Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

ACTION REQUIRED: Final Reminder to Keep Your Certification Active

Keep your Oracle7.3, Oracle8, Oracle8i and Oracle9i Database credential(s) active by upgrading to a current version of Oracle Database certification by November 1, 2015. 

Oracle Certification announced a new Recertification Policy in November 2014, requiring you to maintain a current version of certification to keep your Oracle Database credentials in an active status. 

This is your final reminder that on November 1, 2015 your current Oracle7 - Oracle9i Database credentials will become inactive. Upgrade to a current version of Oracle Database certification before that date.

Please take action soon if you are in this situation, in order to remain active and maintain access to current Oracle Certification benefits.

We are here to help. Take advantage of discounts on Oracle Database Certification upgrade exams and training packages.

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Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

What's New With Oracle Certification - October 2015

Are you waiting for a new Oracle Certification exam to be released? Interested in beta testing, or waiting for your beta exam score? 

See what’s in beta now, view exams just released into production, get information on current promotions or learn about new certifications below.

Coming Soon

Monday Oct 12, 2015

Save 35% on Your Oracle Database Certification Upgrade

Do you need to upgrade your Oracle Database certification to keep your certifications active? If so, take advantage of a limited-time 35% discount on Oracle Database Certification Upgrade exams.

Qualifying Certification Upgrade Exams Include:

Available Certification Upgrade Paths Include:

Terms and Conditions

  • Oracle Certification 35% Upgrade Exam Discount is available through March 1, 2016 for specified certification upgrade exams.
  • Candidate must purchase the 35% discount voucher from Oracle University.
  • This promotion is available globally including Japan.
  • Qualifying Certification Upgrade Exams include: 1Z0-060, 1Z0-067, 1ZO-034,1Z0-050, 1Z0-055.
  • This offer cannot be combined with other Oracle Certification promotions or discounts.
  • The offer does not apply to vouchers purchased from Oracle or Oracle resellers.
  • Exams must be taken at a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center.
  • This offer is not applicable to exams taken at an Oracle Testing Center.
  • Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

View more information on keeping your certification active.

Friday Oct 09, 2015

Join Oracle Certification to Talk About Exam Upgrades, New Exams, Special Offers, and More

Oracle Certification will be at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, San Francisco.

Here is where you can find us.

Start preparations for your next Oracle Certification exam during the conference. Here is how:

  • Attend a Preconference Session Exam Cram. Register for a Database Exam Cram or Java Exam Cram.
  • Have questions about Practice Exams? Ask Kaplan! A representative will be on-site at Golden Gate University on Sunday, October 25.
  • Take Advantage of an Exclusive Offer. Add a $100 exam voucher to your registration package or purchase at the conference. See details on the Oracle OpenWorld  and JavaOne registration page.

Check back for more updates! We’ll see you soon.

Thursday Oct 08, 2015

Answering Questions About Maximum Availability Certification

Candidates for the new Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Expert or Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Master may have read Matthew Morris's recent article about the value of these certifications. Matthew brought up a couple of good questions around why we created these certifications and their value, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to provide a little more information.

Often a High Availability solution requires knowledge of both Data Guard and RAC and Grid Infrastructure, not to mention solid Oracle Database Administrator skills. The addition of the Maximum Availability distinction is meant as an incentive to candidates with one or the other Expert certification to continue their learning and earn the other. A candidate who has gained the knowledge and skills of both, on top of the skills required of a Database Administrator at the Professional or Master level, is a valuable asset to any team.

This still begs the question "why add another credential title without an additional requirement?" If the candidate holds each of the required certifications and is skilled in each area, why tack on another title? The answer is simple - it's a cleaner way to denote the 3 certifications. A candidate with the 3 required certifications can easily promote himself with a single title, logo, and certification badge that holds all the weight of each individual certification.

With the Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administration | 1Z0-066 and Oracle Database 12c: RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administration | 1Z0-068 exams releasing soon in production, candidates are closer than ever to qualifying for this distinction.

Thursday Oct 01, 2015

Exam Retirement: Program With PL/SQL | 1Z0-147

Are you preparing for the Program with PL/SQL | 1Z0-147 exam? If so, register now.

Register by November 30, 2015 and take the exam by December 31, 2015.

Passing this exam, in combination with passing a SQL exam (Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals | 1Z0-061Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I | 1Z0-051Oracle Database SQL Expert | 1Z0-047) earns you the Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate certification.

Schedule your exam well before the registration end date of November 30, 2015 to allow for an exam retake if one is needed. The 14-day retake policy will be enforced, and if you fail the exam after November 30, 2015, you will not be able to schedule a retake.

Alternatively, consider changing your strategy and prepare for Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL | 1Z0-144, which replaces exam 1Z0-147 in the Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate path. 

Recommendations From Your IT Peers

Your IT certified peers have good ideas about which top certifications to put on your to-do list.

According to Certification Magazine, they asked the survey question, “Which IT certification(s) are you planning to pursue within the next 12 months? Many thousands of those surveyed responded, choosing from the more than 700 IT certs included in the survey."

Here is what you'll want to know, the two certifications in the top 5:

#2 Oracle Certified Professional
#5 Oracle Certified Associate

If you're deciding to pursue certification or upgrade your certification, put Oracle Certification at the top of your to-do list. Read more.

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