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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Wednesday Sep 04, 2013

Beta Opportunity Continues: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator (1Z0-060)

Beta testing continues for the Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Exam (1Z0-060).

This exam allows Oracle Certified Professionals to upgrade from Oracle7 Database, Oracle8 Database, Oracle8i Database, Oracle9i Database, Oracle Database 10g or Oracle Database 11g Database Administrator Certified Professional, to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional. The upgrade exam focuses on designing consolidation strategies to exploit Container and Pluggable databases, implementing Oracle 12c feature-rich ILM support, optimizing SQL execution using dynamic swapping of sub plans, implementing real-time data redaction within databases, as well as exploiting the many additional performance, backup and recovery, security and partitioning enhancements. The exam also includes a thorough review of core DBA skills.

With Oracle Database 12c, you will experience the benefits of an Oracle Database that is re-engineered for Cloud computing. Multitenant architecture brings enterprises unprecedented hardware and software efficiencies, performance and manageability benefits, and fast and efficient Cloud provisioning. Oracle Database 12c certifications emphasize the full set of skills that DBAs need in today's competitive marketplace. 

While in beta, the certification exam is currently available at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD. Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-060.

The Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators training course is recommended, as it highlights an array of advanced subjects and technologies, such as the new concept of multitenant architecture, and its benefits and usage. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website.

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Thursday Aug 22, 2013

How To Download and Print Exam Score Reports

Oracle Certification 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 the process to more easily access their exam scores. 

Check back often as we will be highlighting these videos periodically. You can find all the information you will need on this new process along with relevant questions and answers on our website. As always, you can contact Oracle Certification Support if you need assistance.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Thursday Jul 25, 2013

FAQ: Exam 1Z0-007 Retirement

Q) I passed exam 1Z0-007. If I do not complete my certification path before the exam retires on July 31, 2013, will I have to take another SQL exam?

A) The short answer is no - you will not be required to take another SQL exam to 'replace' these exam results. You can continue with your certification path as planned.

As long as you have passed an exam before the retirement date, the exam results remain valid even after the exam retires, and the exam will count toward your certification path. The 1Z0-007 exam will continue to fulfill the SQL requirement for 9i, 10g, 11g and 12c Database Administrator OCA paths as well as the PL/SQL Developer OCA path, though no new 007 exams will be delivered after July 31, 2013.

Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

Upcoming Retirements: What Do They Mean For Those On 9i OCA and OCP DBA Certification Paths?

As you may know, the Oracle9i Database Administrator Associate (OCA) and Professional (OCP) exams and certification paths retire on July 31, 2013.

To complete your Oracle9i Database Administrator certification, you should pass your exams on or before that date. Because of the age of this certification, you may want to consider shifting your focus from 9i to 11g (currently the latest available version of Oracle Database Administrator certification).

Candidates who have already completed a 9i training course in anticipation of obtaining the Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Professional credential may choose to complete the 9i path and then upgrade to Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional by passing a single exam, 1Z0-055 Oracle Database 11g: New Features for 9i OCPs. This way, you will not be required to complete additional training.

Note that your 9i training will not fulfill the training requirement for the Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional. Thus if you choose to pursue the 11g certification (instead of opting for 9i certification and then upgrade to 11g), you will be required to complete additional training. However, if you obtain the 9i certification before the retirement date, and then upgrade to 11g via the upgrade exam, you will not be required to complete additional training.

Key Considerations
  • Be sure you have a Pearson VUE web account.
  • If you took any earlier exams at our previous test vendor, Prometric, you will need to create a web account to register for remaining exams.
  • If you took exams previously at Prometric, you will have an Oracle Testing ID (Prometric ID). When you create your Pearson VUE account, it is very important that you enter your ID. If you already have an ID and Pearson VUE still assigns you a new one, you should request to have the two merged immediately.
  • Authenticate your CertView account if you have not already.
  • You will need the email address and Oracle Testing ID from your Pearson VUE profile.
  • Be sure that you can view all prior exams and certifications in your CertView account. If not, it is likely that you have multiple IDs. Please contact Pearson VUE for assistance with getting your IDs merged.
  • Remember to submit your course form so that your training can be verified.
  • Allow plenty of time to take (and possibly retake) your exam.
  • There is a 14-day waiting period to retake any failed exams. Be sure to build that time into your schedule, regardless of how confident you feel about the exam. If you take one of the retiring exams fewer than 14 days before the retirement date and you fail, you will not have the opportunity to retake the exam.
  • You should also allow time for any issues at the test center. While test center issues are infrequent, a download or connection issue could require you to reschedule. Build a little extra time into your schedule to allow for this eventuality.
  • Be aware of any public holidays that may cause testing centers to be closed close to the retirement date.
  • Avoid the last minute rush. Some testing centers have quite limited seating. They may run out of space as the deadline moves closer.
SCENARIOS
  • Candidates who take all exams before July 31, 2013 but have not submitted the course form:
    • Candidates who have passed all exams by the deadline and have not submitted the course form, may submit the course form after the retirement date and will receive the certification.
  • Candidates who take all exams before July 31, 2013, but have not completed training:
    • Candidates who have passed all exams by the deadline and have not taken training, may take the training and submit the course form after the deadline and will receive the certification.
  • Candidates who complete all requirements by July 31, 2013, but have requirements completed under multiple IDs:
    • Candidates who pass all exams, complete training and submit the course form before the retirement date, but whose certification does not show in CertView because steps were submitted under different Oracle Testing IDs, can merge IDs and receive the certification after the retirement date. 
You can view more information about CertView and Pearson VUE accounts in our Help Center on the Oracle Certification Website. If you have a scenario that is not covered in our scenarios above, or if you have a question that is not covered in our Help Center, you can post it to the comments here (if it does not require posting personal information). If submission of personal information (such as Oracle Testing ID, email address, etc) is required, please do not post here in the blog comments; instead submit an SR to Oracle Certification Support

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