Wednesday Jun 17, 2015

Perfect Career Advice for a DBA or Developer

I recently read a great article By Matthew Morris in GoCertify “More than Just Database: A Beginner's Guide to Oracle Certification “that I couldn’t help but share.

Matthew brings up some great points in his article:

  • Salary!  Oracle DBAs and developers get paid more according to job openings he’s seen.
  • How to Get Noticed with Zero Work Experience.  An Oracle database certification can open doors for landing your first developer or DBA job.
  • Explanation of Certification levels in an easy to consume fashion.  Let’s face it with so many options it’s hard to know where to start.
  • Matching Certification to Your Career and Interests.  The benefit of having so many options with exams and levels is that there really is something for us all, no matter where you are on your career path.

There's lots of exciting things happening in Oracle University with new training offerings, formats and exams.

Have you seen our announcement for Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions - Database Cloud Complete Edition? This subscription will help you learn about your Oracle Database Cloud service and how to use it so that you can gain the necessary skills to successfully administer your cloud databases as you transition to the Cloud. 

Or if you just need help knowing where to begin - we can help with finding the right exam for you, how to prepare and register.  Get started by clicking here

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

What Does Recertification Mean For Me?

By Brandye Barrington

Are you affected by Oracle Certification's Recertification Policy? If so, what should you do?

Who is affected?

  • Candidates who hold an Oracle Database certification no later than Oracle9i Database
  • Candidates who hold an Oracle Database certification no later than Oracle Database 10g

Required Action:

  • Oracle9i Database certified candidates: Upgrade to Oracle Database 10g, 11g, or 12c by November 1, 2015.
  • Oracle Database 10g certified candidates: Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g or 12c by March 1, 2016.

Learn More:

Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Advance Your Java Skill Set With Java SE 8

Why be Certified in Java SE 8?
  • Skills are in demand.
    • Employers want Java skills more than anything else - “According to IT Job Site,, Java development was the most sought-after software-building skill by employers in the first quarter of 2014.”
  • Prove your programming fluency with Java SE 8.
    • 7%: Salary growth for Oracle Certified Professionals in 2015 - According to the Certification Magazine 2015 Annual Salary Survey.
  • Java SE 8 has changed significantly.
    • Reduced development time by using lambdas programming. - In the technical keynote address for JavaOne 2013, Mark Reinhold, chief architect for the Java Platform Group at Oracle, described lambda expressions as the single largest upgrade to the Java programming model ever.

Choose to move ahead of the rest and register for the Java SE 8 Programmer II (1Z1-809) beta exam today! There is a limited time opportunity to earn this certification at a reduced price. Act now!

Visit and register for beta exam 1Z1-809. Receive all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.


Friday Jun 05, 2015

Professional Highlight: Amr Gawash, Oracle Certified Professional. Java SE 7 Programmer

Oracle Certification recently caught up with Amr Gawish, Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer to find out how Java Certification has enhanced his career. 

Why did you choose to pursue Java Certification?

I work in a company that encourages employees to pursue and achieve their dreams. One of my personal dreams was to be certified in Java. Even though I had been working with Java for more than five years, I never had time to take the Java Certification exam. After my company encouraged me, I started to prepare myself to get the Java certification, and I did.

How has Java Certification changed your career?

My career changed the moment I stepped out of the exam. I realized how powerful a certification can be, how the community appreciated my contribution more, and of course how it made a difference to people looking at my resume. I also noticed how it increased my self esteem. Holding a Java certification also increased my sense of responsibility toward the Java community. I've started to become more active in Oracle forums and other QA websites. I contribute more to the community now and I also engage with local Java groups in my city.

What is one of the most important benefits of gaining a Java Certification?

I believe the most important benefit of earning a Java certification is the networking and community benefits you get when you are a certified in Java. Being certified has helped me get closer to, and make a positive impact on the Java community. Networking with other members of the community has become much easier and my engagement and responsibility towards the community have also been boosted.

Amr Gawish is passionate about technology and always tries to push the limits of the technologies he uses.

Amr completed his Bachelor's degree in Math and Computer Sciences from Al-Azhar University in Egypt and is currently pursuing his Master's degree at the University of Liverpool. He is employed as an Oracle Fusion Middleware consultant and is certified in Java SE 7, Oracle ADF, WebCenter Portal, and Oracle SOA Suite. 

Having more than six years experience in these products as well as the full Oracle Middleware stack, Amr has also gained experience in various other topics such as Gamification, Scala programming, and Akka. He is working on microcontroller programming with Raspberry Pi and Arduino and robotics.

You can learn more about him by visiting his website,, or follow him on Twitter (@agawish) or read his book (Oracle ADF Faces cookbook).

Thursday Jun 04, 2015

Can Oracle Certification Really Affect Your Paycheck?

Salaries for Oracle Certified Professionals (OCP) grew 7% last year according to the 2015 Annual Salary Survey recently released by Certification Magazine.

All 4 Oracle certifications levels made the Most Popular list of 75.

Here's how Oracle certifications ranked in the annual survey of over 700 certifications by average total salary:

  • #44 Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
  • #58 Oracle Certified Expert (OCE)
  • #63 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA)
  • #67 Oracle Certified Specialist (OCS)

Whether you are just starting out or trying to change your current role -  earning a certification demonstrates you have what it takes to get the job done.  Being recognized for having the needed skills can be a challenge.  Competition is fierce and IT is hot now.  Oracle offers training and certification that grows along with you and your skills. What’s stopping you? Are you ready to start building a better future? 

We can help you find the path that fits your skills, experience and career goals.  Find out more here

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Save on Your Oracle Database Certification Upgrade - Discounts Available!

Save a total of 35% on training and certification exams now through March 1, 2016!

Purchase one of our Certification Upgrade Discount Packages to take advantage of this special promotion.

This special offer includes:

  • The training you need.
  • Tools for exam preparation.
  • Exam voucher.

Why should you upgrade?

  • To demonstrate your commitment to keeping your skills current with the the latest technology.
  • To make informed decisions and recommendations regarding your database and whether to upgrade to the newest version.
  • To maintain your certification benefits and stay active in the program. See Oracle's new Recertification Policy for more information.

Upgrade to Oracle Database 11g

Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c

This offer is only available through an Oracle University Representative, and only available on upgrade packages listed in this email. Discounted upgrade packages include the standard 20% package discount + an additional 15% special offer.

Thursday May 21, 2015

Will You Be Somewhere Exciting in October?

Plan now to be in San Francisco October 25-29, 2015. Registration has already opened for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne.

Wear Your Flair

Remember to mark you're Oracle Certified in the registration path. You’ll receive your Oracle certification ribbon at the conference in your registration packet.

Before you pack, visit the Oracle Certification store for shirts, bags, pens, caps, and journals.

  • Access the Oracle Certification store through CertView.
  • The access code provided in CertView is required to enter the store.

Check back often, this year promises to be filled with exciting sessions and activities. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Find more information on Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!


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