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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Where can I take the Oracle Certification exams?

You can register for and take Oracle Certification exams at


Where can I get more Oracle Certification-related information?

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.


Official blog of the Oracle Certification Program


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