Advanced Developer Exam

About the exam

Covers the features and functionality of the Advanced SQL Engine through release 16.20.

This exam establishes that the 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. FAQs related to this exam and certification can be found here.


To register for the Advanced Developer Exam

To register for the  Advanced Developer  Exam, visit and select exam: TDBL 5:16.20 Advanced Developer Exam. 

Candidates are able to register and take the Advanced Developer 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 options 

Already Certified in Teradata 14?

Candidates who hold Teradata 14 Technical Specialist, Solutions Developer, Enterprise Architect, Database Administrator, and Master certifications can bypass the Associate and Developer Exam to take the next track progression exam—Advanced Developer.
There is no bypass for the Advanced Developer Exam.

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It is recommended that candidates have 2-3 years of Advanced SQL Engine experience.


Successful completion of this exam will earn you a Vantage Advanced Developer Certification with a digital badge once all other certification requirements are met.


Passing the Associate and Developer Exams are prerequisites for testing when the Advanced Developer exam. All requirements must be met for a certification to be awarded.


The cost of the Teradata Advanced Developer Exam is $299. Please visit for details. Bulk discount vouchers for 10 or more exams can be purchased through Pearson Vue.


Advanced Developer certification expires after three years. Pass the same exam to maintain this certification. Earning this certification extends the Vantage Associate and Developer certification expiration dates.


This exam allows 2 hours and 20 minutes for answering exam questions.

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

solution development process and considerations - 19%

Teradata's solution development process and considerations including types and purposes of indexes, partitioning strategies, logical and physical database design, roles, profiles, and privileges, and statistics.

transaction processing and lock management - 10%

Teradata's transaction processing and lock management including types of locking and lock levels, implications of using different transaction modes, differences between transaction, request, and statement, and impact of session characteristics on requests. 


Access layer and data delivery strategies.


Data integration strategies including MLOADX, optimal load strategies, and data integration into temporal and columnar tables.


Solution optimization including the tuning process including improving an existing application, designing and populating effective performance testing environments, MAPS, and identifying performance tuning considerations.


Advanced SQL concepts including syntax, usage, and characteristics of macros, stored procedures, permanent tables, table level attributes, CREATE TABLE AS, Referential Integrity, indexes, views, triggers,  temporary tables, regular expressions, functions, usage and characteristics of column level attributes, data types, constraints, joins, subqueries, syntax usage and characteristics of ALTER TABLE, SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and MERGE statements.

preparing for your exam

  • The 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.

Sample questions

The Teradata Certification team has created sample questions to help you prepare for the exam. Access the Advanced Developer 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