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IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2

Best Database Certifications For 2017

IBM is considered one of the leaders in the worldwide database market, according to Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The company's database portfolio includes the industry-standard DB2, as well as IBM Compose, Information Management System (IMS), lnformix, Cloudant and IBM Open Platform (Hadoop). IBM also has a long-standing and well-populated IT certification program, which has been around for more than 30 years and encompasses hundreds of individual credentials.

One of the company's major certification categories is called IBM Analytics, which includes the Platform Analytics portfolio. The range of database credentials offered includes Database Associate, Database Administrator, Advanced Database Administrator, Solutions Developer, Solutions Expert and more. It's a big complex certification space, but one where particular platform allegiances are likely to guide readers straight to the handful of items that are probably relevant to their interests and needs.

Database professionals who support DB2 (or aspire to) on Linux, Unix or Windows should check out the IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2. It's an intermediate-level credential that addresses routine administration, basic SQL, and creation of databases and database objects, as well as server management, monitoring, availability and security.

The certification requires candidates to pass two exams. Training is recommended but not required.

IBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 Facts & Figures

Certification NameIBM Certified Database Administrator for DB2 (z/OS, Linux, UNIX, and Windows)
Prerequisites & Required CoursesNone required

Recommended courses available
Number of ExamsTwo exams:
  • IBM DB2 11.1 DBA for LUW (exam C2090-600) (60 questions, 90 minutes)
  • DB2 10.5 Fundamentals for LUW (exam C2090-615) (62 questions, 90 minutes)
Cost per Exam$200 (or local currency equivalent) per exam. Sign up for exams at Pearson VUE.
Self-Study MaterialsEach exam webpage provides exam objectives, suggested training courses, and links to study guides for sale through MC Press Publications. Click the Test Preparation tab for detailed information.