Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Are You Ready For the Next Level?

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Advanced Administrator II (1Z0-134)

If technology doesn’t stand still, then you shouldn’t either.

You're an Oracle Certified Associate in Oracle WebLogic Server Administration; you’ve proven your fundamental skills and knowledge on the administrative tasks needed to do the job. Take your certified skills to the next level.

Become an Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator.

According to InfoWorld, ‘In 2015, IT job growth is expected to outpace the overall economy, benefiting those with proven skills.’ Advance your foundational knowledge to the next level of system administration tasks in a complex environment. Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is cloud-ready, more than ever before, new features like Dynamic Clusters and Elastic JMS make it easier to deploy WebLogic Server in a private and public cloud.

Stand out from the rest! Demonstrate that you continue to build on and improve your skills; keeping pace with technology.

Candidates must hold one of the following prior certifications to take this exam:

Recommended Exam Preparation

Give yourself a chance. We bet you’re more ready than you think!

Review the exam topics here.

Register for exam 1Z0-134 at pearsonvue.com/oracle.

Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

Pearson VUE Data Breach – No Impact on Oracle Certification Program

You might have seen the information about the Pearson VUE data breach this week. We want to assure Oracle Certification candidates and the program is not affected. Pearson VUE has confirmed, 'the data breach in no way has an impact or compromise on Oracle content.' For more information, please visit the Pearson VUE website at pearsonvue.com. The press announcement can be found here - http://home.pearsonvue.com/About-Pearson-VUE/Press-Room/2015/Public-Statement-Regarding-Pearson-Credential-Mana.aspx. If we have further information, we will provide you an update on the blog and on Oracle Certification social media pages.

Friday Nov 20, 2015

Is Out of Date Really Out of Luck?

Recently, I had an online conversation with a few Java certified members of one of our LinkedIn groups.  The conversation started because Oracle didn’t distribute the new Digital Badges for certifications on retired or expired version releases.  It was playfully suggested that this was a ‘marketing scam’.  I cringed at first; because it could be perceived as a scam.  But the reality is, outdated certifications don’t hold that much value.

Technology is changing.  The world is different than it was in 2005 and our jobs have evolved to adapt to these changes.  Java has changed.  Java 8 was released on 18 March 2014”   according to Wikipedia.  Before we know it, it will be 2 full years since Java 8 was released!  If you're interested in reading more on the version history of Java, you can find it here.

I Google'd Java Skills in Demand 2015 and wasn’t surprised to see what was returned.  We already know the demand is high for java programming skills.  One of the links though stood out for me.  I really liked what Katie Bouwkamp said in The Most In Demand Programming Languages 2015  “…it’s important to be well-versed in a number of programming languages so you can be versatile and adaptable – and then continue to learn/master languages throughout your career.”

You can make certain you continue to learn and master your skill by keeping your certification current.  If you hold an out-of-date certification (Java SE7, SE6 or older)  upgrade now with one exam to SE8.

  • 1Z0-810 Upgrade to Java SE8 OCP from SE7
  • 1Z0-813 Upgrade to Java SE8 OCP from SE6 and Previous

We believe in the importance of continuing to learn and master.  Do you?

Order before December 31st to receive a 20% discount on your exam.  Learn more at Java20

Friday Nov 13, 2015

Is Higher Pay Worth Getting Oracle Certified?

I recently came across an article that caught my eye  After a long slump, IT certification pay bounces back by Robert Gates.  Pay and certification are two topics that are dear to my heart so I read on.  The article looks into the value of non-certified skills vs. certified skills.  “The value of non-certified skills went up nearly 4% in the past year compared to 10% for certified skills, according to a survey of pay rates for about 200,000 jobs across 2,800 employers by Foote Partners, LLC in Vero Beach, Fla.”

Why is IT Certification value going up?  According to David Foote co-founder and analyst, Foote Partners LLC  “It means the certifications are getting a little more respect. Clearly, the market has a much different view of certified skills versus non-certified skills.” 

Why should this topic be important to you?  Here’s a couple of highlights:

  • "IT certification pay has rebounded after slumping for years, as non-certified skills, such as expertise with operating systems and databases, continue to grow.”
  • "The list of 378 certified skills in Foote's survey remains dominated by large vendors, including Cisco, Cloudera Inc., EMC, Oracle, Red Hat Inc. and VMware.”

What does an Oracle certification provide you with in regards to certified skills?  Oracle is an industry leader.  Whether your skills and experience lie in database or java the market demand is high.  We have training and exams that you can build on. 

  1. Our core certification program structure starts with the Oracle Certified Associate credential that shows you have fundamental skills and a strong foundation. 
  2. The next step is Oracle Certified Professional that builds on this foundation to measure a deeper more specific possession of skill. 
  3. Then we have the Oracle Certified Master certification which validates you demonstrate these skills and can do the required tasks.

Are you ready to have your non-certified skills recognized as certified skills? View the Oracle Database 12c Certification Path or Java SE Certification Path for more information. 


Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

Complete Your Java 5 Certification Before it Retires March 2016

The Java SE 5 and EE 5 exams and credentials listed below retire on March 1, 2016. If you have been planning to earn one of these credentials do it now. A better option may be to consider the more current credential listed in the 'New Versions' column below. 

Schedule your exams well before the retirement date to allow for an exam retake if one is needed. The 14-day retake policy will be enforced. 

Upcoming Retirements

*UPDATE: Java ME exam and certification will also retire on March 1, 2016. There are no replacemetns for this exam and certification.

 

Retiring Exams

Newer Versions of Retiring Exams

1Z0-853 Java SE 5 Programmer Certified Professional

1Z0-808 Java SE 8 Programmer I and
1Z0-809 Java SE 8 Programmer II

1Z0-854 Java SE 5 Programmer Certified Professional Upgrade

1Z0-810 Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer or
1Z0-813 Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions)

1Z0-860 Java EE 5 Business Component Developer Certified Professional

1Z0-895 Java EE 6 Enterprise JavaBeans Developer Certified Expert and
1Z0-898 Java EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer Certified Expert

1Z0-861 Java EE 5 Business Component Developer Certified Professional Upgrade

1Z0-895 Java EE 6 Enterprise JavaBeans Developer Certified Expert and
1Z0-898 Java EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer Certified Expert

1Z0-862 Java EE 5 Web Services Developer Certified Professional

1Z0-897 Java EE 6 Web Services Developer Certified Expert

1Z0-863 Java EE 5 Web Services Developer Certified Professional Upgrade

1Z0-897 Java EE 6 Web Services Developer Certified Expert

1Z0-858 Java EE 5 Web Component Developer Certified Professional

1Z0-899 Java EE 6 Web Component Developer Certified Expert

1Z0-859 Java EE 5 Web Component Developer Certified Professional Upgrade 

1Z0-899 Java EE 6 Web Component Developer Certified Expert

1Z0-864 Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect Certified Master

1Z0-807 Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Certified Master

1Z0-868 Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect Certified Master Upgrade

1Z0-807 Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Certified Master

Retiring Credentials

Newer Versions of Retiring Credentials

Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 5 Programmer

Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer

Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Business Component Developer

Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Enterprise JavaBeans Developer and

Oracle Certified Expert, EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer

Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Services Developer

Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Services Developer

Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Component Developer

Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Component Developer

Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect

Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect

Monday Nov 02, 2015

Expand Your Certification To The Cloud

Oracle Open World for 2015 may have come to a close, but our announcement during this years conference is just the beginning. 

We now have Cloud certification exams that align to the new Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions.

Start with training designed to fit your schedule.  Practice in the safe hands-on lab environment.    Learn how to confidently extend your current skills into the Cloud.  Add a new Oracle Certified Professional credential that proves you have the skills to administer and deploy in the cloud. 

We think that's pretty exciting news.

Read the announcement New Oracle Learning Subscriptions & Cloud Certifications! Releasing Now at Oracle OpenWorld 2015


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