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Pat Shuff's Blog

  • July 19, 2006

oracle certification

Certification has been a big issue for a long time. When companies

like Microsoft started with the admin certification and Sun followed

with Solaris certification, the credentials meant real dollars for

someone who went through the certification process. Some

certifications, like the security certification suite, require

substantial industry experience and thousands of dollars of courseware

before you can take the exam. Most people that I know who obtain

certification are consultants or work for resellers. Most software

companies require that their resellers have a minimum of one certified

engineer to support the sales staff. Not a bad idea but it dosen't

always work that way. I worked for years for Sun Microsystems and was

the Solaris area specialist as well as author for the company facing

web pages used by sales and marketing. My exposure to customer issues,

experience in administering the office computers, and desire to read

everything published on Solaris gave me the credibility and knowledge

required to talk about the operating system. I didn't really learn much

of my administration skills through the courseware prep books or the

online documentation. What really helped me learn the internals and

knobs to tweak was benchmarking systems. It dosen't take a rocket

scientist to configure a printer on a system and create a spool that

can be used by Windows clients. It is a little more difficult if you

are trying to run the SPECWeb benchmark and get 5% more performance

from the disk sub-system so that you can be the lowest bidder on a

government contract that could mean millions in sales.

what are the key reasons to be certified? Looking at the comments the key reasons are:

1) advantage over co-workers, you can prove that you are smarter than they are

 2) increase employability, headhunters are looking for keywords to match someone with a potential employer

 3) certification broadens knowledge, yes. these tests to delve into

the fringe stuff that no one ever really does in real life. At times,

these fringe topics are relevant but in my opinion, not very often.

 4) helps develop language to talk with DBA. I totally agree with

this one. Learning the language is key to working in the industry.

In the next few weeks I am going to walk through the admin workshops

(parts one and two) and take the certification exams. I will summarize

in the next few weeks what I gathered from this training. My goal is to

understand the lingo required to talk to a DBA and the management team

involved in database selection. My objective will be to obtain the

certified associate and certified professional. I would like to get the

master ranking but I think that it requires 3-4 years working as a DBA

which I don't have.

- Oracle Certification

- Insiders guide to Oracle Certification

- Certification Information (from outside of Oracle)

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Besch Wednesday, July 19, 2006
    Nice blog...
    Regarding certifications...IMHO there are 4 basic aspects of utility: (i) it's one data point for others to infer you have deep skill in a particular subject area, (ii) *my favorite* certification an academic framework for learning a new subject/tech, (iii) it is one way for you to test/validate your knowledge relative to an academic measuring stick, and (iv) if you like to be tested academically...
    Also, here's Oracle's certification home: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=39.
    Cheers & welcome to Oracle.
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