Teradata Certification


Advanced Administrator Exam

About the exam

Covers features and functionality of the Advanced SQL Engine through release 16.10.

This exam establishes candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to identify optimal archive and restore strategies, analyze system resource trends to plan for future requirements, identify optimal database and table design, translate logical data model to physical data model, administer and setup Viewpoint, identify and use collected data to isolate and resolve performance issues, identify the benefits of advanced security configurations, use the advanced space management features, create user definitions to meet advanced data access requirements, troubleshoot performance and system issues, design and implement workload management.

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Register for the Vantage Advanced Administrator Exam

To register for the Advanced Administrator Exam, visit home.pearsonvue.com/teradata and select exam: TDBL 3:16.10 Advanced Administrator/Advanced DBA Exam. 

Candidates are able to register and take the Advanced Administrator Exam either in a Pearson Vue test center or remotely, at their home or office. FAQs and additional information on this option are available.

bypass option

Already Certified in Teradata 14?

Candidates who hold Teradata 14 Database Administrator and Master certification holders can bypass the Associate and Administrator Exam to take the next track progression exam—Advanced Administrator.

There is no bypass for the Advanced Administrator Exam

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The Advanced Administrator certification expires after three years, requiring another passing grade on the same exam to remain active. Earning this certification extends the Vantage Associate and Administrator certifications' expiration dates.


A minimum of two to three years hands-on experience with Advanced SQL Engine and applications is recommended.


Successful completion of this exam will earn you a Vantage Certified Advanced Administrator certification with a digital badge.


Successfully passing the Associate and Administrator Exams are prerequisites. Any candidate with a Teradata 14 certification may bypass this exam. Those with a bypassed exam, do not receive the actual certification. Only those taking and passing the certification exam receive that certification.


This exam allows 2 hours and 15 minutes for answering exam questions.


The cost of the Teradata Advanced Administrator Exam is $299. Please visit home.pearsonvue.com/teradata for details. Bulk discount vouchers for 10 or more exams can be purchased through Pearson VUE.

For more details regarding specific exam objectives, download this PDF.


Given a scenario, identify the optimal archive strategy (Backup and Recovery (BAR)) for a database object or system. Given a scenario, identify the optimal restore strategy for a database object or system under failure conditions or unique restoration requirements. Given a scenario, identify appropriate use of DSA. (This includes DSE and DSU)


Given a scenario of increased customer demand, identify major system resource trends and future capacity needs. Given a scenario, analyze system CPU and system I/O data for capacity planning purposes. Given a scenario, analyze AWT usage data for capacity planning purposes. Given a scenario, analyze session data for capacity planning purposes.


Given a scenario, identify the optimal implementation of row and/or column partitioning. Given a scenario, identify optimal ANSI temporal implementation. Given a scenario, identify the proper advanced indexing strategy for a table. Given a scenario, identify the optimal compression strategy (for example: MVC, ALC, BLC, columnar compression, temperature-based compression, and fallback only copy). Identify the technique used for a given layer (for example: modeling techniques per layered framework (acquisition, integration, access). Identify the features and implications of using advanced data types and enhanced table design options (for example: JSON and BSON).


Given a scenario, identify the process that should be used to setup and administer a Viewpoint system (for example: LDAP configuration, Viewpoint (cache) database backup, user definition, roles definition, and alert infrastructure). Given a scenario, identify the process that should be used to setup and administer a monitored system (for example: system definition, data collectors, alert setup, and remote console).


Through scenario-based questioning, candidates should be able to identify: TIWM solution, TASM solution, and how to use Query Banding, throttles, exceptions, and utility workload limits for workload management.


Identify the features, functionality and benefits of secure zones. Identify the features, functionality and benefits of advanced security configurations (for example: TD Wallet, LDAP, Kerberos, SSO, logon rules, IP Filter, etc.).


Identify the features, functionality, and benefits of global space accounting. Identify the purpose of FreeSpace Percent and which utilities benefit from it. Given a scenario, identify the advanced space management utility that should be used.


Given a scenario, identify how to meet specific 3-tier data access requirements. Identify the features and components of account string expansion and where and why it is used. Given a scenario, identify how to protect certain data values from unauthorized access.


Given a scenario, identify the system macro that execute privilege is required to be granted. Given a scenario, identify how to project when requested resources will exceed defined thresholds. Given a performance troubleshooting scenario, identify the likely cause of the problem and how to identify it. Identify the effects on a user session of changing a DBS control parameter. Identify reasons to have a planned system restart. Identify how to monitor an unplanned system restart. Given a scenario, identify the process that can be used to identify and repair a corrupted table. Identify the details that are required to create a QueryGrid Foreign Server. Identify QueryGrid performance considerations. Identify the features, functionality, and benefits of MAPS.


Given a scenario, identify the optimal statistics to collect, implement, and manage (for example: Statistics Manager, Auto statistics jobs [recollect, analyze]). Identify the features, functionality, and benefits of Teradata Intelligent Memory (TIM). Given a scenario, identify the source of the data (for example: XML and XML Lock Table). Given a scenario, identify what ResUsage data is used to isolate the cause of a performance issue. Given a scenario, identify the process, methodology, and tools to troubleshoot a blocking condition. Given a scenario, identify how to analyze and remediate sub-optimal queries. Given a scenario, identify the implications in performance and efficiency when moving tables from one MAP to another. Given a scenario, identify the effects of partition locking. Given a scenario, identify how to implement load isolation.

preparing for your exam

Teradata Certification partners with the Teradata University to provide Teradata courseware and curriculum that relates to each exam.

Please note that these courses are recommended and not required. Taking or passing a course does not guarantee passing of any Teradata Certification exam.

Additional training may need to be taken in order to cover all of the objectives on the exam. You can view course descriptions and schedules, and enroll online.


Available through Teradata Developers Exchange to help you prepare with hands on application.


Visit the Teradata internal Teradata Certification Connections site for more information on recommended Teradata training. You must be logged in to the Teradata network.


The Teradata Certification team has created sample questions to help you prepare for the exam. Access the Advanced Administrator Sample Questions here

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Teradata Certification Options: Option 1: Associate Exam - Administrator Exam - Advanced Administrator exam - Vantage Certified Master Option 2: Associate Exam - Developer Exam - Advanced Developer Exam - Vantage Certified Master Option 3: Associate Exam - System Architect Exam - Vantage Certified Master