Certification By the Numbers



has 233 names for the core exam, which has been out for a few years now. I passed it in 2004, and sure enough, my name is one of the 75 in the US. Are there really so few people out there, or are they just not taking/passing the exam?

I did notice at the MySQL Users Conference that only 1/4 to 1/3 of the exams earned a passing grade, and given that you have to pass 2 exams to receive certification, the chances of passing are not in your favor. Granted, studying helps (as does experience), which is how I passed the Core exam in 2004 and then both 5.0 DBA exams in April (2006).

Like much of the rest of life, it’s not difficult, you just have to work at it a bit. Read the certification guide, and study, and use MySQL, and you’ll pass.

I’m quite amazed at the low amount of people who are actually certified. I guess it’s better for me; 1 of 75 in the country and 1 of 233 in the world that are Core certified. I can’t wait to see the numbers when the 5.0 certification results are up.

Perhaps that will be Roland’s first task…. 😉

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