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Teradata Certification Guide: Overview and Career Paths

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As with many great companies, Teradata's inception began with a single idea. From discussions between the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Citibank sprung a better way to manage data — lots and lots of data. Those discussions eventually resulted in a completely new database management system built around parallel processing, superior decision support and the harnessing of multiple microprocessors to manage the workload. In 1979, Teradata was born and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Teradata is an established global leader in the realm of big data and analytics, marketing applications and data warehousing with 2015 revenues in excess of $2.5 billion. The company's customers include some of the most recognizable names in the world — Comcast, Ford, 3M, Volvo, Overstock, PayPal, eBay and Discover. Even Habitat for Humanity is on the Teradata bandwagon.

Job Opportunities for Teradata Certified Professionals

Because Teradata solutions are used across most industry sectors, job opportunities are varied and plentiful. A quick perusal through several popular job boards (SimplyHired, Glassdoor and Indeed) revealed a robust supply of job opportunities for Teradata professionals. Common job roles mentioned included data scientist, consultant, technical advisor, data engineer, business intelligence architect, data architect, developer, data modeler, database administrator, services director, performance analyst and campaign systems analyst.

Teradata Certified Professional Program Overview

The Teradata Certified Professional Program (TCPP) offers six Teradata credentials in three separate certification categories — entry-level or "baseline" certifications, certs related to job roles and mastery level certifications for experienced practitioners:

  • Baseline certifications: Baseline certifications include foundation or entry-level certifications and serve as a building blocks for more advanced credentials. Successful candidates demonstrate an understanding of basic Teradata concepts and features, design and implementation principles, and SQL. Teradata currently offers two baseline certifications — the Teradata 14 Certified Professional and Teradata 14 Certified Technical Specialist.
  • Teradata Job Role certifications: Teradata job role certifications (also referred to as "premier" certs) are for experienced practitioners. Qualified candidates are able to perform critical job roles to ensure successful Teradata database operations. There are three premier job roles certs — the Teradata 14 Certified Database Administrator, the Teradata 14 Certified Solutions Developer and the Teradata 14 Certified Enterprise Architect.
  • Teradata Mastery certifications: Teradata Mastery certifications represent the pinnacle of the Teradata certification ladder. A single credential is offered — the Teradata 14 Certified Master. The requirements to obtain the credential are rigorous and reserved for only the most capable and experienced Teradata practitioners.

Higher level certs generally take the lower level ones as prerequisites. Teradata requires that certification candidates take all required exams in sequential order. Exams are administered by Pearson VUE and most cost between $175 and $210. Bridge exams are slightly more expensive, coming in at $260. Training is highly recommended for all Teradata certifications but is not required.

TCPP Certifications

The TCPP maintains a comprehensive certification track designed to ensure Teradata professionals have the latest and greatest information to maintain currency on Teradata features and functionality. The certification portfolio focuses on versions 13.0, 13.10 and 14.0 of the Teradata Database. SLES 11 is included within the scope of current functionality.

Candidates who are already certified on Teradata 12 may be eligible to take a bridge exam to earn the corresponding Teradata 14 credential. As with exams, all upgrades from Teradata 12 must be taken in sequential order. By way of example, those seeking the Teradata 14 Database Administrator credential must first have upgraded their Teradata Technical Specialist credential from Teradata 12 to Teradata 14 before taking the Teradata 14 Database Administrator bridge exam.

Current Teradata 14 credentials include:

  • Teradata 14 Certified Professional: The Certified Professional credential is the first baseline credential in the TCPP professional certification track. A single exam is required (Teradata 14 Basics, TE0-141). Six months of experience is recommended, and candidates should possess strong knowledge of Teradata databases, access and distribution methods, components, features and functionality.
  • Teradata 14 Certified Technical Specialist: The next step of the Teradata certification ladder is the Certified Technical Specialist. To obtain the credential, candidates must possess the Certified Professional credential and pass two additional exams — Teradata 14 SQL (TE0-142) and Teradata 14 Physical Design and Implementation (TE0-143). Candidates seeking this credential should have a minimum of twelve months' experience working with Teradata, SQL and Teradata Database. An understanding of Teradata Database data distributions, usage and access, and implement and design is also required.
  • Teradata 14 Certified Database Administrator: The Certified Database Administrator is the first credential in the Teradata Job Role certification category. Candidates must possess both baseline certifications and pass the Teradata 14 Database Administration (TE0-144) exam to earn the credential. This cert is for experienced Teradata Database administrators (a minimum of 18 months is recommended). Skills validated include system software setup, security and user management, session management, loading and extracting utilities, use of common system administration tools, workload analysis and management, performance optimization, capacity planning and management, business continuity, and object maintenance.
  • Teradata 14 Certified Solutions Developer: As with the Certified Database Administrator, the Certified Solutions Developer requires both baseline certifications as a prerequisite. (Candidates do not need to possess the Certified Database Administrator to earn this credential.) In addition, candidates must pass the Teradata 14 Solutions Development (TE0-145) exam. Skilled in Teradata design and optimization, successful candidates should have at least 18 months of real-world experience designing and maintaining Teradata Database solutions.
  • Teradata 14 Certified Enterprise Architect: The Certified Enterprise Architect is the last cert in the Teradata Job Role category. This credential is reserved for senior-level Teradata professionals who possess at least three years of Teradata design and implementation experience. Candidates must pass the Certified Enterprise Architecture (TE0-146) exam, and possess both baseline certs as well as the Certified Solution Developer credential to sit for the Enterprise Architecture exam. The Architect exam covers space management, system planning, optimization, data integration, protection and governance, strategies for information delivery, and other general concepts related to Teradata designs and implementation.
  • Teradata 14 Certified Master: The pinnacle of the TCPP certification ladder (and the most difficult to obtain) is the Certified Master. Successful candidates must possess all five lower-level Teradata certifications plus five or more years of Teradata experience. In addition, candidates are also required to complete a rigorous Comprehensive Mastery (TE0-147) exam. Certified Masters are able to serve as technical advisors and subject matter experts, as well as manage, implement and design enterprise level Teradata solutions.

Visit the Teradata 14 Quick Reference Guide for more information on the Teradata certification program.

Teradata Aster Certified Professional Program — Coming Soon

Teradata Aster professionals will be pleased to know that the TCPP plans to launch the Teradata Aster Certified Professional Program in August 2016. The initial Aster Certified Professional Program offering will consist of a single certification – the Teradata Aster Professional 6.10 Certification. Candidates will be required to pass one exam (Teradata Aster Basics 6.10, TAA-BSC6.1). This credential will validate a candidate's skill and knowledge of Teradata Aster concepts, and cover how to apply Aster analytics to a given scenario, Aster architecture, business values of various analytical functions, relational databases and SQL-MR concepts. Teradata is currently evaluating the results of the beta phase of this certification program, so interested candidates should check back frequently for program updates and its planned release date.

Teradata Certification Training and Resources

Teradata offers a comprehensive training program and maintains a list of recommended resources for all certification candidates. To find out what's recommended and available, candidates need only visit the individual exam web page. There, candidates will find a list of recommended courses, exam objectives, practice guides, information on software downloads, and other references, documentation and resources designed to prepare candidates to pass the chosen certification exam.  Teradata also offers free practice questions as well as interactive study apps so you can study on the go

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