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, Dice.com, 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 pearsonvue.com/oracle 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, www.amr-gawish.com, 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!

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Which Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Exam is Right for You?

With so many Oracle Database upgrade options available, you may be unsure which exam is right for you. Review this easy-to-use guide to help you determine which exam is best to help you upgrade your Oracle Database Administrator certification to Oracle Database 12c.

To make it simple, there are only two exams from which to choose.

Choose Exam

Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c |1Z0-060


Choose Exam

Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA or OCP to Oracle Database 12c OCP | 1Z0-067


  • You hold an Oracle Database Administrator Certified PROFESSIONAL certification on any version: Oracle7.3, Oracle8, Oracle8i, Oracle9i, Oracle Database 10g or Oracle Database 11g.
  • You hold an Oracle Database Administrator ASSOCIATE certification on any version: Oracle9i, Oracle Database 10g or Oracle Database 11g.

Thursday May 07, 2015

Are You Ready for The Future of Oracle Database?

Oracle Database is now in the cloud. Make sure your skills are ready.

Take a streamlined path to a current credential now.

Build on your foundation as an Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Database Administrator with a credential that demonstrates more advanced skills by becoming an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP).

With multitenant architecture and cloud computing, managing and administrating an Oracle Database 12c is easier and more automated than ever. Don't get left behind. There are two upgrade paths available; Oracle Database 11g or 12c Administrator Certified Professional. Each path is outlined below with the requirements.

Displaying an OCP logo is the highway to the next step in your career.

Upgrade to 11g DBA OCP

Upgrade from Oracle9i Database or Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate (9i or 10g DBA OCA) to Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional (11g DBA OCP) :
  1. Complete one of the Step 2 courses listed under "View Upgrade Path - Oracle Database 11g Administrator OCP - upgrade from Oracle9i or Oracle Database 10g DBA OCA."
  2. Pass Exam "Upgrade Oracle9i/10g OCA or OCP to Oracle Database 11g OCP" (1Z0-034).

Upgrade to 12c DBA OCP

Upgrade from Oracle9i Database, Oracle Database 10g or 11g Administrator Certified Associate (9i, 10g or 11g DBA OCA) to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional (12c DBA OCP)

  1. Complete one of the Step 2 courses listed under "View Upgrade Path - Oracle Database 12c Administrator OCP - upgrade from Oracle9i, Oracle Database 10g or 11g DBA OCA."
  2. Pass Exam "Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA or OCP to Oracle Database 12c OCP" (1Z0-067).

Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z0-034 or exam 1Z0-067. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website at the links below under the Quick Links section.


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