Friday Mar 11, 2016

How Does Your Career and Paycheck Compare?

See How Oracle Certifications placed in the 2015 Annual Salary Survey

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Thursday Mar 10, 2016

What's New With Oracle Certification - March 2016

See what’s in beta now, view exams released into production, get information on current promotions or learn about new program announcements below.

Beta Exams Available Now

Oracle Database 12c SQL | 1Z1-071 NEW!

Oracle Database As A Service (DBaaS) Cloud Certified Expert | 1Z1-160 Ends March 26, 2016

Oracle Java Cloud Service | 1Z1-161 Ends March 26, 2016


Oracle Database 10g Recertification Deadline March 1, 2016

Candidates who did not upgrade have had their 10g Database certifications marked as inactive. This means that they no longer have access to digital badge, eCertificates, logos or the ability to publish their credentials to a third party through CertView. 

Candidates can regain all the benefits associated with certification by upgrading their credentials. Upgrade paths remain available.

The deadline for candidates to upgrade 10g Database certifications was March 1, 2016 to comply with Oracle Certification's Recertification Policy.


Oracle Certified Master (OCM) Profiles Moving to Oracle Communities


OCM candidates were recently sent an email letting them know that all OCM profiles will now be published in the OTN Oracle Communities, OCM Profile Space. Steps were provided to allow OCMs to update their OTN profiles and have the profiles published. The current OCM Profile Space will be decommissioned April 1, 2016.

We have received nearly 200 requests. We hope to have most requests processed in the next few weeks.


New Practice Exam

Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP | 1Z0-813


Upcoming Retirement

Sun Storage 6000 Arrays Essentials | 1Z0-563


Recently Retired

Oracle Certified Professional, Java ME 1 Mobile Application Developer
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Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Business Component Developer
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Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Component Developer
Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect


Tuesday Mar 08, 2016

Be First with a New Oracle Database 12c SQL Certified Associate Badge!

Beta testing is happening now for Oracle Database 12c SQL (1Z1-071) at a discount rate of $50US.


Get ready to make this your best year ever. Become an Oracle Certified Associate in Oracle Database 12c SQL with only one exam. See exam topics and more details at Oracle Database 12c SQL.

Take the next step. Register for the (1Z1-071) exam before the beta ends.

Need more persuasion? Certification gets you noticed in any job market. Display your solid understanding of fundamental SQL concepts to employers with a new Digital Badge.

In the 2015 Annual Certification Magazine Salary Survey published last month, Oracle Certified Associate is in the top 75 certifications.

Get Oracle Certified and start building your career today.

Tuesday Feb 16, 2016

Oracle Linux Administration Certification with One Exam

Recent reports such as the “Linux Career IT Skills Watch Update January 2016” are showing how the demand for Linux professionals continues.

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Friday Dec 18, 2015

Are Certifications a Waste of Your Time?

What a headline! 5 Reasons Certifications Aren’t Worth It.  This definitely got my attention.  I had to read more.   The 5 reasons according to the author, David Bolton are:

1. Software Technology Moves Too Fast
2. The Certifiers Are… Who?
3. Employers Don’t Really Care
4. It’s a Rip-Off
5. It Only Proves You Can Pass Tests

We believe certification isn't a waste of your time.  Here's why.

If your business is in IT Services or Support keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date is critical. The fast pace of technology is actually a good reason to stay-up-date with your certification.  There's great personal risk of becoming obsolete by not keeping up with new features and new technology. 

An Oracle Certification is industry recognized, We have 2 million people across the globe who have achieved an Oracle certification credential.  This is a certification that won’t be worthless when the next big thing comes along.  97% of the Fortune 500 companies run Oracle solutions.

Our experience is that employers care very much about certification.  Your personal reputation definitely helps, but what about when you are trying to win business or go for a new job?  We learn in many ways these days but certification is still an industry recognized benchmark of knowledge and technical skill. 

We try hard to keep it fair.  It’s true some people are better at test taking than others.  In all our exams the odds of passing are low without hands on experience.  Oracle Certification exams are developed by a group of Subject Matter Experts who follow the strict industry standard process.  A lot of work goes into building an exam.  Exams are repeatedly reviewed following psychometric guidelines to ensure only the best questions are used. 

According to “Value of IT Certifications,” CompTIA, October 14, 2014, 93% of hiring managers believe an IT certification is worth it too. 

See more recent industry statistics including salary differences on certified vs. non-certified here and here.


Friday Nov 13, 2015

Is Higher Pay Worth Getting Oracle Certified?

I recently came across an article that caught my eye  After a long slump, IT certification pay bounces back by Robert Gates.  Pay and certification are two topics that are dear to my heart so I read on.  The article looks into the value of non-certified skills vs. certified skills.  “The value of non-certified skills went up nearly 4% in the past year compared to 10% for certified skills, according to a survey of pay rates for about 200,000 jobs across 2,800 employers by Foote Partners, LLC in Vero Beach, Fla.”

Why is IT Certification value going up?  According to David Foote co-founder and analyst, Foote Partners LLC  “It means the certifications are getting a little more respect. Clearly, the market has a much different view of certified skills versus non-certified skills.” 

Why should this topic be important to you?  Here’s a couple of highlights:

  • "IT certification pay has rebounded after slumping for years, as non-certified skills, such as expertise with operating systems and databases, continue to grow.”
  • "The list of 378 certified skills in Foote's survey remains dominated by large vendors, including Cisco, Cloudera Inc., EMC, Oracle, Red Hat Inc. and VMware.”

What does an Oracle certification provide you with in regards to certified skills?  Oracle is an industry leader.  Whether your skills and experience lie in database or java the market demand is high.  We have training and exams that you can build on. 

  1. Our core certification program structure starts with the Oracle Certified Associate credential that shows you have fundamental skills and a strong foundation. 
  2. The next step is Oracle Certified Professional that builds on this foundation to measure a deeper more specific possession of skill. 
  3. Then we have the Oracle Certified Master certification which validates you demonstrate these skills and can do the required tasks.

Are you ready to have your non-certified skills recognized as certified skills? View the Oracle Database 12c Certification Path or Java SE Certification Path for more information. 


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