MySQL Certification


In this article, we will explore what a MySQL certification is, why it is important, and how you can go about getting certified in MySQL by Sanfoundry for free.

What is a MySQL certification?
A MySQL certification is a professional credential demonstrating an individual’s proficiency in MySQL. The certified professional has in-depth knowledge of topics such as:

  • installation of MySQL and work with MySQL database as admin and client to store and retrieve the data.
  • design of basic and advanced applications using MySQL.
  • fundamentals of database concept and MySQL.
  • basic concepts of how a database stores information via tables.
  • understanding of SQL syntax used with MySQL.
  • knowledge of how to retrieve and manipulate data from one or more tables.
  • filtering of data based upon multiple conditions.
  • updation and insertion of data into existing tables.
  • knowledge of how the relationships between tables will affect the SQL.
  • familiarity with the advantages of stored procedures with storing data using variables and functions.
  • knowledge of how SQL can be used with programming languages like PHP to create dynamic websites for visitors.

Which certification is best to work in the field of MySQL?
Sanfoundry offers free certification in the field of MySQL. Other certifications are Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in SQL Server (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in SQL Server (MCTS), MySQL Certification by MySQL, and the Oracle MySQL Database Administration Certification.

What type of job can I get with a MySQL certification?
MySQL is a popular database for storing and processing data. With MySQL certification you can work as a MySQL Administrator, MySQL Developer, Software Developer, Backend Developer or Software Engineer, Technical Project Manager, and DB Engineer Trainee.

What topics are covered in the MySQL certification course exam?
Here’s the complete syllabus of the exam.

MySQL Certification Syllabus
General MySQL Use Using SQL to Manage Data Table Creation
Data Types Stored Programs Query Optimization
Scheduling and Locking Issues MySQL Programming MySQL Programs Using C
MySQL Programs Using Perl DBI & PHP MySQL Administration Access Control and Security
MySQL Data Directory General MySQL Administration Storage Engine Configuration
Access Control and Security Database Maintenance, Backups & Replication Data Type Reference
Operators and Functions System, Status and User Variables SQL Syntax
Select Statement Nulls and Conditions Secure Connections

Sanfoundry MySQL Certification

Sanfoundry offers online certification in MySQL for free. The certification exam is divided into two parts: Qualifier Test and Certification Test.

First step is to take the "Qualifier Test". If you have scored at least a B grade in the "Qualifier Test", then only you would be eligible to take part in the online "Certification Test". If you have scored an A* (Genius) or A (Excellent) grade in the certification test, then you will be awarded a “Certificate of Merit” in MySQL from Sanfoundry.

MySQL Certification Exam Overview:

Here are the details and format of the Certification Exam:

  • Format: Online & Multiple Choice
  • Prerequisite: Yes (Qualifier Test)
  • Total Questions: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Fee: Free
Marking Scheme:
In the online certification test, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer. So, you have to be more careful in your test. If needed, you should skip to the next question and come back to that question later so that you can manage the time more effectively during the test.

Based on your score, you would be given one of the following Grades:

Grade A* – Genius (You scored 100%)
Grade A – Excellent (Your score is in the range of 80% to 99%)
Grade B – Good (Your score is in the range of 60% to 80%)
Grade C – Average (Your score is in the range of 40% to 60%)
Grade D – Poor (Your score is in the range of 0% to 40%)

Steps to get the Free MySQL Certificate

How to prepare for MySQL Certification Exam?
Before you start taking the certification test, it is important to study and practice our collection of 1000 MySQL MCQs and check your progress by taking this subject specific Practice & Mock Tests.

Once you are ready, follow the below mentioned steps:
  1. Sign up with Sanfoundry.
  2. Take this MySQL Qualifier Test.
  3. Score at least B Grade in the Qualifier test in order to be qualified to take the certification exam.
  4. Once you have qualified, you can take this MySQL Certification Test anytime (24×7).
  5. If you have scored either A* Grade (Genius) or A Grade (Excellent) in the test, then you are eligible for a "Certificate of Merit".
  6. Fill this feedback form and download your certificate of merit from here. Kindly note that we issue certificate-of-merit on a monthly basis only i.e., on 5th of the next month.
  7. Check your name in the list of top-rankers live here.
Note: If you face a technical problem during the test, you should take a screenshot of your Monitor and send it to [email protected] along with your contact number so we can call you back soon.

MySQL Certification FAQs

1. Is a certification required to work in MySQL? Will it get me a job?
A certification is not mandatory, but it demonstrates your expertise in this field. So the benefit of a certification is that it can help make the process easier by showing employers that you have the skills necessary for the given job.

2. Can I do MySQL certification if I am a beginner?
Yes, but you should prepare the subject thoroughly by studying all the chapters and topics.

3. Is the MySQL exam hard?
This subject is not difficult to learn, but it's not an easy subject either. If you've practiced MySQL in-depth, then the test might be a little easier for you.

4. How long does it take to earn a MySQL certification?
The amount of time it takes to earn the certification varies depending on individual circumstances and level of experience. It typically takes several months of studying and practice to prepare for the certification exam.

5. Can I earn a college credit for my MySQL course if I am certified?
It depends on your college. There are few colleges and institutions which prefer the students to be certified by external institutions for a credit course. So, kindly check with your college.

6. Can I get certified in MySQL online?
Yes, Sanfoundry offers free online certificate in MySQL.

7. Which online MySQL Certification Course is the best?
Each online certification course has a specific focus and it prepares you for different skillset. So, there is no single best course on MySQL. The best you can do is to get a free certificate on this from Sanfoundry. If you are doing a self-study, you can learn the basics in the free MySQL Certification Course.

8. Can I get MySQL certification for free? How much it cost?
Yes, you can get the certification for free. A Certificate by Sanfoundry is 100% free for everyone.

9. How long is MySQL certification valid? Does it expire?
The certificate is valid for life. There is no need to renew your certificate or take any further steps to keep your certification active.

10. Who is eligible to take the MySQL certification exam?
Anyone who has been "working" or "studying" the subject can take the certification exam.

11. What is the format of the certification exam?
It is MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) based.

12. Is there any negative marking in the online certification exam?
In the Certification exam, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be a negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer.

13. How many times can I take the certification exam?
You can attempt the certification exam 2 times a month.

14. Are there any resources or materials available to help me prepare for the MySQL Certification exam?
You should practice Sanfoundry MySQL MCQs. Additionally, you can refer to the collection of best MySQL Books.

15. Are there any prerequisites for MySQL certification?
Yes, there is one prerequisite. You have to complete the qualifier test before taking the certification test.

16. How do I get certified in MySQL?
Take the Sanfoundry test, get either an A* Grade (Genius) or an A Grade (Excellent) in the MySQL certification exam, and earn a free certificate of merit from us.

17. How do I register for the certification exam? How to get started?
Simply signup with Sanfoundry and take the test as mentioned here.

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