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.

Friday Sep 25, 2015

Do You Have One of the Best Database Certifications for 2015?

11g and 12c skills are in demand.

I just came across this article Best Database Certs for 2015 written by Ed Tiffel and posted January 22, 2015. The article was really interesting to me as Ed presented his data by opportunity; grouping certifications by job role and job postings.

It wasn’t all that surprising to me that Oracle made the list. We are the #1 Database platform. But I was pleasantly surprised to see Oracle Certified Professional listed first in his top 5!

I’m sure you’ve seen already the statistics for job growth, salary increases and overall market demand projected for Oracle DBA’s. This job market is hot. If you need some convincing check out the July blog post by Diana Gray or the May review of recent IT salaries at What’s Happening to Salaries for IT Professionals?

What’s stopping you from getting started, upgrading your certification to a newer version or proving your advanced skills with another credential?

Oracle Certification has something for everyone. See what’s available here

Friday Sep 04, 2015

How Are Your DBA Performance Analysis Skills?

5 Things You Need to Know Now:

  1. This Oracle Certification job market is hot! Check out  What’s Happening to Salaries for IT Professionals?
  2. We’ve released a new 12c Performance Management & Tuning Exam! Add this skill to your Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional arsenal. Demonstrate that you have the skills for Oracle Database performance analysis, management, and tuning for optimal performance in a complex environment.
  3. We are here to help to you! Training is available for performance analysis and tuning tasks.
  4. A quick search on a popular job search website for 'Oracle Database Performance Tuning' resulted in over 39,000 available positions.
  5. You receive access 90 days free access to Oracle Streams for every new OCP, OCE, OCS or OCM certification you earn!

Maximize your DBA skills to get the job!

Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

Imagine You - with Java SE8 Programmer Certification

With Java celebrating its 20th year  there is no doubt  about the world’s commitment to this technology.

Java skills are in demand more than ever and holding a certification definitely gets you noticed in the job market.

If you’re a Java SE7 OCP Programmer and looking to show the world your commitment to Java technology this exam is for you.

The Upgrade to Java SE8 OCP Programmer|1Z0-810 exam allows you 150 minutes to answer the 81 questions and you need a 65% to pass.

Act before December 31st, 2015 to receive a 20% discount on the price of this exam.

 Visit to view discount details

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

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.

Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Essentials Exam to Retire

Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Essentials (exam 1Z0-541) retires on April 29th, 2015.  

A new exam, Oracle WebCenter Portal Essentials (1Z0-430) is available in production and is validated against Release  This new exam is designed to recognize knowledge and implementation experience in the latest features of the Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g product. This exam leads to the Oracle WebCenter Portal Certified Implementation Specialist certification.

During this transition, we recommend that candidates take the new exam 1Z0-430 Oracle WebCenter Portal Essentials in order to stay current with the latest materials. You can get all the exam details on the Oracle Certification Website.

Register for exam 1Z0-430 at Pearson VUE.

Oracle Partners: Please note that as of April 28th, 2015, the 1Z0-541 Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Essentials exam will no longer be available but will continue to qualify as criteria for the Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g Specialization. If you have already achieved certification by taking exam 1Z0-541, you will not need to take the new exam in order to meet the competency criteria for the WebCenter Portal 11g Specialization.

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