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 11.1.1.8 Essentials (1Z0-430) is available in production and is validated against Release 11.1.1.8.  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 11.1.1.8 Certified Implementation Specialist certification.

During this transition, we recommend that candidates take the new exam 1Z0-430 Oracle WebCenter Portal 11.1.1.8 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.

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Oracle Database 12c Upgrade: Answering Your Questions

Oracle Certification recently sponsored a free webinar with master instructor Gwen Lazenby on upgrading your Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification to Oracle Database 12c. A number of very good questions came up during this webinar that we'd like to address.


UPGRADE PATH

How can Oracle justify allowing people to upgrade to the 12c certification from versions prior to 11g via the same path, with a single exam? And doesn't this upgrade path diminish the value of the certification or discriminate against candidates who have worked hard to maintain certification through all prior versions?

We are always striving to not only design our certifications for technical accuracy and focus on real-world skills and knowledge, but we also continue seeking ways to make earning them as easy as possible for you. We now have a new way for candidates to 'jump' versions to 12c with a single exam. If you have upgraded in the past, you were also earning those prior version certifications (i.e. DBA OCP 10g, DBA OCP 11g, DBA OCP 12c), whereas the single exam upgrade option only awards the 12c credential (i.e. does NOT also earn the previous-version credentials).

What is the process to upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional from a version earlier than 11g? Do I have to upgrade to 10g or 11g first and then upgrade to 12c?

This is a single exam upgrade path. If 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 can upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional by passing a single exam - Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c (1Z0-060).

Is training required to upgrade?

If you hold an Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification, training is not required to upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional. Simply pass the exam Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c (1Z0-060). You have already met the prior certification requirement with your current Oracle Database Admin Certified Professional credential.

Can you still upgrade to versions other than 12c? For example, can we upgrade from 9i to 10g, or from 8i to 9i?

For now, you can still upgrade to any version for which there is still an upgrade path. For example, 7.3, 8 and 8i certified professionals can still upgrade to Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Professional. Oracle 9i Database and Oracle Database 10g Certified Professionals can still upgrade to Oracle Database 11g. The 12c upgrade path simply streamlines the upgrade process for candidates certified on very old versions of the Oracle Database.


WEBINAR

I missed the Oracle Database 12c Upgrade webinar, or missed parts of it. Will it be made available for replay?

The Oracle Database 12c Upgrade webinar with Gwen Lanzenby that was originally held on March 17, 2014 is now available for replay.

EXAM DETAILS

When I did 11g OCP, if I remember correctly I didn't encounter RealApplicationTesting and VLDB...There is a whole guide for VLDB. Do I need to revisit all of those?

You can see the list of exam topics on the Oracle Certification website. This is the best source for what is covered on the exam.

If I fail one section of the exam, will I need to take the whole exam again, or can I just retake the failed section?

Though there are 2 sections to pass, the exam is a single entity. You will either pass the exam or not. If you fail the exam, you will need to retake the entire exam.

Will I need to pay full price for my 2nd exam attempt should I fail the first attempt?

Each exam attempt costs the same.

If I fail the exam, how soon can I retake it?

Candidates must wait 14 days to retake a failed exam. You can view the full retake policy on the Oracle Certification website.

Are the questions multiple choice?

Exam questions on this exam are multiple choice.

Are there questions with multiple answers?

Answers to the multiple choice questions may take the form of 'choose one,' 'choose two,' 'choose all that apply,' or some other form of single or multiple answers.

Are there unscored questions on the Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c exam 1Z0-060?

It is a typical practice to include unscored items in a production exam. Including unscored items allows us to test new items without sending an exam back through a beta process. With this process we can seamlessly revise and update our exams without an inconvenience to candidates.

Are the Key DBA Skills version-specific, or would they be the same across versions?

The goal is to test skills that are relevant regardless of database version but we can't guarantee that all questions/answers in that section are version-agnostic; candidates should be prepared to demonstrate their key DBA skills in the context of the 12c product.

Are the Key DBA Skills topics on the 1Z0-060 exam covered in the New Features training?

Key DBA Skills are not covered in the New Features training, but they are covered in the Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c for exam 1Z0-060.


PREPARATION

Will there be a practice test available for this upgrade exam?

Kaplan SelfTest has released an Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator 1Z0-060 practice test

What other preparation materials are available?

There is a very good blog post that has been released by the Oracle Certification team on upgrading to Oracle Database 12c.

What is the difference between SelfTest Software and Transcender?

The Oracle Authorized practice exams from Kaplan IT Learning (Kaplan SelfTest and Transcender) are variants of the same product and exam candidates should purchase only one. The products share some of the same content but are targeted toward different segments of Oracle certification candidates.

Transcender practice exams are meant to cover all the information a candidate needs to know to become certified. There are more practice questions and the Transcender test engine offers multiple preset exams that prepare the candidate for the live exam.

Kaplan SelfTest practice exams have the same quality content, but contain fewer practice questions and offer one certification-mode practice test. This is because not everyone who aspires to Oracle certification is new to the technology and experienced technologists may wish to review only specific topics in preparation for the exam.

What books are available to prepare?

Oracle Press does have an OCP Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Exam Guide (Exam 1Z0-060).  You can also get book recommendations on our Oracle Certification Forum


TRAINING

Are there any free training courses?

There are no free Oracle University training courses to prepare for this exam.

Do you have to pay for an Oracle class or can you just study on your own?

Since training is not required for this certification upgrade, you can study on your own without attending a class. However, the Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators course would be very beneficial in helping to prepare for this exam.

How can I search existing courses by location?

You can find training locations on the Oracle University website.

Does self study material cover both exam sections?

There are self-study resources that will cover both exam sections. The Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators course is available as Training On Demand (TOD) or as a Self-Study Course (SSC). This New Features course covers only the new features section of the exam. The Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c (1Z0-060) covers the key database topics for this exam.


EXAM FEES AND DISCOUNTS

How much is the upgrade exam?

You can find the cost of the exam in your region by accessing the exam page.

Do you have any discounts available for exam fee only?

There are several ways that candidates can get discounts on exams:

Certification Value Packages - If you are planning to take an Oracle University course as part of a certification path that contains a training requirement, a Certification Value Package may be a good option. The value package includes the course fee, a certification exam voucher and exam preparation material such as practice test or exam prep seminar where these items are available. When purchased in a package, candidates can receive up to 20% off these items.

Exam Prep Value Packages - A valuable asset to helping you prepare for your certification exam, exam prep value packages include the exam prep seminar, a certification exam voucher and exam preparation material such as practice test or exam prep seminar where these items are available. When purchased in a package, candidates can receive up to 20% off these items. 

Workforce Development Program (WDP) - which allows education institutions to deliver Oracle training as part of certificate and non-degree programs offered via Continuing Education. 

Oracle Academy Program - is a program specifically for students seeking a career in Oracle technologies. This program is designed to be offered through high schools, as well as technical and vocational schools.

Are there any discounts for OPN members for the 12c upgrade exam?

Please check with your program coordinator in your company. 

What's the reason for the price increase for the testing?  Earlier it's $150 and now it shows $245?

Earlier in 2013, Oracle went through a process to align all Oracle Certifcation exam prices at $245. Some exam prices went up a litte and some came down. Oracle exam prices are competitive with industry standards.


TESTING

Where can I take the Oracle Certification exams?

You can register for and take Oracle Certification exams at pearsonvue.com/oracle.


ORACLE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Where can I get more Oracle Certification-related information?

certification.oracle.com

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Reminder - eCertificates Now Available For Oracle Certifications

We receive questions every day from candidates wanting to know where their certificates are. For these candidates, we have good news! You may remember that in October 2013, we announced that all certified individuals now have access to their certificates via CertView. As a candidate, you can now download and print your Certificate and begin displaying your earned credential right away.

You may also request a printed copy of your certificate using the process outlined in your eCertificate notification email. Printed copies may be requested once per certification earned and will be sent via standard mail.  Allow up to 8 weeks for the printed certificate to arrive by mail.

View the full blog post that was previously released. This post contains a few questions and answers that may be helpful.

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

FAQ: Why Can't I Authenticate My CertView Account?

We sometimes receive questions from some of you who have trouble authenticating your CertView accounts. You have entered what you believe to be the correct information and after 3 failed attempts, you are "locked out" of your account. Are you sure you are entering the correct information?

Some of the most common reasons we see for failed authentication are:
  • You entered the exam number instead of your personal Oracle Testing ID (this is the most common reason for authentication failure). Exam number = 1Z0-###; Oracle Testing ID is similar to OC#######. The Oracle Testing ID is the number that you need to enter.
  • You entered the Oracle Testing ID with spaces (this is another common reason for authentication failure). There are no spaces in the Oracle Testing ID - OC#######.
  • You entered an email address or name that is different from the name and email address in your Pearson VUE profile. Sign in to your Pearson VUE web account to obtain the correct information.
  • You have not yet created a Pearson VUE web account. Go to the Pearson VUE website to create your web account.
  • You created or updated your Pearson VUE web account fewer than 60 minutes ago. Allow one hour after you create or update your Pearson VUE web account to authenticate your CertView account.
If you have not yet authenticated your CertView account, watch this video to ensure you avoid the common mistakes.

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Update Your Acme Packet Network Engineer Certification to Oracle

The Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Certified Implementation Specialist certification is now available by passing exam Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Implementation Essentials (1Z0-400) that was released November 1, 2013. This exam and certification replace the Acme Packet Certified Professional Network Engineers (ACP-N) exam and certification. 

IF YOU HAVE A CURRENT CERTIFICATION
If you are an Acme Packet Certified Professional Network Engineer (ACP-N), your certification history is now available via Oracle Certification’s candidate self-service portal CertView. Access your CertView account by following the steps provided in an upcoming email from Oracle Certification.

IF YOU HAVE AN EXPIRED CERTIFICATION
If you have an expired Acme Packet Certified Professional Network Engineer (ACP-N) certification, update your certification today by passing the new Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Implementation Essentials (1Z0-400) exam. Follow the steps provided in an upcoming email from Oracle Certification, to create a Person VUE web account and register for your exam.

If you hold a current or expired ACP-N and do not receive the referenced email by December 7, contact Oracle Certification Support for next steps. 

If you are pursuing the Acme Packet Certified Professional Network Engineers (ACP-N) certification, you will now register for exam 1Z0-400 at Pearson VUE. You will take this exam at a testing center.

QUESTIONS
Will Partners still receive exams for free under the Oracle Certification Program?
Your Oracle Partner Agreement governs the exam and payment terms. Refer to your Partner Agreement.

Will employees still receive the Acme Packet exams for free under the Oracle Certification Program?
Go to Oracle's internal certification web pages for more information on Oracle Certification for employees.

Do I need a keycode to take the exams?
You will no longer need a keycode to take the exams. Exams are now delivered at Pearson VUE and Oracle Testing Centers (OTC). OTCs are not available in all regions. 

How much are the certification exams under the Oracle Certification Program?
Oracle Certification proctored exams are $245 USD. Find the cost in your local currency on the Oracle Certification Website.

How do I register for exams under the Oracle Certification Program?
You can take the exam either at a Pearson VUE Test Center (PVTC) or at an Oracle Testing Center (OTC).

Go to the Pearson VUE Website to register to take the exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center. During registration, you will select an appointment time, date and location that are convenient for you. You will first need to create a Pearson VUE web account. If you are an existing or expired ACP-N, you will need to create the web account using the details that will be emailed to you by mid-December. 

Go to the Oracle University Website to register to take the exam at an OTC. You will need an Oracle Web Account, which you will be prompted to create before registering. OTCs are not available in all regions.

Do I need to recertify under Oracle to receive an Oracle certificate?
You will not need to recertify with the Oracle Certification Program if your ACP-N certification had not expired before November 1, 2013. Your existing certification is recognized as valid and current. You will upgrade your certification to a new version once one is available.

You will need to recertify with the Oracle Certification Program if your ACP-N certification expired before November 1, 2013. You will take the exam "Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Implementation Essentials" (1Z0-400).

All other Acme Packet exams have retired and certifications are no longer available.

Can anyone take the Acme Packet exams now, or are they restricted to Acme Packet/Oracle customers?
Oracle Certification exams are available to all candidates (under Acme Packet, the exams were only available to Acme Packet employees, customers and partners). You do not have to be an employee of an Oracle customer or partner to take the certification exams and obtain the certifications. 

My certificate says that my Acme Packet certification expires in 3 years, and there is no equivalent certification. What do I do?
The Acme Packet Certification Program has retired. There are no updated Acme Packet Certifications available. 

If your ACP-N certification was current on November 1, 2013, no action is required at this time. You will upgrade your certification when a new version of the certification is released.

If your ACP-N certification expired before November 1, 2013, you will renew your certification by passing "Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Implementation Essentials" (1Z0-400), and obtaining Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Certified Implementation Specialist.

When will my ACP-N certification expire?
Your ACP-N certification will remain valid without expiration if it was current on November 1, 2013. In order to keep your certification current with the latest technology release, you will need to upgrade your certification as new versions are released.

When should I stop using the Acme Packet certification logo?
Your Acme Packet Certification logo may only be used until your certification expires. This does not apply to ACP-N Professionals, who held a current certification as of November 1, 2013, as those certifications will not expire.

Where do I take the exam?
Oracle Certification Exams are delivered by our test vendor, Pearson VUE, and at Oracle Testing Centers (not available in all regions). Take "Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Implementation Essentials" (1Z0-400) at one of these locations.

I failed my recent exam attempt, can I retake the Acme Packet Exam?
If you were pursuing Acme Packet Certified Professional Network Engineer (ACP-N), take "Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Implementation Essentials" (1Z0-400). This is the same exam that has been rebranded by Oracle. This exam will lead to Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Certified Implementation Specialist certification.

All other Acme Packet exams are no longer available - deliveries via of these exams terminated as of November 1, 2013.

Thursday Nov 07, 2013

What If I Don't Get An Exam Results Email Alert?

Exam results are available directly from Oracle's certification portal, CertView. This requires candidates to authenticate their CertView accounts before being able to access their exam results. The Oracle Certification team has developed a series of videos to help candidates through this process. 

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Beta Opportunity Continues for "Oracle Linux 5&6 System Administrator" (OCA) Certification Exam (1Z1-100)

Beta testing continues for the Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration (1Z1-100) exam. Passing this exam leads to the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administrator certification.

Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-100. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.

Be among the first to obtain this new Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) certification by registering for this beta exam today. Place yourself in a position to immediately pursue the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Linux 6 System Administrator (OCP) when it is released.

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