Thursday Jun 02, 2011

Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL and Other Former Sun Certification Exams Now Being Delivered At Pearson VUE

Effective June 1, 2011 - Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL, and NetBeans certification exams are being delivered through our new test delivery vendor — Pearson VUE — and are no longer available through Prometric. This consolidates all Oracle Certification exams within the operations of a single testing vendor, allowing us to best streamline our processes and service. Pearson VUE currently offers certification testing in more than 5,000 test centers worldwide, and we believe this will provide excellent service and global testing coverage for these Oracle certification exams.

Candidates can now visit Pearson VUE to find more information, register for an exam or locate a testing center in their area. Note that existing Oracle exam vouchers will continue to be valid as long as they have not expired.

ACTION REQUIRED
It is important that you create a Pearson VUE account now so that you can continue to register for Oracle Certification exams:

  • Go to MyAccount on Pearson VUE and select Create A New Web Account and follow the prompts to create a profile and enter your contact information. See our tutorial video as well as these detailed steps for reference.
    • Please note that your Prometric exam history will not show in your Pearson VUE account. Sun Certification history will soon be available to candidates at CertView. Please visit the Oracle Certification Blog for continued updates.
  • IMPORTANT: Be sure to enter your profile and contact information on the next screens as it exists in your Oracle profile at CertManager, as the system will perform an automated process to match the record you are creating with the record that was uploaded from Oracle.
    • If Pearson VUE is not able to match your record, you will be placed in a queue and will be contacted by Pearson VUE within 72 hours for verification.

Also, if you schedule a Java, Oracle Solaris (Cluster), MySQL, or NetBeans exam with Pearson VUE between May 16, 2011 and August 1, 2011, you will receive access to a set of practice questions at no cost. For more information, view our full announcement and Frequently Asked Questions online at certification.oracle.com.

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Friday Feb 18, 2011

FAQ: Reshipping a Sun Certification

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If you obtained a Sun Certification before September 1, 2010, your success kit was shipped to the mailing address on record in your profile at certmanager.net/sun.

At this time, if you require a reshipment for any reason of your original Sun Certification Certificate (it got damaged in the mail, you did not receive it, it needs to be sent to a different address, etc...), you will now receive access to an electronic reproduction of your original Certificate called an eCertificate. The Sun Certification ID card is no longer available and cannot be ordered from Oracle. This is to allow us to streamline this reshipping process and allow candidates to receive these certificates as quickly as possible.

Candidates who earned a Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL, NetBeans or OpenOffice.org certification on or after September 1, 2010 will receive their success kits in the mail within 6-8 weeks of completing the final certification requirement.

Thursday Nov 18, 2010

FAQ: Continuing Your Sun Certification Path

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Q) I passed a Part I exam in a Sun Certification path before September 1, 2010. Can I still obtain the certification if I pass the Part II exam under Oracle branding? Will my certification be Sun or Oracle?

The list below are those Sun-branded certification tracks that require multiple steps (i.e. Part I, Part 2 or Part 3). If you have completed Part I of any of the following exams, you do not need to re-test before moving onto part 2 or part 3. Upon completion of all steps, you will receive an Oracle-branded certification title.

  • Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD)
  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA) EE5
  • Sun Certified System Administrator (SCSA) for Solaris OS 10
  • Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator (SCMDBA)
  • Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer (SCMDE)
For further details and official Oracle Certification policies, please visit the Oracle Certification FAQs.

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Friday Oct 22, 2010

FAQ: Sun-Certified Candidates Requesting Oracle-Branded Logos

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Earlier in the week, we responded to an FAQ about Sun Certified Candidates requesting Oracle-branded Certificates to replace their Sun Certificates. We are also receiving a large number of requests from candidates to replace their Sun Certification Logos with Oracle Certification Logos.

Only candidates who pass the certification exams from September 1, 2010 forward will receive the Oracle certificate and logo. Any candidates who became certified prior to September 1, 2010 will receive the Sun certificate and logo. If you were Sun certified prior to September 1, 2010 and request a new certificate after September 1, 2010, you will still receive a Sun certificate and logo.

We hope this helps to clear up any confusion. For further details and official Oracle Certification policies, please visit the Oracle Certification FAQs.

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Tuesday Oct 19, 2010

FAQ: Sun Certifications and Oracle-Branded Certificates

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As mentioned here in the blog last week, we are answering a series of FAQs over the next couple of weeks here in the blog to help clear up some lingering questions. One big question is around replacing Sun certificates with Oracle-branded certificates. In response to some candidates who were concerned that they would need to have their certificates replaced: the good news is that no - there is not a need to replace or update existing certificates.

Candidates who have earned a Sun-branded certification prior to September 1, 2010 will retain their Sun-branded certification title and certificate. Your current Sun certification title will continue to be recognized under the Oracle certification program and will be valid without expiration.

Although we do not provide Oracle-branded Certificates to existing Sun Certificates holders, we do intend to provide an upgrade path to Oracle certification titles in the coming months. All future program requirements will be available through the Oracle Certification Program web site.

For further details and official Oracle Certification policies, please visit the Oracle Certification FAQs.

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Friday Sep 17, 2010

FAQs: Sun Certifications (Part 2)

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Hi everyone - as you know, we have been busy recently re-branding the Sun certifications into the Oracle Certification Program. We're getting some good questions and thought we could help by answering them here. (We will also soon be adding them onto the FAQ section of the Oracle Certification Web site)

Will my certificate be from Sun or Oracle?

It depends on when you complete the last certification requirement for your track:

  • If you completed all of your Java, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster, MySQL, NetBeans and OpenOffice.org exams before September 1, 2010, you will receive a Sun-branded certification kit.
  • If you completed your last exam for these tracks on or after September 1, 2010, you will receive an Oracle certification kit.

Will I receive a hard copy or soft copy certificate?

After November 30, 2010, reshipment requests for copies of legacy Sun-branded certificates will be fulfilled electronically. This only applies to reshipment requests for Sun-branded certificates. Those earning Oracle-branded Java, Oracle Solaris or MySQL certificates will continue to receive hard-copy certificates.

What if my new certification is not being displayed in CertManager?

If your certification is not displaying in CertManager, please send an email to suncert_ww@oracle.com to determine why your certification has not yet been granted. Please include your full name, certification credential, and testing ID.

When will I receive my certificate?

You should receive your certificate approximately 6-8 weeks after passing the final certification exam in your path.

If it has been 4 weeks since CertManager shows that your kit shipped, please (1) verify your physical shipping address and (2) contact suncert_ww@oracle.com immediately to request a reshipment if you would like to receive a hard copy of your kit.

I have not received my certification success kit. What do I do?

If your package has not yet arrived, it could be for one of the following reasons:

  • Less than 6-8 weeks has elapsed since taking your certification exam.
  • You have not completed all of the requirements for the certification exam track. Go to CertManager and select "Cert Progress" to view remaining requirements.
  • Your address is incorrect in our database and your certificate might have been returned. Go to CertManager and select "Personal Info" to update your address and request another certificate.
  • On November 30, 2010, candidates who earned Sun-branded certifications begin receiving their certifications through email (hard copies of certificates will no longer be sent).
  • It might not have been mailed. Go to CertManager, select Show Fulfillment History, then Test History to check on the mailing status.
  • If you still have not received your certificate after the waiting period and your address is correct in the CertManager database, please send an email message to suncert_ww@oracle.com. Please include your Prometric ID number in your message.

If you have not received your certification success kit within 6-8 weeks of completing your all certification requirements, please login to CertManager to check your certification status and the status of your success kit (under "History"). If your kit was mailed more than 4 weeks ago, please verify your mailing address and contact suncert_ww@oracle.com to request a reshipment. Please provide your name, Prometric ID, the certification in question, and confirm that you have verified or updated your address.


Ed. note: September 29, 2010 - updated text in "Will I receive a hard copy or soft copy certificate?" for clarity

Tuesday Aug 31, 2010

Sun Certification Now Integrated With Oracle Certification Program

Effective September 1, Sun certifications have been republished and re-branded under the Oracle certification program.

If you achieve a Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL or OpenOffice certification after September 1, you will receive a new Oracle Certification title. If you are in the process of preparing for an exam, rest assured that the format and objectives of these exams will not be changing and your voucher(s), will still be valid through the expiration date and redeemable at prometric.com. If you are currently Sun Certified, your certification with the Sun Certification title, will be fully recognized under the Oracle program.

If you are considering a certification, wait no more! These credentials will continue to be some of the highest recognized achievements in the industry. Learn more!


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