DBAs: Show the world you’re a cloud-ready database champion

Posted 09 Apr 2020 by Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

I’m excited to let you know that the DP-300: Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure beta exam is now available. This exam is required to earn the Azure Database Administrator Associate certification.

There’s no time like the present for you, as a database administrator (DBA), to demonstrate how you add business value through your support of data state modernization efforts—whether you use on-premises, cloud, or hybrid scenarios. With this new Microsoft Certification, you can prove that your database administration experience and skills span from on-premises to the cloud.

Is this the right certification for you?

Azure database administrators implement and manage the operation of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built on Azure data services and SQL Server. These professionals are responsible for the management, availability, and security of databases, plus performance monitoring and optimization of modern relational database solutions. To perform day-to-day operations, the Azure DBA uses a variety of methods and tools, including applying their knowledge of T-SQL for administrative management. Is this how you spend your days? If so, this certification is for you.

Ready to prove your Azure Database Administrator skills?

The first 300 people who take the DP-300 (beta) exam on or before May 31, 2020, can get 80% off market price! (Learn why beta exams are no longer free)

To receive the discount, register now and when you’re prompted for payment, use code DP300CAMDEN. This is not a private access code. The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must take the exam on or before May 31, 2020.

Some ideas to prepare for the DP-300 (beta) exam:

  • Review the DP-300 (beta) exam page for details. The skills outline document alerts you to key topics covered on the exam.
  • Explore free learning paths, courses, and hands-on learning on Microsoft Learn. For updates on Microsoft Certifications, including new content available to help you prepare, follow @MicrosoftLearn.
  • Want even more in-depth training? Connect with Microsoft Learning Partners in your area for in-person training.
  • Need other preparation ideas? Check out my blog post on preparing for beta exams.

About the beta exam process

Microsoft, together with our partner ecosystem, is adapting to the current environment to ensure that you can continue to learn and get certified on Microsoft technologies while staying safe (learn more by reading this update on Microsoft training and certification). As an alternative to taking your beta exam at a testing center, online proctoring is available, allowing you to take your exam in the comfort of your own home (or office if that’s an option). Stay up to date with current testing availability information from Pearson Vue.

Further, to offer more flexibility in your scheduling options, we are extending the beta period.

Keep in mind that beta exams aren’t scored immediately. The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, check out The path from beta exam to live exam and More tips about beta exams.

Remember, the number of spots is limited to the first 300 candidates taking the DP-300 (beta) exam on or before May 31, 2020. Please note that the beta exam is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, or China.

Ready to get started?

With stores of data—and the uses for it—increasing exponentially, the need for skilled Azure database administrators will only continue to grow. With this new Microsoft Certification, you can prove your expertise and show organizations that you have the skills they need. Ready to get started? Get the details on the DP-300 (beta) exam.

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