Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

There is Still Time To Take The Discounted Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration Exam (1Z1-105)

Beta testing continues for the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration exam (1Z1-105) at the significantly discounted price of $50 USD. Passing this exam results in the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Linux 6 System Administrator certification.

This certification allows you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. Gain a competitive edge through proven expertise on the only Linux distribution that's fully optimized for Oracle products and for running on Oracle's engineered systems including Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle Database Appliance.

Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-105. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.


Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Free Oracle Learning Streams Access: New Certification Benefit

Get certified and receive 90-days free access to Oracle Learning Streams.

Oracle’s newest learning platform: Oracle Learning Streams provides access to fresh, continuously updated video learning direct from Oracle experts that you can view any time during your 90-days access. Plus benefit from live webinars on the hottest topics and meet with experts for live Q&A and ongoing learning support.

All candidates who earn an Oracle Certification at the Professional, Expert, Master or Specialist levels now receive this new Oracle Certification benefit. 

How to Access your 90-day Free Oracle Learning Streams

Your 90 days begin once you become certified and activate a Learning Stream account. You are required to login to CertView to activate this exclusive offer. Go to Certification Activities > Review My Certification History > Free Streams Access.

Once you activate your trial, you will begin your 90 days of unlimited access to any one of our Learning Streams.

Take advantage of your new benefit today!

Wednesday Oct 08, 2014

Approach Your Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z0-062) Exam With Confidence

Prepare for your Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z0-062) exam using the new "Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Oracle Database 12c: Install and Admin." Oracle Certified Master (OCM) and Oracle University training expert Gwen Lazenby takes you through each of the exam objectives, giving valuable insight on the exam. With over 7 hours of training across 29 videos, focus your preparation on the content you personally need most to pass the exam.

This new Exam Prep Seminar is available standalone. It will soon be available in the Exam Prep Seminar Value Package: Oracle Database 12c: Install and Admin which will include (1) the Seminar, (2) a certification exam voucher, and (3) a Kaplan SelfTest practice test.

The Exam Preparation Seminar includes the following video modules:

  • Course Introduction
  • Exploring the Oracle Database Architecture
  • Oracle Database Instance
  • Configuring the Oracle Network Environment
  • Monitoring and Managing Memory
  • Storage Management
  • Space Management
  • Resumable Space Allocation and Segment Shrinking
  • Managing Undo Data
  • Managing Data Concurrency
  • Privileges
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Storage Management 
  • Backup and Recovery Concepts (Part 1)
  • Configuring Recovery Manager
  • Basics of Using RMAN to Create Backups
  • Performing Recovery
  • Loading and Unloading Data 
  • Managing Resources 
  • Proactive Performance Management
  • Using the SQL Tuning and Access Advisors
  • Automating Tasks with the Scheduler
  • Installing Oracle Database 12c 
  • Upgrading Oracle Database Software
  • Preparing to Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c
  • Upgrading to Oracle Database 12c
  • Performing Post-Upgrade Tasks
  • Migrating Data by Using Oracle Data Pump
  • EM Express and Migration Assistant for Unicode

Accelerate your preparation, make the best use of your preparation time and gain insight into the breadth and depth of the certification exam and your role as a DBA with help from one of Oracle University's top instructors. 


Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

Oracle Certification Program Policy Change: Recertification Requirement

The Oracle Certification Program is implementing a recertification requirement for our Oracle Database Administration credentials. 

Earning an Oracle certification is a great achievement. Staying up to date in the expertise gained and proven by your certification is equally vital.

This new policy requires you as an Oracle Database credential holder to demonstrate your currency with the most recent trends, techniques and best practices in Oracle Database technology.

How does this affect me?

  • If you hold a retired Oracle Database Certification credential that requires recertification, you will be notified via email to the address associated with your CertView account and Pearson VUE profile.
  • Your CertView certification records will reflect that your account requires recertification.
  • You will have 12 months from the notification date to upgrade to a current (not retired) credential.
  • You must take action before the deadline to avoid your Oracle Database credential status changing to INACTIVE.

Oracle maintains a certification program that is committed to you. Requiring recertification for database administrators strengthens the program, which increases the value of your certification(s).

Visit the Oracle Certification Website for more information about this policy update.

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Set The New Java Standard With Java SE 8 OCA Certification - Beta Exam Available Now At Reduced Price

Java SE 8 significantly changes the way you write code. Java SE 8 Certification gives you the tools to make the most of new features. The Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) certification provides a foundational understanding of Java as well as programming in general.

Beta testing is now under way for the new Java SE 8 Programmer I exam (1Z1-808) at the greatly discounted rate of USD$50. Passing this exam results in the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer certification. 

Preparing for this certification exam introduces you to the most significantly updated version of Java yet.  Learn to use lambdas in your day-to-day programming – thus reducing your development time and allowing for greater flexibility in your programming.

While training is not required for this certification, we strongly urge you to complete the recommended training course Java SE 8 Fundamentals. This instructor-led training takes what you learn from reading the materials and teaches you to use the concepts effectively in real-world scenarios. 

Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-808. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.


Friday Sep 26, 2014

Meet Oracle Certification Experts and Oracle Press Java Authors at JavaOne

Stop by the Java Hub to Meet Java Experts daily at the JavaOne conference beginning next week! Oracle Certification Experts and Oracle Press Authors are available for questions on Java Certification and Java related topics. The Java Hub is located in the Exhibition Hall of the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco.

Monday, September 29

  • Tom McGinn; Arun Gupta: 11:30a - 12:30p
  • Eduardo Moranchel Rosales: 12:30p - 1:30p
  • Danny Coward: 1:30p - 2:30p

Tuesday, September 30

  • Harshad Oak; Tom McGinn: 11:30a - 12:30p
  • Jim Manico and Eduardo Moranchel Rosales: 12:30p - 1:30p
  • Peter Fernandez: 1:30p - 2:30p

Wednesday, October 1

  • Maurice Naftalin; Edgar Martinez: 11:30a - 12:30p
  • Hendrik Ebbers and Eduardo Moranchel Rosales: 12:30p - 1:30p
  • Mike Williams: 1:30p - 2:30p

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Join The Discussion On The OCA To OCP Upgrade Paths

Last week we asked author Matthew Morris to give his opinion on the recently released upgrade paths from OCA to OCP certification via beta exams Upgrade Oracle9i/10g OCA to Oracle Database 11g OCP (1Z1-034) and Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP (1Z1-067). 

Read Matthew's thought-provoking take on what he calls 'Extreme Upgrade Paths.'

The discussion did not stop there! Joel Goodman, and Uwe Hesse, both Oracle University Instructors, continued the discussion on their blogs, The Blog from the DBA Classroom, and The Oracle Instructor. Joel offered a slightly different perspective, while Uwe questioned why you wouldn't want to be on the latest version of certification. 

What do you think? Is this a path that you would consider? Why or why not? Join the discussion!

Many thanks to Joel, Uwe, and Matthew for taking the time to share their thoughts!


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