To Certify or Not to Certify: Part 1

I often hear questions such as: "Is it worth it to get certified?", "Should I get my team certified?", and "What is the value of certification?" To answer these questions, I often share the key data points in our latest Global Oracle Certification Program Survey. More recently I’ve also found myself sharing some additional perspective points that I have come to believe quite strongly: The real value of certification isn’t so much the ‘piece of paper’ you receive, although this is indeed an important token of your achievement. The true value sought by professionals and their clients is found in the steps that a person must goes through in order to pass the required exams. Everyone can identify with the anxiety that comes with the prospect of taking a test. In preparation, most people have to study: train, read, research and practice. I see a lot of people that even create flash cards or their own practice questions. Serious preparation is typically a tedious process that is done over the course of several days, weeks or even months. There is plenty of time to learn and absorb the topics/concepts and to get some ‘hands-on time’ with the technology. It is this very studying that leads to greater learning and understanding - hence creating a great value for each of the customers whom hires this professional to work on their systems. I want to point out that this principle applies to anyone of almost any level of experience. The breadth and depth of what is covered on the exams (or the exam objectives) typically requires even experienced professionals to prepare well – think, practice, train and study. If this process is taken seriously, then it is almost certain that they will learn something new or understand something old a little better. Regards, Paul Paul Sorensen Director, Oracle Certification

Getting a certification involves a lot of dedication and discipline on your part, in terms of your study routine. It certainly is not just a piece of paper as many people seem to believe.

Posted by Cisco Training Hyderabad on July 30, 2008 at 02:34 PM PDT #

Certification is valuable as a consultant my current and future clients demand excellence from Oracle consultants and the Oracle certification allows me to validate my knowledge and background to perform the best work for clients.

Posted by Ben Prusinski on November 12, 2008 at 06:33 AM PST #

what happens to those who passed the 1Z0-042 after Dec 1st, 2008? I took the exam on Dec15, 2008 and never been told about the new requirement that I have to take another exam. Even from the training center, nobody knew about the new requirement. Should there be any prior notice for at least 3 months before it takes effect?

Posted by natti on February 10, 2009 at 03:56 PM PST #

Hi natti, We are sorry that you did not see the announcement. There was actually nearly 6 months notice posted on our website that this change was coming. An announcement was posted on our certification home page and a link was provided from the 10g DBA OCA track page. The web page was also updated on December 1, 2008 with the new path. This was also announced in our monthly eMagazine that is sent to all candidates who opt-in to receive communications from Oracle Certification. You can view this blog posting for more information on how to opt-in to receive this valuable resource.

Posted by Brandye Barrington on February 11, 2009 at 03:10 AM PST #

This one is one of the original flaw of OCA 10g Certification which Oracle Certification Team has fixed now. Now onus is on new certification aspirants who want to do OCP. I personally feel that even if you are working in Oracle Tech for long time and regularly update yourself with new in Oracle, you will hardly know what's happening on certification front. May be this kind of blog is solution to get all the new info in the form of feed runner to know what's new happening in Oracle Certification area

Posted by Milind Jadhav on March 22, 2009 at 09:45 AM PDT #

When you write exams... why do you have to remember everything. I am a developer (not certified yet) but use my SQL and PL/SQL books regulary to refer to something I have not used for a long time. Exams is actually not for me, as I have to cram everything into my head... and after the exam I usually forget everything. Why not give us an openbook exam. Then you will know if you undersatnd the concept or not, rather than if you remember this or not.

Posted by Johann on March 10, 2010 at 08:18 PM PST #

Hello, please let me know the latest versions & exam codes for oracle OCP developer suite or if there is any nearest date for new version to be implemented. i would be taking my exams in the month of October.Thanks in Advance.

Posted by guest on August 08, 2011 at 06:48 PM PDT #

You can find the latest developer certifications on our website at These exams and certifications are not marked with a version, but you can see on the exam page which versions the exams have been validated against. There are no current plans for updating these certifications at this time.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by brandye barrington on August 17, 2011 at 01:22 AM PDT #


ther is no certtification exam for JSF, is what Oracle plans to add?


Posted by Anass on December 26, 2011 at 02:52 AM PST #

Hi Anass,
At this time, Oracle does not plan to release an EE6 JSF certification. You can, however, pursue the EE6 Web Component Developer certification. You can find more information on our website here

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on January 03, 2012 at 02:35 AM PST #

Kindly let me know which is the 1st Oracle certification that needs to be taken. I heared there are 2 exams i.e SQL expert and a module to get eligible for OCA and that there is no certoficate given for writting SQL expert exam . Please help me with clear information.

Posted by dv on March 15, 2012 at 08:21 AM PDT #

Hi DV,
I suggest you start by having a close look at our website at You can find the requirements for 11g DBA OCA on our website here I am not sure if that this the OCA certification you are pursuing. But you can find requirements for all certifications on our website. Two exams are required for this OCA certification; choose 007, 051, or 047 and also pass 052. If you pass the 047 exam (SQL Expert Exam), you will receive the SQL Certified Expert certificate. However you will not receive a certificate for passing 007 or 051.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on March 16, 2012 at 08:40 AM PDT #

Hi there;
Oracle certification just a piece of paper.. NO WAY. I have completed OCA and is currently doing TOD OCP. The videos gives you insight on how the technologies are engineered. I run a DBA/PLSQL class for free to teach underpriviliged kids Oracle technologies. The learners simulate my thinking and if I do not know an answer I simply say.. I am not sure what the outcome will be but lets do it hands-on and see for ourselves.

For the OCP exam I do 3 hands on requirements every day to make sure that I can actually do the hands on excercises. One can only understand the questions if you can relate it to experience. This is hard but worth it. oracle is ensuring that only candidates who are well versed in their products make the grade. This is a hard journey but check youtube, there are hundreds of videos to assist. Check the sites from the OCM candidates, they help a lot. I practice 2 - 4 hours a day and believe me thats not event enough.

I would not have taken up Oracle technologies if it was a walk in the park. I see the OCM exam as a challenge and that is one of the many reason why I want to be OCM.


Posted by guest on October 15, 2012 at 05:18 AM PDT #

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