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.
Director, Oracle Certification