MySQL Certification FAQ


Q: Why should I get certified at the Conference?
A: By taking your exam at the conference, you not only save a lot of money, you can also attend certification primer tutorials on the first day of the conference. Attend the tutorial and go to the exam while all the details are fresh in your mind.

Q: Will the DBA certification primer tutorial fully prepare me for taking the certification exams?
A: The tutorials are “primers” and in the time provided, the speaker cannot cover every detail you need to know before taking the exams. They are however a great refresher and address some of the key areas needed for the exam. MySQL also offers training courses that will prepare you for all the exams (see For self-study for the Developer and DBA exams, you should purchase the MySQL 5.0 Certifcation Study Guide (ISBN 0-672-32812-7). And the MySQl 5.1 Cluster DBA Certification Study Guide is recommended for Cluster DBA candidates.

Q: What does it cost to take an exam at the conference?
A: Exams at the conference cost $25 (regular price is $200.) You save $175 per exam.

Q: Can I pay for the certification exams before the conference?
A: No. Registration and payment for certification exams will be available ONLY onsite through the testing program.

Q: How do I pay for the certification exams at the conference?
A: You may purchase exams onsite. Only credit card payments will be accepted. Onsite sales are subject to availability, and will close if the testing room cannot accommodate more exam-takers.

Q: What do all those acronyms in the previous answer refer to?
A: CMDEV is the abbreviation of Certified MySQL Developer; CMDBA for Certified MySQL Database Administrator and CMCDBA for Certified MySQL Cluster Database Administrator.

Q: What is the format of the certification exams delivered during the conference?
A: Bring a laptop as the tests will all be given over the Internet. There will be 24 hard wired ports available on a first-come-first-server basis and others will have to rely on the conference WiFi.

Q: Where can I get more information on the MySQL Certification program, exam contents and so forth?
A: The certification pages on contain the information you need. You should make sure to familiarize yourself with the contents of the Candidate Guide that you will find there.

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