Tuesday Apr 29, 2014

New Exam Preparation Seminar: "Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c"

Oracle University announces the release of the new "Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c" Exam Preparation Seminar, featuring Oracle Certified Master (OCM) and Oracle University training expert Gwen Lazenby.  With approximately 12 hours of training across 43 videos, Gwen takes you through each of the exam objectives for Oracle Certification exam 1Z0-060, helping you focus your preparation on the content you personally need most to pass the exam.

This new Exam Prep Seminar is available standalone, or as part of Exam Prep Seminar Value Package: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c which includes (1) the Seminar, (2) a certification exam voucher, and (3) a Kaplan SelfTest practice test.

You can purchase access either to the standalone Exam Prep Seminar: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c, or to the Exam Prep Seminar Value Package: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c, which includes (1) the full video seminar series, (2) a certification exam voucher, and (3) a Kaplan SelfTest practice test.

The Exam Preparation Seminar includes the following video modules:

  • Video 0: Course Introduction
  • Video 1: Multitenant Container and Pluggable Database Architecture
  • Video 2: Configuring and Creating CDBs and PDBs
  • Video 3: Managing CDBs and PDBs
  • Video 4: Managing Tablespaces, Common and Local Users, Privileges, and Roles (in CDB/PDBs)
  • Video 5: Performing Back up, Recovery, and Flashback for a CDB/PDB
  • Video 6: Managing Performance in a Multitenant Architecture
  • Video 7: EM Express and Migration Assistant for Unicode
  • Video 8: Information Lifecycle Management and Storage Enhancements
  • Video 9: In-Database Archiving and Valid-Time Temporal
  • Video 10: Auditing
  • Video 11: Administrative Privileges and Privilege Analysis
  • Video 12: auditing
  • Video 13: Performing Tablespace Point-in-Time Recovery
  • Video 14: RMAN Enhancements in Oracle Database 12c
  • Video 15: Managing Database Performance
  • Video 16: ADR Enhancements
  • Video 17: Enhancements in Oracle Database 12c
  • Video 18: Exploring the Oracle Database Architecture
  • Video 19: Installing Oracle Database 12c 
  • Video 20: Configuring the Oracle Network Environment
  • Video 21: Monitoring and Managing Memory
  • Video 22: Storage Management
  • Video 23: Space Management
  • Video 24: Managing Undo Data
  • Video 25: Managing Data Concurrency
  • Video 26: Security
  • Video 27: Privileges
  • Video 28: Using Globalization Support
  • Video 29: Automating Tasks with the Scheduler
  • Video 30: Loading and Unloading Data 
  • Video 31: Automatic Storage Management 
  • Video 32: Performing User Managed Backups
  • Video 33: Basics of Using RMAN to Create Backups
  • Video 34: Additional RMAN Backup Types
  • Video 35: Performing Recovery
  • Video 36: Additional Recovery Tasks
  • Video 37: Using Flashback Technologies
  • Video 38: Using Data Recovery Advisor
  • Video 39: Managing Resources 
  • Video 40: Proactive Performance Management
  • Video 41: Using the SQL Tuning and Access Advisors
  • Video 42: Patching and Using Direct NFS
  • Video 43: Migrating Data by Using Oracle Data Pump

As you prepare to upgrade your Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification to Oracle Database 12c, this valuable seminar is an excellent way to accelerate your preparation, gain valuable insight from one of Oracle University's top instructors, make the best use of your preparation time, and give you insight to the breadth and depth of the certification exam.

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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.


UPGRADE PATH

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.


WEBINAR

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.

EXAM DETAILS

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.


PREPARATION

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


TRAINING

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.


EXAM FEES AND DISCOUNTS

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.


TESTING

Where can I take the Oracle Certification exams?

You can register for and take Oracle Certification exams at pearsonvue.com/oracle.


ORACLE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Where can I get more Oracle Certification-related information?

certification.oracle.com

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Webinar Replay Available

The replay of the Oracle Database 12c Upgrade Webinar that was held on March 17, 2014 is now available.

In this free webinar, Senior Database 12c DBA, Oracle Certified Master and Oracle University instructor Gwen Lazenby offered guidance on preparing for your Oracle Database 12c Certification upgrade exam. She provided tips on identifying knowledge gaps, best practices for exam preparation, and preparation tools available to you.

This free webinar replay is a valuable part of your upgrade strategy. If you missed the webinar or want to review parts of the discussion, you can view the replay now.:

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Beta Opportunity Soon to Close: "Oracle Application Express 4: Developing Web Applications" (1Z1-450)

The beta period closes soon for the "Oracle Applications Express 4: Developing Web Applications" exam (1Z1-450). This is your last opportunity to take the certification exam at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD.

The exam leads to the Oracle Application Express Developer Certified Expert certification. The exam has been updated for Application Express 4.1 and 4.2. Develop applications more quickly with fewer performance issues with an Oracle APEX certification. As you prepare for the exam, you will learn to develop a robust application using Oracle Application Express, enhance and modify APEX applications, and troubleshoot error situations.

While training is not required for certification, the Oracle Application Express: Workshop I course from Oracle University can expedite you towards your certification - helping you discover how Oracle Application Express allows you to create database applications using desktop and mobile interfaces.

You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website.

Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-450.

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Monday Apr 07, 2014

Beta Period Closed for "Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administration I" (OCA) Certification Exam (1Z1-133)

The beta period is closed for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I (Exam 1Z1-133), and registration is now open for the production version of the exam. Passing this exam leads to the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator certification.

Oracle WebLogic Server sets the industry standard for Java application servers, and the "Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) - Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator" certification sets the standard for WLS administrators. Obtaining this certification proves that you have the skills to set up server environments, tune performance and troubleshoot with confidence and raises the bar for your peers.

While training is not required for certification, the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I course from Oracle University, can expedite you towards your certification - helping you gain the skills and knowledge to increase the performance and scalability of your organization’s applications and services with the #1 application server.

Register and begin preparing for the exam now. You can get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website.

Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z0-133.

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Thursday Apr 03, 2014

Upgrade Your DBA OCP Certification To Oracle Database 12c With One Exam


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

With Oracle Database 12c, you 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. If you've been waiting for the right time to upgrade, now is the time.

The "Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Administrator" exam (1Z0-060) is now available in production. Get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification website.

While training is not required to make this upgrade, the Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators course is strongly recommended, as it highlights an array of advanced subjects and technologies, such as the new concept of multitenant architecture, its benefits and usage.

There are numerous resources available to help you pass the exam as well as update your skills and knowledge.

Save 20% on the training and exam when you purchase them together in a Certification Value Package (available as a live virtual coursein-class, or training on demand). If you choose to forego the training, you can also get a 20% discount on your exam with an Exam Prep Seminar Value Package that contains the top-rated exam prep seminar as well as an exam voucher and Kaplan Selftest practice test.

Experience the benefits of an Oracle Database that is re-engineered for Cloud computing. Stop waiting and upgrade your certification today.

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Tuesday Apr 01, 2014

Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master Approved Course List Released

Start Preparing Today For Your Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master (OCM) Exam

Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professionals - consider taking your certification and your career to the next level with the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master (OCM). Two advanced hands-on courses are required to obtain the Database OCM certification. Prepare yourself to be one of the first to hold this new certification when it is released by starting your training path today. 

Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Masters, you already know the benefits of OCM certification. Plan on upgrading your certification to 12c when the exam is released, to keep your certification as well as your skills and knowledge current.

The approved course list for the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master Exam is now available. Courses that fulfill the training requirement are listed below.

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