Microsoft Certifications Overview:
Microsoft has recently revamped their certificates programs to be more targeted. The Certifications Overview provides a map of how the certifications fit together. In addition, the newer Microsoft Certifications have lifecycle policies that are new to the Microsoft Certification program. These policies were put in place to ensure that Microsoft Certifications remain up-to-date on relevant Microsoft technologies.
Training for the Microsoft Certifications can be accomplished in a classroom or via distance or e-learning programs. More information about the Microsoft training programs can be found on the training pages.
The MCDBA - Microsoft Certified Database Administrator:
The MCDBA is designed to make sure you have the skills to lead organizations in the successful design, implementation, and administration of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 databases.
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 candidates need to pass three core exams and one elective exam. The core exams include one SQL Server administration exam and one SQL Server design exam. In addition, MCDBA candidates have the option to pass either one Windows 2000 Server or one Windows Server 2003 exam to fulfill the networking systems core requirement. The elective exam requirement is to provide proof of expertise with a specific Microsoft server product.
More information about the exams, courses and test preparation for the Microsoft MCDBA can be found on Microsoft's certifications learning site.