A Database Journal Guide to MySQL Certification: Part 2, Professional Certification

MySQL Professional Certification

Last month we looked at
the MySQL Core certification, aimed at MySQL users and developers. For people
wanting to go even further, there is another MySQL certification – the MySQL
Professional certification, aimed at database administrators. The Core
certification is a prerequisite for the Professional certification. The Pro
test is more difficult, and requires experience in administrating and
configuring a MySQL database server, so it is not for everybody. This month we
provide an outline of the Pro certification, and list of resources you will find
invaluable in preparing for the test.

MySQL Professional Certification Outline

The test covers MySQL
4.1, and tests the typical skills required by a MySQL administrator. In
general, this includes installing (on different platforms), configuring
optimizing and securing installations, as well as in-depth knowledge of the
MyISAM and InnoDB table types.

The complete list of exam
topics (as defined by MySQL in May 2005) follows, as well as links to relevant
Database Journal and other articles that can help you study this topic: As of
February 1st, 2005, questions on the certification exam pertain to MySQL 4.1.

Other resources

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Ian Gilfillan

Ian Gilfillan
Ian Gilfillan
Ian Gilfillan lives in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of the book 'Mastering MySQL 4', published by Sybex, and has been working with MySQL since 1997. These days he develops mainly in PHP and MySQL, although confesses to starting out with BASIC and COBOL, way back when, and still has a soft spot for Perl. He developed South Africa's first online grocery store, and has developed and taught internet development and other technical courses for various institutions. He has majors in Programming and Information Systems, as well as English and Philosophy. For 5 years he was Lead Developer and IT Manager for Independent Online, South Africa's premier news portal. However, he has now 'retired' from fulltime work, and is hoping that his next book will be more in the style of William Blake and Allen Ginsberg.

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