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)


Thursday Aug 27, 2009

Oracle Exams To Be Offered Through New Testing Vendor

Starting September 25, 2009, Oracle Certification Exams will no longer be offered through Prometric. Oracle University is currently in discussion with a new testing vendor to finalize a new partnership. We therefore expect to make an announcement in early September that will include new registration steps for candidates after September 25, 2009.

In preview of our planned announcement, here are several helpful aspects to note:

  • We plan on allowing candidates to continue using their existing testing ID; no change is necessary.
  • We expect vouchers issued by Prometric to be fully functional in the new testing vendor system. Candidates will be able to use their unexpired vouchers in the new system just as they were able to use them in the Prometric system.

What effect will this have on Oracle Certification candidates?

  • Oracle Certification candidates will register for exams on a new website.
  • Oracle Certification candidates will need to create a web account with the new testing vendor when first registering for an exam.
  • Just like today, Oracle Certification exams will continue to be available worldwide with great coverage in many testing centers - in many cases the same testing locations will still be available.
  • Oracle Certification's current "Hands On Course Requirement Forms" system will be taken offline on September 14, 2009. On September 28, 2009 an all-new "Course Submission" system will be launched on the new testing vendor's website. Between these dates. Oracle University will continue to clear and validate forms that have already been submitted, but no "new" submissions will be accepted through the old system.
    Note: If you currently have an outstanding form that needs our attention, please email with your requested information as soon as possible to avoid a delay in receiving your success kit.
  • Oracle Certification candidates could possibly experience a 2-3 week delay in shipment of printed certificates while maintenance is performed on Oracle's certification database during the transition period.

We are very excited about this change, and what it means for our program as well as our customers.  Below are some anticipated questions around this transition. If you have additional questions, please contact


  1. I have already taken exams with Prometric. Do my exams remain valid? Can I finish my certification with a new testing vendor?
    Yes, if you do not complete your certification exams with Prometric before the cutover date (September 25, 2009), you will simply contact the new testing vendor to schedule your next exam. Because all previous and future exam results are the property of Oracle, this will not affect existing certifications or certification paths.

  2. What if I already have an Oracle exam scheduled with Prometric?
    If you have a test scheduled to take place before the cutover date (September 25, 2009), then no action is required.

    If you have a test scheduled to take place on or after the cutover date (September 25, 2009), you will simply cancel it with Prometric and reschedule it with the new testing vendor.

    A refund will be issued as long as the exam is cancelled in accordance with Prometric's cancellation policy (outlined in your confirmation email). We expect that candidates may begin scheduling exams with the new testing vendor on September 14, 2009.

  3. What will happen to my records and testing history with Prometric?
    Because all records and testing history are the property of Oracle, this information will remain with Oracle. Likewise, all new records created through the new testing vendor will be forwarded to Oracle for processing and storage. All historical testing data will be available to candidates through a new candidate tool that Oracle expects to release later this year.

  4. What will happen to a candidate's exam records at Prometric?
    Because all data pertaining to Oracle exams is the property of Oracle, Prometric will not keep any data about Oracle candidates in its system once it is no longer delivering Oracle exams.

  5. I discovered that I have duplicate Prometric records. How can I get these merged so that all my exams are under one record?
    Please contact Oracle customer service at before September 14, 2009.

  6. Will this transition change existing certifications?
    No, existing certifications will remain the same.

  7. Will I be able to use my Prometric Testing ID to register for exams with the new testing vendor?
    Yes. Your Prometric Testing ID will become your "Oracle Testing ID". Before you are able to register for exams with the new vendor, you will need to create a web account with them (we'll provide the instructions in our upcoming announcement).

  8. If I failed my exam at Prometric before the cutover date, will I still need to wait 14 days before retaking the exam at a new testing vendor?
    Yes. Oracle Certification's retake policy remains in place. If you failed a proctored exam at Prometric, you will need to wait a minimum of 14 days before retaking the exam at the new testing vendor.

    All other aspects of Oracle Certification's retake policy will remain in effect as well:
    1. You may not retake (1) passed exams or (2) beta exams.
    2. There is no retake wait period for non-proctored exams.

  9. Will the new testing vendor offer all Oracle certification exams?
    All tests that were available at Prometric are planned to be available at the new vendor's test centers. Please stay tuned here to the Oracle Certification Blog as well as the Oracle Certification website for more information as it becomes available.

  10. Will the Oracle exams be different on the the new testing vendor's system?
    No, the exams are exactly the same--they look the same, and are scored exactly the same.

  11. Will the test fees change?
    No, test fees are set by Oracle and will remain the same with the new testing vendor as they are at Prometric.

  12. How can candidates get a copy of their Prometric score reports?
    Copies of your score reports at Prometric will no longer be available after September 25, 2009, so if you need a copy of your score report, you should request it from Prometric before that date. After September 25, 2009, you can request your exam score (not a full detailed score report) from

  13. Will Prometric vouchers be valid after the cutover date (September 25, 2009)? Will candidates still be able to use these existing vouchers?
    • Through September 13, 2009 - Unused and unexpired exam vouchers may be used at Prometric for exam registrations. The Prometric exam must be taken by September 25, 2009.
    • Starting September 14, 2009 - Unused and unexpired exam vouchers may be used at the new testing vendor for exam registrations.

  14. How can I receive up-to-date information from Oracle on this and other major changes in the Oracle Certification Program?
    To receive regular communications from the Oracle Certification team as well as important announcements that may affect your certification or your certification path, opt-in to receive updates by creating a profile and selecting the checkbox for "Opt-In to Oracle Communications" > "Oracle Certification Program".


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