist.
I have always been a fan of getting vendor certified (even though it is not a substitute for hands-on experience and knowledge). I have run into many developers and DBAs in my career who scoff at getting certified, but I think it is very worthwhile. I am constantly trying to inspire my students at University of Denver – University College to work on getting certified. It shows that you have initiative and care about your career.