SQLskills Adds Verified Credentials and Badging through YourAcclaim!

At SQLskills, we’re continually looking to provide you with tools necessary to achieve your personal and professional goals. We also understand that communicating your knowledge and credentials in an ever-increasing online world – can be challenging at best! That is why we’ve partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide you with a digital version of your course attendance and credentials. This is the same platform you’ll use (or, are already using!) to show your Microsoft certifications and exams.

These digital badges can be used:

  • On social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter 
  • In email signatures and digital resumes
  • On your website or blog to show your credentials
  • To print a pdf certificate of your course

Each digital badge contains verified metadata that describes your course attendance, the skills covered, and the length of the course you attended to earn your badge. And, we’re adding badges for ALL currently, supported versions of SQL Server (all the way back to SQL Server 2012). I’ll be sending a detailed email to all of you but if you just can’t wait for me to sort through hundreds of students / classes before I get to you – you can request your badge RIGHT NOW! Just complete the information on our “Badge Me” page here: https://www.sqlskills.com/badgeme/ and I’ll verify the dates / course and then issue your badge!

Currently Available Courses and their Badges

Here’s a preview of all of our courses and badges:

  • Click on the badge to see the badge details on YourAcclaim
  • Click on the Learn More button to see the course agenda
  • And, if you’re just ready to register, click register now:

SQLskills for the Accidental and Junior DBA
Version: SQL Server 2019
Course begins on September 14, 2020

SQLskills Immersion Event
on Azure SQL Database, Azure VMs,
and Azure Managed Instance

Version: SQL Server 2019
Course begins September 15, 2020

SQLskills Immersion Event on Performance
Tuning and Optimization, Part 1
Version: SQL Server 2019
Course begins on October 5, 2020

SQLskills Immersion Event on Performance
Tuning and Optimization, Part 2
Version: SQL Server 2019
Course begins on October 19, 2020

SQLskills Immersion Event on
Clustering and Availability Groups

Version: SQL Server 2019
Course begins on October 6, 2020

SQLskills Immersion Event on Fixing
Slow Queries, Inefficient Code, and
Caching/Statistics Problems

Version: SQL Server 2019
Available on-demand now!

SQLskills Immersion Event on
Transactions, Locking, Blocking,
Isolation, and Versioning

Version: SQL Server 2019
Available on-demand now!

SQLskills Immersion Event on Solving
Common Performance Problems
with Query Store

Version: SQL Server 2019
Available on-demand now!

SQLskills Immersion Event on
Very Large Tables: Optimizing
Performance and Availability
through Partitioning

Version: SQL Server 2019
Available on-demand now!

SQLskills Immersion Event
on Columnstore Indexes

Version: SQL Server 2019
Available on-demand now!

The Anatomy of our SQLskills Badges

COLOR

If you’re wondering, there is a reason for each of the colors and the stars – for our badges. We certainly know that the lines between –  database developer, database administrator, and database architect – are often quite blurred. An excellent administrator will have skills that cross many boundaries. For database developers to truly design effective SQL Server databases for scale – they need to understand some of the often-unintuitive behaviors in SQL Server. We know! Believe me – WE KNOW!

However, we tried to come up with the color-coding to slightly refer to the discipline for which these courses are most applicable:

  • Blue represents database administration
  • Green represents database development
  • Burgundy represents database architecture

But, for obvious reasons – IEVLT spans both database development and database architecture. The idea for development was more for design / coding. And, IEAzure is put in the architecture bucket because one of the core discussions is about where your data is best serviced. However, IEAzure also spends a lot of time on administration and configuration – which is critical to any instance whether it’s on-premises or in the cloud. 

STARS

The stars are solely there to show the intensity of the course in days. Even though our online courses are spread out over a larger amount of time (so that you’re not out of the office all day, every day, for numerous consecutive days), we still used the original number of “whole days” in which each class was originally delivered in person. Right now, our longest classes are 5 days – so they’ll have 5 stars!

VERSION

To show the latest version covered in your course, we added the SQL Server version to the badge. Each badge will have a version shown and we’re offering badges all the way back to SQL Server 2012 (since that’s still currently supported). For those of you who want to UPDATE your knowledge and receive a more current (SQL Server 2019) badge – email me. We’re currently offering HALF-OFF for students that hold an older badge to UPDATE their knowledge during our 2020 course deliveries (starting in as few as 2 weeks). 

Celebrating 25 Years with 25% OFF!

If you’re NEW to SQLskills and you’d like to increase your SQL Server knowledge… celebrate our 25th anniversary with 25% off by using the discount twentyfive when you register! 

This only applies for new registrations but if you’re already registered, bring a colleague for half-off. Email me to receive the discount code! 

Thanks so much for reading – and for your continued support of SQLskills!
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