Oracle Certification and the Hands-On Course Requirement (Part 2)
By Harold Green on Jul 09, 2009
Continued from Tuesday's post "Oracle Certification and the Hands-On Course Requirement" (Part 1)
Isn’t This Just All About Money?
No, it’s not. And skeptics…read on:
First - the financial impact that Oracle initially took was tremendous. And because most of the aforementioned ‘bottom-feeders’ will never come back (the assumption being that they’ve given up on Oracle), we will continue to forfeit the fees associated with them.
Secondly - had the requirement been only about money, it would have been far more expansive than the actual policy in place right now. As it stands - the hands-on course requirement does not apply to many areas, such as the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) level certifications, all developer certification tracks, and the complete set of Middleware certification tracks. Additionally - those who are upgrading their Oracle certification(s) are not required to attend further mandatory training - from any level, to any level. Essentially, once you are certified you have indeed demonstrated your commitment, have engaged in quality interactive learning that is key to success, and are hence ‘onboard’ and no longer required to attend additional mandatory training courses.
Why Is The Course Requirement So Strict? Do You Give Exceptions?
When the course requirement was initially implemented, only those courses related specifically to the exams in the track were awarded credit towards the requirement. As part of an ongoing analysis, we were able to expand the policy to include additional advanced courses related to the certification being pursued, thus opening the range of training options to meet the varied needs of our many candidates. Now the option exists to choose from a variety of courses to help increase knowledge while meeting the certification requirements. Our goal is to help candidates improve their skills, recognition and careers, and we feel that this is an excellent way to support our candidates. Because of our commitment to this valuable process, we do not provide exceptions to the hands-on course requirement for Oracle certification.
Oracle raised the bar for certification with the hands-on course requirement. This has had a clear and definite positive impact on the overall value of the Oracle certification - both for those who hold them, as well as those in the marketplace for Oracle credentialed individuals. As can be expected, we often get input from critics of the course requirement. Although in evaluating their position I often see compelling arguments, but sadly there is often also a clear bias. For example, we’ve recently gotten negative feedback from a non-Oracle training center whose courses do not count towards our requirement.
The primary goal of our program is for the candidates who earn our credentials to be experienced, well-trained and highly skilled. We believe that the hands-on course requirement supports that goal.
If you are holding back on earning an Oracle certification because you find that the course requirement is a barrier, I strongly encourage you to take a close look and consider how you can leverage the required training to improve and broaden your skills.
Director, Oracle Certification