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Argenis Fernandez

A Few Thoughts on the SQL Server MCM Program

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Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:11 AM by Argenis

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Eugene Lobanov said:

Yeah! You are lucky man!

I wanna pass MCM too, but there aren't training centers in Russia.

I wanna do labs, but it's to expencive for me.

How much does it cost for you? Is it helpfull?


February 22, 2012 2:52 AM

Argenis said:

@Eugene the knowledge exam costs $500, and the Lab costs $2000. If you take a IE class with the SQLSkills folks or do the MCM Online training being offered, you have an opportunity to win vouchers to be used toward the cost of the certification.

February 22, 2012 2:57 AM

Sourabh said:

A very nice take on MCM. I am taking mine the coming winter and hopefully I can learn from your experience.

February 22, 2012 3:02 AM

Richard Douglas said:

Congratulations, that's awesome!

February 22, 2012 4:11 AM

Brent Ozar said:

Congratulations, man, and you definitely are a Master.

February 22, 2012 8:13 AM

Andy ball said:

Congrats . So roughly how many hours did u spend studying ? I know this is kind of meaningless question due to everyone's experience / abilities being different , but would kind of interesting. I'm trying to figure out ROI

February 22, 2012 2:47 PM

Argenis said:

@Andy, I didn't track hours - always studied after business hours. But in my opinion the ROI of such an advanced certification is always 1) huge and 2) very positive.

February 22, 2012 4:26 PM

Jonathan Gardner said:


February 23, 2012 12:30 PM

Oscar Zamora said:

Congratulations Argenis! You are right about the practice portion. You need to have experienced it in the real world. I wish other certifications had labs as part of the exam; I've dealt with certified resources in the past that didn't know how to solve real-world challenges, or even have an idea where to start to get their arms around it.

I was never fond of certification because of it; however the MCM is a different ballpark.

Congratulations again!

February 23, 2012 1:06 PM

Kendra Little said:

Not only all of that-- you've also been regularly presenting at SQL Saturdays, as well, and breaking ground in new topics!

Very cool, and very well deserved. Congrats!

February 23, 2012 3:51 PM

Andy Ball said:

Thx , I'm intending doing outside of office hours too, that's why I was asking ;) Ie giving up say 250 hours ( I need to do the 2 dev exams) of my life v better money / better chance of landing a higher paying Contract cos I know more

February 24, 2012 4:11 PM

Matt Velic said:

Congratulations! This is fantastic news!

February 24, 2012 5:45 PM

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