Since I volunteer to proctor exams to employees of the Toronto Lab, I quite often get questions about how to get certified. At this point the most common question is whether people who have not received any DB2 certifications, where should they start? Here is the path I recommend.
If you are using DB2 V8, start there. The exams are experienced-based, so you'll likely have an easier time preparing for the exam since you are using that level of product. The V8 exams are: 700, 701, 702, 703, 704, and 706
If you are using DB2 V9 and have little experience with previous releases, stay with the V9 path. The V9 exams are: 730, 731, 732, 733, 734, and 736
Exam 700 and 730 are equivalent in that they are fundamentals exams for their respective version and they are valid prerequisites for EITHER the V8 or V9 exams. But at least one of these must be taken.
If you want to be certified on BOTH V8 and V9, start with Exam 700 and follow the V8 path. Then all you need to do is to take the upgrade exam, 736 to upgrade to a DB29 DBA certification.
Exam 706 and 736 are upgrade exams. Exam 706 allows those certified as a DBA on DB2 V7 to upgrade with a shorter test. Exam 736 can only be taken by people who already have their V8 DBA cert. So you will not take this exam unless you wanted to get certified on both versions.
As for study materials, both versions have free tutorials. Book availability is a more difficult issue. The V8 certification guides were published by Pearson Education, and most of them are now out of print. Long story as to why they are out of print, but I'm trying to find a workaround. So if you are trying to buy a book and find that it isn't on amazon, you'll need to look for a used copy. If you have V8 books that you no longer need, consider passing them on to those who may need them.
Only one of the V9 study guides has published so far... the one for Exam 730. More are coming, but you'll have to wait till fall.
If you weren't able to follow all these exam numbers, you can find roadmaps and legends on www.ibm.com/certify. For all book information, see www.ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/.
As always, feel free to contact me if you need further information.
I've pretty much caught up with my work after a two week vacation to Tuscany, so hopefully I'll be able to post regularly again.