I'm not sure how many people from the z/OS platform will read this BLOG, but since this is one of the many products I support in terms of skills, I'll add it here. I still find our z/OS certification program to be a well kept secret, so if you know people who support this platform, do them a favour and tell them about it!
To get certified as a Database Administrator for DB2 on z/OS, you must pass two exams:
Exam 700 DB2 V8.1 Family Fundamentals, and
Exam 702 DB2 V8.1 for z/OS Database Administration.
To prepare for Exam 700, you have a choice of several books, but I'd recommend one of the two:
The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS: covers DB2 Universal Database Version 8.1 for z/OS
by Susan Sloan
DB2 UDB V8.1 Certification Test 700 Study Guide
by Roger Sanders
If you have already passed the DB2 V7 Family Fundamentals, Exam 512, then you do NOT need to retake Exam 700. These exams are considered equivalent. Of course, you may take the V8 exam if you want to ensure that you understand all the Version 8 features.
Besides the books, the following tutorials are available to prepare for Exam 700:
DB2 UDB V8 Family Fundamentals Preparation
This series of six tutorials is designed to help you prepare for the DB2 Version 8 Family Fundamentals Exam 700 to attain the certification, IBM Certified Database Associate DB2 Universal Database V8.1 Family. You can link to all the free tutorials from http://www.ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html#2.
In my experience, many z/OS people are not very fond of Exam 700 since it includes some questions that are true for all platforms that look to be specific for the Linux, UNIX or Windows platforms. It is also my observation that people trained on z/OS do VERY well on this exam. The exam covers SQL, Security, and Concurrency, so pretty basic material.
To prepare for Exam 702, the book that is recommended is:
DB2 Universal Database for z/OS V8.1 DBA Certification Guide
by Susan Lawson
There are several other books that are available for the z/OS platform, but I'll discuss those in another post.
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