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    February 15, 2017

Giovanni Jaramillo Gains Confidence With SQL Certification

Brandye Barrington
Sr. Program Manager

Oracle Certification gives your more confidence in your knowledge and abilities. Just ask Giovanni Jaramillo!

With nearly 20 years experience  under his belt, Giovanni decided to try out certification. Even with all his experience, he found benefit in earning the certification. Read about his experience in his own words below.

I echo Adrienne's comments.  I have exactly 20yrs experience as an Oracle Developer but only until 3yrs ago did I decide to get a certification.  My first one was the Oracle SQL Expert : OCE (at the time there wasn't the Oracle SQL Associate).  So not only did I dive into the pool, I had no choice but to go into the deep-end with the expert exam.  After studying for 4 months for it, and passing it on my first attempt it really opened my eyes to how much more vast Oracle SQL is and I immediately felt more confident about the rules of SQL.  That confidence built and then the next year I studied again for 4 months and studied "smarter" for the OCA (Oracle Certified PL/SQL Associate) exam.  Both exams were hard (SQL Expert was harder).

Now I have one more to take: OCP : Oracle Certified Professional for Advanced PL/SQL.  Deciding on either the 11g or 12c exam.  But what the certifications have given me is more confidence and also complimentary attributes to my resume, thus allowing me to increase my salary as I am starting to see a few more job postings where it says "Oracle Certification preferred" or "Oracle Certified Professional required".

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Nelson Nelson Thursday, February 16, 2017

    First of all Congrats!

    Just last year I went through your same exact situation. I'm too getting ready for my OCP but on the DBA path. I found out there is a path were you can go from OCA on 11g to OCP on 12c. Just thougt you'd like to know. The exam is 1Z0-067 if you want to look into it. Not sure if there's something like this for pl/sql. Let us know how it all goes. Oh! And by the way, I also wanted to add that for me it is a requisite for the company I work, but I'm hoping it will open doors. It definitely boosts your confidence on the work you do and refreshes skills that normally we would not need or use frequently, but are a plus when you attend to clients. It gives you the "extra" knowledge needed to exalt in your job.

    Good luck!

  • jaramill Sunday, March 5, 2017


    Thanks for the comments. In the Developer's path (PL/SQL) there is no "upgrade" path per se. You either take the 11g which was all that there is, or you can take the 12c. At some point (though not anytime soon), 11g certifications will be retired. So it's more of a choice for the candidate. I'm definitely going for the 12c because at my job we're finally migrating all our databases to 12c, so might as well get ahead of it now and get the 12c certification.


  • Stavros Tsahirides Friday, November 29, 2019
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