Friday Sep 27, 2013

Exam Retirement: Oracle Exadata 11g Essentials (1Z0-536)

Oracle will retire "Oracle Exadata 11g Essentials" (exam 1Z0-536) on March 31, 2014*. This exam and certification have been replaced with a newer version. Candidates may obtain the new Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8 Certified Implementation Specialist certification by taking "Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8 Implementation Essentials" (exam 1Z0-485), which is currently in post beta review. The production version of this exam should be released soon. If you are considering taking the 1Z0-536 exam, you may want to consider waiting for this newer version of the exam to be released.

While the Oracle Exadata 11g Certified Implementation Specialist certification will no longer be available after March 31, 2014, existing certification holders should note that this retirement only suspends the delivery of any further exams, it does not affect your existing certification. If you currently hold this certification, your credential remains fully valid.

Both the retiring "Oracle Exadata 11g Certified Implementation Specialist" and the new "Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8 Certified Implementation Specialist" certifications count toward different Oracle Partner Network (OPN) specializations. Because the Oracle Exadata 11g Essentials (1Z0-536) exam will continue to be offered only through Mach 31, 2014, candidates may consider preparing instead for the newer "Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8 Implementation Essentials" (1Z0-485) exam to remain current.

Candidates are recommended to plan for and schedule the 1Z0-536 exam sufficiently in advance (to allow for the 14-day re-take waiting period) in the unfortunate event that they do not pass the exam on the first attempt. Re-takes of this exam will not be available after the retirement date.

Retiring Exam Newer Version of Retiring Exam
Oracle Exadata 11g Essentials (1Z0-536) Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8 Implementation Essential (1Z0-485)
Retiring Certification Path Newer Version of Retiring Certification Path
Oracle Exadata 11g Certified Implementation Specialist Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8 Certified Implementation Specialist

*This post was updated on January 17, 2014 to reflect the new retirement date. 

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