A Database Journal Guide to MySQL 5 Certification: The DBA Stream

Tuesday Aug 22nd 2006 by Ian Gilfillan
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Ian Gilfillan provides a reference for studying for MySQL 5 certification, including a list of topics covered in the exam, as well as resources from the MySQL site and Database Journal that you can use to enhance your studies.

Introduction

Last time we looked at the Developer Stream of the MySQL 5 certification. Now, in the last part of this series, we look at the DBA stream. Passing the DBA exam, (the title you can use once qualified is the Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator (DBA)), requires more in-depth knowledge of MySQL's intricacies than the Developer exam. Although the two streams have been separated, and it's possible to follow either stream without necessarily having to do the other, the DBA exam is the successor to the old MySQL 4 Professional exam. Anyone holding that certification can upgrade to the DBA stream in one exam, while those who hold the old Core title would need to write both DBA exams in order to upgrade.

The next two sections will list all the topics in the two DBA exams, mentioning how large a part they play in the entire exam (the percentage figure in brackets), and provide a list of useful sources for studying up in that area.

MySQL DBA I

MySQL DBA II

Conclusion

You should be aware now that achieving the DBA certification is not going to be easy, and that the exams test a broad range of knowledge. But, with all the available resources, and sufficient practical experience, there's no reason you can't succeed in achieving it. Good luck!

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