Despite the seeming complexity of DB2 in these times, there are books out there that are very easy to read and that serve as great guide books for on-the-job references or study guides for exam preparation that will get you certified on your first try.

Whether you are a professional intending to brush up on newer versions of the database, or you are studying for a certification exam, make the best investment by purchasing any of the following books in this list of the top 8 DB2 certification books for database administrators.

Top 8 DB2 Certification Books for Database Administrators

DB2 9 Fundamentals Certification Study Guide1. DB2 9 Fundamentals: Certification Study Guide by Roger E. Sanders

This DB2 certification book follows the author’s winning history of writing solid DB2 books. This particular book is easy to read and extremely informative. You learn plenty of information, and you will soon find yourself reading the whole book from cover to cover, several times. There are also tests included, which are a great resource.


DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows2. DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows: DBA Guide, Reference, and Exam Prep (6th Edition) by George Baklarz and Paul C. Zikopoulos

This book features all the information required to complete the certification exam. It contains information that are especially useful for beginners. An excellent resource, this comprehensive DB2 certification book is written in an easy language, with plenty of examples and pictures to ensure you are all set to go.


DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration3. DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Roger E. Sanders

This is the best DB2 certification book for Exam 731 preparation. There are sample questions at the end of every chapter, including a 150-question set at the end of the textbook for practice, going through all the main concepts, with answers too! It covers all the topics you will need to face in the exam


DB2 9 for zOS Database Administration4. DB2 9 for z/OS Database Administration: Certification Study Guide by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich

Even as you start to go through this DB2 certification book, you are able to tell that it’ s a great resource. Authored by Susan Lawson and Daniel Luksetich, of course it’s brilliant! Very well-structured, it covers all the major topics, providing the most significant key information. Despite the complexity of DB2 these days, this one is very easy to read.


DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification5. DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Advanced Database Administration Certification: Certification Study Guide by Roger E. Sanders and Dwaine R Snow

It’s not surprising that this particular DB2 certification book is extremely informative and well-written, considering its two admirable authors, Roger Sanders and Dwaine Snow, considered “the DB2 author” and “expert to the experts”.  It is also a great guide book for on-the-job references.


DB2 Fundamentals Certification for Dummies6. DB2 Fundamentals Certification for Dummies by Paul C. Zikopoulos, Jennifer Gibbs and Roman B. Melnyk

the author has extracted all the goodies from the exam and put it into this brief book.

This DB2 certification book is an excellent study guide to DB2 on the windows platform. The first half of the book’s content is geared towards the beginner, and it tries to introduce the reader to DB2 gently. Excellent for exams 512 and 513, this book also comes with a CD that contains hundreds of practice questions helpful for passing your exam 700 easily.


DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration7. DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration: Certification Study Notes by Roger E. Sanders

If you plan on pursuing the 541 exam and require precise study material try this DB2 certification book. At a reasonable price, this book offers a precise guide in helping you prepare for the 541 certification exam. It is the only 541-specific material in the market, and Mr. Sanders does an excellent job of preparing you for the exam.


DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade8. DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Database Administration Upgrade: Certification Study Guide by Roger E. Sanders

Very well-written, this DB2 certification book covers material for the new version of the database. After reading this study guide, you will conclude that it is a win in preparing for the test! The questions at the end of each chapter are also excellent and very helpful.


These DB2 books serve as valuable gems for database administrators who need an on-the-job reference or who are doing precious study time and need precise study materials that will do the job. Which particular DB2 certification book have you found helpful? Leave me a comment below and let me know.