December 07, 2010

I recently learned from Facebook group, DB2 on Campus, that IBM is starting a new website that's dedicated to helping people get educated and certified in DB2.

DB2 University has just completed beta testing and launched on Dec. 2. Initially, only one free course, called DB2 Essential Training I, is available. These additional courses are expected to be added soon:

  • DB2 Essential Training II
  • DB2 Essential Training III
  • IBM Data Studio Essential training
  • SQL Fundamentals I

Each of these offerings will be delivered as "instructor-led online" (ILO) courses. Instructors will monitor forums and grade assignments and a final exam. Courses are planned for 4-6 weeks, with deadlines for each assignment. Courses may be taken simultaneously. Though some courses do have pre-requisites, they will not be enforced at this point.

DB2 Essential Training I isn't considered an ILO course. The final exam will be worth 100 percent, and it will be more difficult than what was given during the beta testing.

ALL courses will offer "prizes," including:

  • FREE IBM certification vouchers
  • 50-percent discount certification vouchers
  • "Understanding DB2" book (worth $60 U.S.)

Register now at And if you're on Facebook, check out the DB2 on Campus group.