Friday Oct 23, 2015

What’s So Great About Your New Digital Badge?

This month in Certification Magazine Matthew Morris wrote “Oracle Certification embraces digital badges”.  Click on the link to read more on his personal experience and views.

Why do we think the new digital badge will be important to you? According to LinkedIn, those with certification receive 6x more LinkedIn profile views.  Add your new digital badge with its easily verifiable summary of skills and we think that's pretty powerful. 

You can display your new digital badge on popular social media sites as you wish. It’s free to you as a benefit of being Oracle certified, it’s pretty painless to begin using, and it eliminates the possibility of any fraudulent certification claims.  If you're not Oracle certified you will not be able to use it.

Did you receive a new digital badge? 

We’d like to hear how your experience has been. Do you think your new digital badge is great?

Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Oracle Certification at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne, San Francisco

Just a few more days until Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne! We want you to make the most of your conference experience, and here is what you can plan for with Oracle Certification while you are here.
  • Preconference Training: It’s not too late to register for a Database Exam Cram or Java Exam Cram on Sunday, October 25th at Golden Gate University. View the session details and register here: Oracle University, or Java University. A Kaplan Selftest representative will be on-site. Ask about practice exams and conference offers.

  • Birds-of-a-Feather Session: Join Simon Roberts, President of Dancing Cloud Services for Java SE 8: Keeping Pace with the Technology on Tuesday, October 27th, 7:00p.m. @ Hilton—Continental Ballroom 4. [BOF10064].

  • 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.

  • Ask Oracle Certification experts about new exams, digital badging, conference offers, and more!
  • Kaplan Selftest will be on-site at the OTN Community Café in the Java Hub, Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th starting at 2:00pm.

  • Ask us about Oracle Press conference offers. Here are a few sample chapters to check out now!

      We will see you at Oracle OpenWorld in the DEMOgrounds Database with Oracle University and JavaOne in the Java Hub in the OTN Community Café.

      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.

      Other Helpful Links:

      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.


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