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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Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New Certification: Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 SQL Tuning

Oracle Certification announces the release of the new Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 SQL Tuning (OCE) certification.

This certification is designed for Developer, DBAs and SQL developers who are proficient at tuning SQL statements. This certification exam covers topics on core elements such as: identifying and tuning inefficient SQL statements, using automatic SQL tuning, managing optimizer statistics on database objects, implementing partitioning and analyzing queries. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam: "Oracle Database 11g Release 2: SQL Tuning" (1Z0-117). This exam recently completed beta testing and is now live for registration through Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers several courses to help ensure success on the certification exam:

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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Monday Mar 18, 2013

Beta Testing Continues: Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration (1Z0-822)


Beta testing continues for the Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration Exam (1Z1-822)

This exam, combined with the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator certification and a training requirement, leads to the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (OCP) certification. This certification is designed for Oracle Solaris System Administrators who have a strong foundation in the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System and a fundamental understanding of the UNIX operating system, commands and utilities. This certification covers topics on core elements such as: configuring network interfaces, managing swap configurations, crash dumps, and core files.

The Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration training course is highly recommended, as it highlights an array of advanced subjects and technologies, such as installing Oracle Solaris 11 using the Automated Installer (AI) and the Image Packaging System (IPS) for package management. This course will also fulfill the training requirement for this certification path.

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 1Z1-822.

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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Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

Oracle to Retire Select Certification Exams on July 31

Oracle will retire several certification exams and certification tracks on July 31, 2013.   Newer versions of many of these certifications are available.  Existing certification holders should note that these retirements suspend the delivery of any further exams, but do not affect your certification.  If you currently hold a certification earned by one of these exams, your credential remains fully valid.

Certification paths to be retired July 31*:
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Professional
  • Hyperion Essbase 9.3 Developer Certified Expert
  • Hyperion Financial Management 9.3 Administrator Certified Expert
  • Hyperion Planning 9.3 Administrator Certified Expert
  • Oracle Application Server 10g Administrator: Certified Associate
  • Oracle Application Server 10g Administrator: Certified Professional
  • Oracle Certified Expert, NetBeans Integrated Development Environment 6.1 Programmer
Exams to be retired July 31:
  • 1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL
  • 1Z0-031 Oracle9i Database: Fundamentals I
  • 1Z0-032 Oracle9i Database: Fundamentals II
  • 1Z0-033 Oracle9i Database: Performance Tuning
  • 1Z0-264 Hyperion Essbase 9.3 Developer
  • 1Z0-271 Hyperion Financial Management 9.3 Administrator I & II
  • 1Z0-272 Hyperion Planning 9.3 Administrator I & II
  • 1Z0-311 Oracle Application Server 10g: Administration I
  • 1Z0-312 Oracle Application Server 10g: Administration II
  • 1Z0-889 NetBeans Integrated Development Environment 6.1 Programmer Certified Expert Exam

 These exams will continue to be offered through July 31, 2013. Candidates pursuing these certification paths must successfully complete the required certification exams by this date. Re-takes will not be available after this date. For more information see Oracle Certification retirements.

*Exams 1Z0-141 and 1Z0-147 were originally on this retirement list, but have been removed. These exams currently have no retirement date and will continue to be delivered after July 31, 2013.

Monday Mar 11, 2013

New Certification: Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 Administration

Oracle Certification announces the release of the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 Administration Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) certification. 

This new certification is designed for individuals who possess a strong foundation in Oracle Database 11g Database, and covers topics such as: Exadata Database Machine features and configurations, Exadata Storage Server, migrating to the Database Machine as well as maintaining, monitoring and optimizing the Database Machine after initial configuration. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. 

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam: "Oracle Exadata Database Machine X3 Administration" (1Z0-027). This exam recently completed beta testing and is now live for registration through Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

Although there is no required training for this certification, the Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop is highly recommended to help ensure success on the certification exam.

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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Monday Mar 04, 2013

NEW Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect OCM Exam (1Z0-807)


Oracle Certification announces the release of the new Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Certified Master Exam. This exam, combined with the Java Enterprise Architect Certified Master Assignment, the Java Enterprise Architect Certified Master Essay and a training requirement, leads to the Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect certification.

To move your career forward as a Java developer, you need the recognition that only advanced Java certifications can provide. This is the most prestigious Java credential, proving that you possess the skills and knowledge to work at an enterprise level. This certification prepares you to confidently architect systems, define requirements, and oversee execution within a large enterprise organization. The advanced skills demonstrated by the Java Enterprise Architect extend far beyond fundamental Java programming.

Beta testing for the Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Certified Master Exam (1Z1-807) is now underway and thus is available at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD. Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-807. This exam is the first step toward expanding your skills, knowledge and career options with the  Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect certification.

There are three training courses recommended to help you best prepare for this exam, as they highlight an array of advanced subjects and technologies, from developing pattern-based techniques in Java, with particular emphasis on Java EE 6 conventions to robust architectures for enterprise Java application. Recommended courses are, Architect Enterprise Applications with Java EE, Java Design Patterns, and Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Using UML.

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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