I’m a MCITP, now what?

mcitp-databasedeveloperIt’s been a few days shy of two months since I got my MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development, I passed the 70-51.  As a result, I’m now a MCITP: Database developer.  I’ve been pushing pretty hard to get this one out of the way so I can begin my training for the administrator track.  It feels great to have my first major milestone behind me. 

But it also opens up a whole new set of possibilities to me.

A good friend of mine sat me down and asked me point blank, “Have you considered the Microsoft Certified Trainer program?”

I’ll be honest, I love teaching small groups.  I think I’d enjoy teaching in a more standard environment too.  After our conversation, I hit the Microsoft website to get more information on the trainer program

Wow, the marketing picture of a trainer is even wearing my power blue shirt.  Maybe this is for me.

By passing my MCITP, I’ve met the first requirement. 

Looks like the next item on the list will be to demonstrate my instructional presentation skills.  There are four ways to do that.  The one that fits my schedule best would be to Attend and pass a presentation skills course.  After a bit of digging, I found such a course is being offered in Columbia in July.

That would leave me with one final requirement.  I must deliver at least one Microsoft Course within the first year as an MCT.  I’ve been wanting to give back to the community more.  I’d like to offer database technologies courses at the community college near me.  I’m going to invest some time in seeing if this idea would meet the MCT requirements as well as fit in with the college’s plans for their future IT offerings.

This doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the MCM track I set out to reach this year.  This only means I’ve found an additional goal along the way.  One I didn’t fully realize was there until I stopped and did some research.  But now that I know it’s there.  It’s one I think could help me do even more good in the community.

I could help others break into SQL, and those who are already in SQL make it to the next level.

That’s what I want.

In the next few weeks I’m going to build more blog posts to help you get ready for your exam.  Mostly I’ll spin you some scenarios you’ll face in the real world, and you have to choose how to solve those solutions using SQL.  Not exactly questions and answers to memorize, but you can see what knowledge you’d need in order to pass.

If I can help you in any other way with your certifications, or simply learning SQL, just let me know what I can do to help!

By Shannon Lowder

Shannon Lowder is the Database Engineer you've been looking for! Look no further for expertise in: Business Analysis to gather the business requirements for the database; Database Architecting to design the logical design of the database; Database Development to actually build the objects needed by the business logic; finally, Database Administration to keep the database running in top form, and making sure there is a disaster recovery plan.


  1. I am so glad to have run across your blog yesterday. I am currently studying for 70-432 and 70-433 simultaneously and am really excited about your upcoming blogs on helping study. I hope to take both tests by the end of July.

    Thanks for what you do for the community.

  2. Yes, thanks for the suggestion. I purchased a three pack hoping to complete three this calendar year. I would not mind getting your notes just to make sure I am headed down the correct path while studying. I have already been reading through some of your blogs and have enjoyed the content.

  3. Hi Shannon,

    Awesome blog! I found it very informative. I just started to study for the exam 70-433. Can you give me some advice on study materials? Now that I found your blog, I will definitely follow it. Still I would like to know what books you exactly followed? “MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-433): Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Database Development Book” enough for the study? Did you buy any test questions before the test? Appreciate your advise. Also thank you for serving the community.

    1. My latest article might be what you’re looking for. My basic steps are read the self paced. Figure out which sections I don’t know ( and you have to be honest with yourself here). Once you identify the sections you need to work on, practice the examples from the book and look for blog entries on those subjects. Finally take the practice exams in the book, they’re tough…I’d almost say tougher than you’ll see on the exam. I don’t advise the tests you can purchase, you’d end up just memorizing the answers and not the content.

      What made you decide to get the exams? That’ll tell a lot about what you need to do to study. If you would like, we can take this over to email. You can reach me at [email protected].

      Thanks for visiting!

  4. I’m following your study method. Just bought the Microsoft press self paced kit and reading it from the start. I agree with you. I wouldn’t buy any test questions as I don’t want to memorize the answers. It will take some time but so far I’m enjoying the book. I’ve been a database developer for a while but I know that I still need to go through quite a few topics in details to pass the exam. I want to learn as much as possible. I have to balance my work and family schedules at the same time. Appreciate your email. I will definitely go through your blog once I finish each section in the book. Thanks a lot for your email. I will reach out to you for further suggestions if needed. Please keep up your good work.

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