I’ve started my preperations for taking the first part (of the 2 part exam process) to become a Microsoft Certified Master.
As of today there are still no Prometric sites in Canada that offer the exam so I’ll have to try and schedule around one of my bi-monthly trips to Redmond I guess. I’ve been a 2008 MCITP-DBA and MCITP-DBDEV since the exams were first released so it’s been a while since I’ve had to “hit the books”.
My approach is to watch the MCM Readiness Videos and if I feel unsure about some of the subject matter of the video to then focus my efforts on that module and make sure I’m as comfortable with it as I am others. Some topics jump out to me immediately for needing some intense reading (XML, CLR, SQL Azure, and Spatial). These are all topics that I’d say I have an “OK” at best grasp on and to become an MCM “OK” just doesn’t cut it.
The studying, reading, etc I’ve been doing has been really fun so far…. no really it has been. Too often I think people get into a “comfort zone” of what they know and don’t take the time to really work with and understand what they don’t know. I definitely have been guilty in the past of not being in an “always learning” mode so this “carrot” that is being dangled in front of me (the MCM certification) is great motivation to take my skills to the next level.
There are some great blogs out there talking about the new MCM process and requirements:
… and of course my current playlist while working out at the gym:
The SQL Server 2008 MCM Readiness Videos – Paul Randal, Kimberly Tripp, Bob Beauchemin, and Brent Ozar
Good luck to everyone studying up!!