Microsoft - MCSA: SQL Server & MCSE: Data Platform



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27/3/2023 (Monday)


Learn how to develop and maintain a Microsoft SQL Server database, and get hands-on with the new tools and features of SQL Server 2014. This accelerated course provides you with both MCSA: SQL Server and MCSE: Data Platform SQL Server certifications in just 15 days - 50% faster than traditional training.

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. You'll also learn how to write Transact-SQL code for Microsoft SQL Server database development.

Learn both basic and advanced SQL Server functionality

This course includes the foundations for all SQL Server-related disciplines: Database Admin, Development and Business Intelligence. You’ll also learn enterprise-level SQL Server-related disciplines for Database Administration and Database Development.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Manage the new In-Memory technologies in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and design Enterprise level solutions for both on-premises and Windows Azure Database environments.
  • 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


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

  • Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • 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
  • Querying SQL Server Metadata
  • Execute Stored Procedures
  • Programming with T-SQL
  • 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
  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Authenticating and Authorising Users
  • Assigning Server and Database Roles
  • Authorising Users to Access Resources
  • Protecting Data by Using Encryption and Auditing
  • Automating SQL Server 2014 Management
  • Configure 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
  • Create an ETL Solution with SSIS
  • Implement Control Flow in an SSIS Package
  • Debugging and Troubleshoot SSIS Packages
  • Implementing a Data Extraction Solution
  • Loading Data into Data Warehousee
  • Enforcing Data Quality
  • Master Data Services
  • Extending SQL Server Integration Services
  • Deploying and Configuring SSIS Packages

Developing SQL Server Databases

  • Introduction to Database Development
  • Designing and Implementing Tables
  • Ensuring Data Integrity through Constraints
  • Introduction to Indexing
  • Advanced Indexing
  • Columnstore Indexes
  • Designing and Implementing Views
  • Designing and Implementing Stored Procedures
  • Designing and Implementing User-Defined Functions
  • Responding to Data Manipulation via Triggers
  • Using In-Memory Tables
  • Implementing Managed Code in SQL Server
  • Storing and Querying XML Data in SQL Server
  • Working with SQL Server Spatial Data

Designing a Data Solution with Microsoft SQL Server

  • Introduction to Enterprise Data Architecture
  • Multi-Server Configuration Management
  • Consolidating Database Workloads with SQL Server 2014
  • Introduction to Cloud Data Solutions
  • Introduction to Windows Azure
  • Windows Azure SQL Database
  • SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines
  • Introduction to High Availability in SQL Server 2014
  • Clustering with Windows Server and SQL Server 2014
  • AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Planning High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Replicating Data

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
  • Exam 70-464: Developing SQL Server Databases
  • Exam 70-465: Designing a Data Solution with Microsoft SQL Server

Do you already have a SQL Server 2008 certification? If so, you may be able to take less exams on this course before you get your certification. Call us on
080 80 800 888 to find out more.

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
  • MOC 20464C – Developing SQL Server Databases
  • MOC 20465C Designing a Data Solution with Microsoft SQL Server
  • T-SQL Fundamentals for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure - ISBN 9780735658141
  • Training Kit Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases Book/CD Package - ISBN 82039780735666078
  • Training Kit (Exam 70-461): Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - ISBN 9780735666054
  • Training Kit (Exam 70-463): Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - ISBN 9780735666092
  • Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server - ISBN - 978-0071759380

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:

  • Fundamental knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL and relational databases
  • Database design experience
  • An understanding of Virtualisation technology (Classroom labs utilise virtual machines)
  • At least two years’ experience of working with relational databases, including:
    • Design a normalized database
    • Create tables and relationships
    • Query with Transact-SQL
  • Exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching)

Awareness 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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