The MySQL 5.6 certification exams (Developer and DBA) are now GA! A big thanks to all those who sat for the extended length beta exams – and subsequently waited for several months for your results. Your feedback and the data collected from many beta testers helped ensure the final exams are high quality. A huge thanks also goes to the MySQL staff at Oracle who produced, edited and verified exam questions, in addition to their normal job responsibilities. In particular, these exams would have never materialized without a massive investment from the MySQL Support Team – thanks for the great job!
If you missed the reduced-fee beta period, the exams are now available for $245 (USD) each. While not as inexpensive as the beta exams, this is still a substantial savings from earlier certification offerings, as each certification has collapsed content from two exams (and two fees) into a single exam. And you’ll get the benefits of a GA test – quick feedback on results and a shorter exam with higher-quality, beta-vetted questions.
The exams are tough – I wasn’t sure whether I would pass (like Dave Stokes, happy to report I did). The passing percentage for both exams is set at 64%. If you’re feeling unsure about whether you’re prepared, consider a MySQL Training course to assist you.
Now that I know that I passed both exams, I’ll try to complete the promised study guide blog posts.