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10 Top Database Certifications

What is a DBA Certification?

Database certifications allow professionals in the market to demonstrate their specialized knowledge of various vendor-specific and open-source databases. 

Why Should I Get a DBA Certification?

Database professionals are in high demand right now, particularly those who are familiar with multiple databases. One or more certifications can help database administrators (DBAs) or students demonstrate their experience and stand out from other candidates.

These are 10 of the top database certifications you can earn right now and the different skills they signal to a recruiter or interviewer:

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1. Microsoft DP-300 Exam: Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure

Traditionally, the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification — a baseline accreditation designed to teach the fundamentals of database knowledge — was considered one go-to option for professionals new to the industry.

However, Microsoft began phasing out the MTA in 2021. In June 2022, the certification exam will no longer be available.

In its place are related courses intended to train students in using Microsoft’s cloud computing service Azure, ending in the Microsoft DP-300 exam.

Check out this practice exam!

Skills Acquired

The content of the DP-300 exam does not map one-to-one with what was in the MTA exam. However, this certification will provide a familiarity with database administration and the Azure platform. 

It primarily focuses on the administration of relational databases and is a great choice for those who use or expect to use Azure. As a result, if you work with a non-relational database, this may not be the right certification to start with.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the DP-300 exam, but the Azure Fundamentals certification may provide some baseline knowledge that will make the exam easier.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The exam costs $165, lasts around two hours, and consists of 40–60 questions.

Microsoft offers a free online training course and a paid instructor-led class that will teach you everything you need to know for the exam. Practice tests are also available on Microsoft’s website.

2. Microsoft DP-900 Exam: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals

The Microsoft DP-900 exam certification is ideal for database administrators or students who want accreditation focused more on the fundamentals than the DP-300 exam.

Skills Acquired

The DP-900 exam provides fundamental database administration knowledge using the Azure system as a reference point.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the DP-900 exam.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The online DP-900 costs $99. It consists of 40–60 questions that you will have one hour to complete. 

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3. MongoDB Database Administrator

MongoDB is often the go-to database choice for teams that need a NoSQL or non-relational database. 

It’s not the most commonly used database, but it’s employed frequently enough that database administrators may want a MongoDB certification at some point in their career.

MongoDB offers two platform-specific certifications, MongoDB Developer and MongoDB Database Administrator, which will be the most relevant for database professionals.

Skills Acquired

The Database Administrator course covers fundamentals, including topics related to server and database administration as well as basic JavaScript, system programming, and software development.

The course will also help familiarize you with some of the unique advantages of MongoDB. The system offers significant freedom and ease of scalability compared to other databases, according to cybersecurity and managed IT provider Agio.

Requirements

The Database Administrator course has no prerequisites.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The online exam for the Database Administrator certification costs $150. It consists of 60 multiple-choice questions that you have 90 minutes to answer. Exam content will cover the most recent major release of MongoDB, version 5.0.

In addition to online course materials, MongoDB also offers practice exams and other study tools you can use before scheduling your exam.

Check out this practice exam!

4. Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate

Oracle offers a handful of database certifications relevant to administration and the Oracle Database management system. 

The Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associate, which is based on the version of Oracle Database people currently use (12c, 12cR2 OCP, or 11g), will be the best available option. A 10g version of the certification is also available.

Skills Acquired

These certifications are slightly different versions that teach primarily the same course content—database fundamentals and administration skills. However, certain elements are adapted based on the chosen Oracle Database version.

Requirements

There are no requirements for the Associate certification. Passing the Database Administrator Certified Associate exam will qualify you for the Oracle Database Administration Certified Professional certificate with completion of an additional Oracle Database course.

Duration, Location, and Cost

You’ll need to pass two different exams to earn the certification: an Oracle Database SQL exam and the main Database Administration exam. They both need to be written for the version of Oracle Database you want to be certified for. 

The SQL and main exams cost $245 and last two hours. It’s proctored by Pearson VUE and can be taken online or at an official location.

The combined price of $490 makes this certification pricier than most others on this list. However, it can still be valuable for database administrators who need to prove their Oracle Database expertise.

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5. Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional

As a follow-up accreditation, Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional demonstrates a deeper understanding of the Oracle Database system for DBAs with associate certification.

Skills Acquired

This course builds on knowledge from the associate certification, covering topics relevant to cloud computing. Several professional versions are available for different Oracle Database releases.

Requirements

You will need the associate certificate and completion of one of several Oracle Database courses.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The exam costs $245 and lasts two hours. Because it requires the completion of several prerequisite courses and certification exams, this is the most expensive certification on this list. However, this cost can be worth it for DBAs needing to prove Oracle Database expertise.

The exam can be taken online or at a Pearson VUE testing center.

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6. EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Certification Program

Since Postgres is open source, there are no certificates available directly from the PostgreSQL development team. If you want a Postgres certificate, your only option will be a third-party certification program offered by EnterpriseDB.

Skills Acquired

The Postgres program includes an associate and professional certification. The associate course covers the basics of database administration as well as the specifics of working with Postgres. 

The professional course, which requires the completion of the associate exam, provides more advanced knowledge and covers topics like benchmarking, replication, and the management of high-availability systems.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the associate certificate. The professional certification requires completion of the associate exam.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The professional and associate exams each cost $200. They are both multiple-choice, an hour long, and conducted online.

7. IBM Certified Database Administrator, Db2

The IBM Certified Database Administrator accreditation provides a combination of general knowledge and practical information about the IBM Db2 family of products.

Skills Acquired

The certification course covers database design and implementation, recovery, security and migration, and distributed access. 

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for Exam C2090-312: IBM DB2 11 DBA for z/OS.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The exam costs $200 and lasts 90 minutes. It consists of 67 questions and is proctored online or at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Check out this practice exam!

8. SAP Certified Application Associate, Reporting, Modeling, and Data Acquisition With SAP BW/4HANA 2.x

Certification from SAP can be valuable for professionals working with SAP HANA. The company offers a wide variety of credentials, but only two are directly relevant to SAP HANA.

Skills Acquired

The certification course covers modeling, data acquisition, and query design with SAP HANA.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the exam.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The online-only exam costs $227 for one attempt or $568 for six. You will have 180 minutes to complete 80 questions relevant to the course material.

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9. Teradata Vantage Administrator Exam

Do you want to learn more about Teradata Vantage and its features, like its advanced SQL engine? Teradata offers a course and exam for DBAs that will teach you more about Vantage and measure your knowledge.

Skills Acquired

The course covers information relevant to the Advanced SQL Engine and database administration, including performance management, security, system logging, and workload management.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the course or exam. However, Teradata recommends one to three years of hands-on experience with Vantage.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The test can be taken remotely or at a Pearson VUE testing location. The cost of the exam is $249 for one attempt. You will have 130 minutes to complete it, including administration time.

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10. Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate Certification

Want to improve your SQL skills? This certification from Oracle provides database administrators and students with a deeper understanding of how SQL can be used in database management and administration.

Skills Acquired

The course covers the fundamental SQL knowledge needed for successful database administration. Topics include working with databases, understanding queries, manipulating SQL statements, and comprehending Data Definition and Data Control.

Requirements

There are no prerequisites for the course, but a basic working knowledge of computer hardware will be helpful. Passing the exam is required for some advanced Oracle certifications.

Duration, Location, and Cost

The exam costs $245 and consists of 78 questions. You will have precisely 100 minutes to complete it. Like other Oracle exams, the test is proctored by Pearson VUE, meaning you can take it online or at one of their testing locations.

Check out this practice exam!

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