By Brandye Barrington-Oracle on Oct 08, 2015
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.