Jim McLeod is a DBA, and a good friend of mine. And today, he is due congratulations, because he passed the exam 70-444 – Optimizing and Maintaining a DB Admin Solution in SQL 2005. Now he only needs to do the Infrastructure Design exam (70-443) to become MCITP:DBA.
Did he take one of the courses I teach, that Microsoft recommends to do before trying the exam? No.
Did he spend hours in study, looking for those small things that he would need? No.
Did he download one of those illegal copies of the exam? No, of course not. That would be cheating, and Jim's not like that.
So how did he pass? Easy. He's a DBA by trade, and good at his job, too! So he just booked in, sat the exam, and passed it easily. The certification wasn't trying to trip him up with tricky questions, it was just trying to find out if he really does have DBA skills. Jim does, so he passed!
Congratulations again, mate.