Friday Jun 05, 2015

Professional Highlight: Amr Gawash, Oracle Certified Professional. Java SE 7 Programmer

Oracle Certification recently caught up with Amr Gawish, Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer to find out how Java Certification has enhanced his career. 

Why did you choose to pursue Java Certification?

I work in a company that encourages employees to pursue and achieve their dreams. One of my personal dreams was to be certified in Java. Even though I had been working with Java for more than five years, I never had time to take the Java Certification exam. After my company encouraged me, I started to prepare myself to get the Java certification, and I did.

How has Java Certification changed your career?

My career changed the moment I stepped out of the exam. I realized how powerful a certification can be, how the community appreciated my contribution more, and of course how it made a difference to people looking at my resume. I also noticed how it increased my self esteem. Holding a Java certification also increased my sense of responsibility toward the Java community. I've started to become more active in Oracle forums and other QA websites. I contribute more to the community now and I also engage with local Java groups in my city.

What is one of the most important benefits of gaining a Java Certification?

I believe the most important benefit of earning a Java certification is the networking and community benefits you get when you are a certified in Java. Being certified has helped me get closer to, and make a positive impact on the Java community. Networking with other members of the community has become much easier and my engagement and responsibility towards the community have also been boosted.

Amr Gawish is passionate about technology and always tries to push the limits of the technologies he uses.

Amr completed his Bachelor's degree in Math and Computer Sciences from Al-Azhar University in Egypt and is currently pursuing his Master's degree at the University of Liverpool. He is employed as an Oracle Fusion Middleware consultant and is certified in Java SE 7, Oracle ADF, WebCenter Portal, and Oracle SOA Suite. 

Having more than six years experience in these products as well as the full Oracle Middleware stack, Amr has also gained experience in various other topics such as Gamification, Scala programming, and Akka. He is working on microcontroller programming with Raspberry Pi and Arduino and robotics.

You can learn more about him by visiting his website,, or follow him on Twitter (@agawish) or read his book (Oracle ADF Faces cookbook).

Thursday Apr 09, 2015

Complete a Single Step to Enjoy The Benefits of Oracle Database 10g OCP Certification

´╗┐Complete your Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional (10g DBA OCP) certification by September 1, 2015 and receive your certificate.

You have passed all the exams required for the 10g DBA OCP certification but you still need to provide verification of your completed training to earn your certification.

  • Login to the Pearson VUE website.
  • Select 'Submit Course Form'. 
  • Enter your course details.

After September 1, 2015 Oracle will no longer grant 10g DBA OCP credentials. If you have provided verification of your completed training and have not received your certification you may have completed your requirements under more than one Oracle Testing ID. Please contact Pearson VUE to request an Oracle Testing ID merge.

Important Message: Based on Oracle's Recertification Policy, once you complete the 10g DBA OCP requirements, you will need to upgrade to a current version of certification by March 1, 2016 to keep your credentials active. 

You can read the full Recertification Policy information on the Oracle Certification website.

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

Prove Your Expertise on Oracle Database - Re-engineered for Cloud Computing

The Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration exam (1Z0-063) is now available.

You have the advanced knowledge and skills required of top-performing database administrators, including development and deployment of backup, recovery and Cloud computing strategies.

Demonstrate those skills and get noticed with the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional certification.

With the 12c release, Oracle Database 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.

In addition to passing the exam, qualified candidates hold the Oracle Database 12c Database Administrator Certified Associate certification and have completed an Oracle Database 12c approved course. Mastering the advanced concepts delivered in Oracle Database 12c: Backup and Recovery Workshop and Oracle Database 12c: Managing Multitenant Architecture position you to approach this exam prepared for success.

Visit and register for exam 1Z0-063. Get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.

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Friday May 30, 2014

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Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Save 20% On Your 12c Certification Upgrade

Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professionals (OCP), upgrade to the ground-breaking new Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional certification by taking a single exam, "Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c" (1Z0-060). Upgrade to the latest version of DBA OCP certification with only one exam, regardless of the version of Oracle Database on which you are certified - Oracle7, Oracle8, Oracle8i, Oracle9i, Oracle Database 10g, or Oracle Database 11g . 

Save 20% on the training and exam when you purchase them together in a Certification Value Package (also available as a live virtual course, in-class, or training on demand). While training is not mandatory in order to upgrade your certification, the Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators training course that is included in these packages is highly recommended to help you prepare for the exam, as it highlights an array of advanced subjects and technologies, such as the new concept of multitenant architecture, its benefits and usage.

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Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Have You Considered Oracle Certification For Your Holiday Gift List?

Achieving an Oracle Certification is an investment in yourself and in your future. Candidates who are serious about using the path to certification to deepen their knowledge and improve their skills, will benefit from an Oracle Certification through validated technical skills, expanded job opportunities, better salary and personal growth and satisfaction. However, we understand that the price tag on some of the core certifications can be challenging for individuals who are not backed by an employer. 

Maybe crowdfunding could be your answer. With the holidays nearing, ditch the socks and t-shirts and ask for something that will keep giving for years to come. Although not officially endorsed by Oracle, sites like Indiegogo and Razoo make it easy to set a goal and request support and participation. Your friends and family will be happy to have an answer to the question of what to get you. Contributing to your certification goal is a sound investment in your future and will give them the satisfaction of a gift well chosen. 

If you choose to go this route, there are a myriad of crowdfunding site options available.  Please do your research before you sign up on one of these sites. The sites mentioned above are only sites familiar to the author and are not endorsed by Oracle in any way.

Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

Start on Your Oracle Certified Associate Database 12c Administrator Today

Did you know that your Oracle exams do not have to be taken in any particular order? This is good news for you if you are planning on pursuing the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate certification. You can take the exam Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration (1Z1-062) while it is still in beta testing an start your path to certification at the greatly discounted cost of $50USD.

You can take the Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals (1Z0-061) later, if you like. So, if you have not yet signed up for the beta exam because you thought that 1Z0-061 was a pre-requisite to 1Z0-062, do it now! Go to and register for exam 1Z1-062. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Earning the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate credential gives you the foundational knowledge and skills needed to administer the Oracle Database and sets the stage for your future progression to Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional. 

With Oracle Database 12c, candidates 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.


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