Wednesday Jun 17, 2015

Perfect Career Advice for a DBA or Developer

I recently read a great article By Matthew Morris in GoCertify “More than Just Database: A Beginner's Guide to Oracle Certification “that I couldn’t help but share.

Matthew brings up some great points in his article:

  • Salary!  Oracle DBAs and developers get paid more according to job openings he’s seen.
  • How to Get Noticed with Zero Work Experience.  An Oracle database certification can open doors for landing your first developer or DBA job.
  • Explanation of Certification levels in an easy to consume fashion.  Let’s face it with so many options it’s hard to know where to start.
  • Matching Certification to Your Career and Interests.  The benefit of having so many options with exams and levels is that there really is something for us all, no matter where you are on your career path.

There's lots of exciting things happening in Oracle University with new training offerings, formats and exams.

Have you seen our announcement for Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions - Database Cloud Complete Edition? This subscription will help you learn about your Oracle Database Cloud service and how to use it so that you can gain the necessary skills to successfully administer your cloud databases as you transition to the Cloud. 

Or if you just need help knowing where to begin - we can help with finding the right exam for you, how to prepare and register.  Get started by clicking here

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Onsite Testing for Partners at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2012

If your company is a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork Exchange, then you'll want to earn your certification and become Oracle Specialized by participating in the special Test Fest at the Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2012. The Oracle PartnerNetwork team has provided the following video with additional information about this fantastic opportunity.

Ten sessions will be held during the conference.  Visit this PartnerNetwork Exchange web page for detailed information. You can see the testing session schedule, check out prep materials and get pre-registered to take your exam. If you are an employee of one of Oracle's partner companies (especially the PartnerNetwork Exchange) we hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity to earn an Oracle certification!

Monday Aug 27, 2012

Java Developers: Open-source Modules, Great Tools, Opportunity.

The role of Java developer may just be better than ever. An excellent article in Java Magazine discusses the availability of web-based tools that help development teams more effectively manage their projects and modules. If you are a Java developer you should definitely read this article. I especially like the Expert Opinions scattered throughout the article. These highlight real-world usage of the latest and greatest development tools.

 As you consider steps to move your career forward, consider Java certification. Oracle has over 15 unique Java certification credentials available. The process of becoming certified in Java and preparing for your exams will require you to study, learn and practice (code). All of this activity will help you sharpen your skills and increase your working knowledge of Java - making you a better developer and more valuable member of your team.

You can use the Certification Finder on the Oracle certification homepage to find a Java certification that is right for you.


Monday Mar 05, 2012

Making the Most of Your Study Time

Getting certified is a big commitment, requiring a significant investment of time, energy and brainpower. In a recent survey, more candidates indicated that - when deciding to pursue certification - their time investment was a more important consideration than their money investment. Because of this, it's important that you make the most of your preparation time investment.

I've been asked many times: "what study or preparation methods and materials do you recommend for Oracle certification?"

I highly recommend that candidates include the following two steps as a part of their exam preparation process:
  1.  Review and understand the exam objectives - The exam objectives are provided on the Oracle certification website and are intended to help you get an understanding of the topics, scope and breadth of the exam. Conduct a carefully review the topics and determine where you have gaps in your knowledge and skill set.
  2. Build and execute a Personalized Study Plan - Create a customized plan of action to help you close your knowledge gaps (from your analysis mentioned above). This may include items such as Oracle training, hands-on practice, books and white papers (on the Oracle Technology Network).

Since your goal of becoming certified is a significant time investment, remember to focus your Personalized Study Plan on items that will provide the largest return on your time investment - these might include comprehensive reviews and practice exams.

The decision to become certified is not trivial; however by making the most of your preparation time you can learn more and become more certain that you are ready for your test

Keep an eye on our blog for some new exciting things that will help you accelerate your preparation and help get you ready for your certification exams.

Wednesday May 12, 2010

VIDEO: Who's Who - Oracle Certification Email Contacts

The Oracle Certification Program has several email aliases that you can use depending on what you need to accomplish. In this short video, Harold Green shows you how to contact those who can best help you:



Monday Nov 30, 2009

NOW LIVE: Oracle Database 11g - Performance Tuning Exam (1Z0-054)

NOW LIVE: Oracle Database 11g - Performance Tuning Exam (1Z0-054)The new “Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning” certification exam (1Z0-054) is now live, which is a single exam requirement for Oracle 11g DBA OCPs to earn the Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

This certification endorses those database administrators, support engineers, and technical consultants who have demonstrated their knowledge and skills using Oracle Database 11g automatic tuning features, including SQL Tuning Advisor, SQL Access Advisor, Automatic Workload Repository and Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor.

Candidates taking this exam at test centers will now receive their exam scores and pass/fail status immediately at the completion of their exam. Score reports have just been shipped to those candidates who participated in the beta period. If you participated in beta testing and did not yet receive your score report, please contact


Wednesday Sep 30, 2009

Oracle Certification E-Magazine: September 2009 Edition

Sep 2009 Oracle Certification E-MagazineThe September 2009 edition of the Oracle Certification E-Magazine is now online.

Get the latest certification track updates, program news, and details on new Oracle certifications, upgrades, and beta testing.


  • New Video Series from Joel Goodman: “The Benefits of Oracle Certification”
  • Oracle Selects New Certification Exam Delivery Vendor
  • Oracle Certification at Oracle OpenWorld 2009
  • Take Certification Magazine's 2009 IT Industry Salary Survey
  • Beta Testing Ends For “Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning” Exam (1Z1-054)
  • Oracle Retires “Managing Oracle9i on Linux” Special Accreditation
  • New Certification Soon To Be Live: Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional (OCP)
  • Two Exams To Retire for Oracle 8 and 8i DBA Certification Tracks
  • Beta Testing Ends for “Program with PL/SQL” Certification Exam (1Z1-144)
  • New Certification Soon To Be Live: Oracle E-Business Suite R12 System Administrator Certified Expert (OCE)



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