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Microsoft - MCSA: SQL Server



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8.5.2023 (Monday)


Get the knowledge and skills you need to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server database. You'll master SQL Server querying, administration and implementation of a Data Warehouse. Microsoft has updated its official courseware, to include training for SQL Server 2014. This complements the SQL Server 2012 content that is already within the curriculum. What you learn on this course will be applicable to both SQL Server 2012 and 2014.

The Microsoft MCSA: SQL Server course is your first step towards earning the advanced MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence certifications.

Learn how to:

  • Create a Data Warehouse with SQL Server
  • Implement ETL (extract, transform, load) with SQL Server Integration Services
  • Validate and cleanse data with SQL Server Data Quality Services and SQL Server Master Data Services

Four reasons why you should sit your MCSA SQL Server course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be MCSA SQL Server trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 9-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your MCSA SQL Server course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass MCSA SQL Server first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study MCSA SQL Server with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 134561 students saving more than one million hours since 2001


Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified fast. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams**, accommodation* and meals*. No hidden extras.
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified over 100,000 professionals
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts


Querying Microsoft SQL Server

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server
  • Introduction to T-SQL Querying
  • Writing SELECT Queries
  • Querying Multiple Tables
  • Sorting and Filtering Data
  • Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
  • Using DML to Modify Data
  • Using Built-In Functions
  • Grouping and Aggregating Data
  • Using Subqueries
  • Using Table Expressions
  • Using Set Operators
  • Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions
  • Pivoting and Grouping Sets
  • Executing Stored Procedures
  • Implementing Error Handling
  • Implementing Transactions
  • How to improve Query Performance

Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases

  • Installing SQL Server 2014
  • Working with Databases
  • SQL Server 2014 Recovery Models
  • Backup of SQL Server 2014 Databases
  • Restoring SQL Server 2014 Databases
  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Authenticating and Authorizing Users
  • Assigning Server and Database Roles
  • Authorizing Users to Access Resources
  • Protecting Data by Using Encryption and Auditing
  • Automating SQL Server 2014 Management
  • Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
  • Monitoring SQL Server 2014 by Using Alerts and Notifications
  • Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
  • Tracing Access to SQL Server 2014
  • Monitoring SQL Server 2014

Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server

  • Introducing Data Warehousing
  • Planning Data Warehouse Hardware
  • Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
  • Creating an ETL Solution with SSIS
  • Implementing a Control Flow in an SSIS Package
  • Debugging and Troubleshooting SSIS Packages
  • Implementing a Data Extraction Solution
  • Loading Data into Data Warehouse
  • Enforcing Data Quality
  • Master Data Services
  • Extending SQL Server Integration Services
  • Deploying and Configuring SSIS Packages

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exams:

  • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server
  • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases
  • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server

What's Included

Microsoft Official Curriculum

  • MOC 20461C - Querying Microsoft SQL Server
  • MOC 20462C - Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases
  • MOC 20463C - Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


In addition to professional experience, you must have the following, to successfully get your SQL certification:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL
  • Working knowledge of relational databases
  • Experience with database design
  • Understanding of virtualisation technology (Classroom labs utilise virtual machines)
  • Minimum two years’ experience of working with relational databases, including:)
    • Designing a normalized database
    • Creating tables and relationships
    • Querying with Transact-SQL
  • Exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching)

Being aware of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is also recommended.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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