Oracle Certification Program Guidelines
- Retake Policy
- Exam Voucher Policy
- Pricing Policy
- Assignment Submission Policy
- Exam Retirement Policy
- Certification Ownership Policy
- Certification Validity Policy
- Scoring Policy
- Logo Guidelines
- Oracle Certification Program Fraudulent Activity Policy
Prior to taking a certification exam, you will be required to accept the terms and conditions of the Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement. You will be presented with the agreement on screen before the test starts. You can also view this agreement prior to arriving at the testing center via the following link: Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement.
Minors gaining Oracle Certification
Minors may gain Oracle Certification by completing all certification requirements for the desired path. In addition, Oracle must have on file, a signed Minor Parent/Guardian Signature Page. More information is available in the Oracle Certification Program Candidate Agreement.
Please note that Oracle only requires minors (candidates under 18 years of age) to submit the Oracle Certification Program Candidate Agreement via fax.
- Candidates must wait 14 days before retaking a failed exam.
- Candidates may retake an online non-proctored exam at any time.
- Candidates may not retake a passed exam at any time.
- Candidates may not retake a beta exam at any time.
The retake policy was put in place to protect the integrity of the Oracle Certification Program exam content and allow the candidate additional time to prepare for a failed exam. Please note that violation of the retake policy in any way, including but not limited to, registering for and retaking an exam under a new Oracle Testing ID within the 14-day waiting period, is against policy and will be treated as a violation of the Exam Retake Policy. If a candidate creates a new ID in order to retake the exam within the 14-day waiting period, the results of the retaken exam will be invalidated. No refunds or credit will be provided by Oracle or any of its partners.
Failure to adhere to this policy is a direct violation the Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement that you agreed to at the time you took the exam and could result in the additional actions such as (but not limited to) revocation of credentials that you hold or being banned form the Oracle Certification Program or barred from taking future Oracle exams.
Oracle University Oracle Certification Program (OCP) Exam Voucher Policy
Oracle University and Oracle University authorized Resellers may sell Oracle University (OCP) Exam Vouchers. Oracle and Pearson VUE, its test delivery partner, do not guarantee the authenticity of certification vouchers that are obtained from any individuals or entities other than Oracle or Oracle authorized resellers. Individuals who acquire and use counterfeit certification vouchers and/or certification vouchers obtained from an unauthorized source may be subject to program sanctions at the discretion of Oracle, including a lifetime ban on taking all future exams and the nullification of all previous exam results and certifications. Oracle will not compensate candidates for counterfeit vouchers or vouchers obtained from an unauthorized source.
OCP Exam Vouchers are purchased in advance as future payment for a specific OCP exam registration. At the time of exam registration, the OCP Exam Voucher value is applied to the exam fee as payment to Oracle's authorized testing vendor.
OCP Exam Vouchers (i) can be used by one person, one time, for one exam discount/fee only in the country of OCP Exam Voucher purchase (ii) are not valid after the expiration date, (iii) become void if altered or revised in any way, (iv) may not be canceled or redeemed for cash, credit or refund, and (v) may be used by the Purchaser only, except as permitted by a valid Oracle reseller agreement. Neither Oracle authorized testing vendors nor Oracle and its partners are responsible for vouchers that are lost or stolen. Exam registrations paid for with an OCP Exam Vouchers must be completed before the voucher expiration date. Expired OCP Exam Vouchers have no value and cannot be extended.
OCP Exam Vouchers with a free retake included (i) can be used by one person on one attempt plus a retake of the same exam (ii) can only be used for a retake if there is a failed first attempt on file, (iii) becomes void for both attempts on the voucher expiration date.
Prior to taking your certification exam, you will be presented with an online Oracle Certification Program Candidate Agreement. Upon acceptance of the agreement, you will be able to proceed with the exam. To view a copy of the agreement, go to Oracle Certification Candidate Agreement.
When there are differences in the currencies accepted by Oracle University and the test vendor (Pearson VUE) for a particular country, the exam price will be provided in the currency offered by Oracle University. In these cases, candidates can either (1) purchase a voucher through Oracle University in the currency offered (usually local currency), or (2) purchase the exam directly from test vendor at the currency offered by the test vendor. Candidates will need to check exam prices at www.pearsonvue.com/oracle to confirm the currency accepted by the vendor for the selected exam. Exam price currency conversions are reviewed and updated annually at Oracle, and due to daily currency rate fluctuations - the USD price may not always exactly map to the stated price in local currency. Note that we will not provide refunds or adjustments for fluctuating currencies.
Assignment Submission Policy
- BOTH assignment and essay must be submitted within 6 months of assignment purchase date.
- No exceptions
- If you do not submit assignment and essay before the deadline, you will be required to purchase a new assignment.
- Assignment must be submitted before you can register for the essay.
- Assignment resubmissions must be submitted within 30 days of failure notification by email.
- No exceptions
- If you do not resubmit your assignment within 30 days of the failure notification (by the date highlighted in the failure notification email), you will be required to purchase a new assignment and essay.
Legacy Java Developer Assignments
Java Developer assignments will be graded only if you are pursuing the current Java SE6 Developer certification track. We will not review assignments for certification tracks prior to Java SE6 Developer certification.
To determine the version of the certification track for your assignment, you can refer to the email that you have received from Sun with the exam assignment purchase details. The assignment exam should be #310-252A and you must have purchased after January 2008. If you don’t have your assignment purchase email, you can refer to the date you purchased your assignment and the date the assignment was issued. Valid assignments must have been issued after January 2008. Any assignments that were issued prior to this date are no longer valid as they are for a retired certification track not offered by Oracle.
Exam Retirement Policy
Oracle Certification Program normally provides 90 days notice for the retirement of any certification exam. We post announcements on the Certification Web site. We also notify exam candidates by email, so please be sure that you always have your most current contact information on file in your Oracle Profile and ensure that you have selected to receive communications from the Oracle Certification Program.
Certification Ownership Policy
Individual candidates are certified when the prerequisite requirements are met. The certification is valid and associated with an individual, and not a specific company.
Certification Validity Policy
Once a candidate achieves a certification, this certification does not expire or retire. The certification path, or the exam(s) that lead to this certification may retire, but the certification remains valid at the level and version obtained by the candidate. This includes certifications granted by companies acquired by Oracle. Any certification granted prior to the acquisition remains a valid certification. Not all certifications will be supported or maintained, but will remain valid certifications.
Exam Scoring Policy
Exam Passing Scores: Oracle routinely publishes new versions of its Oracle Certification exams. The passing score for each exam version is set independently to maintain a consistent scoring standard across versions. For example, to maintain a consistent standard for success, a new version of an exam which contains more difficult questions than the prior version will be assigned a somewhat lower required passing score. For this reason, passing scores may vary between different exams in your certification track, and between later and earlier versions of the same exam.
Oracle does not recommend an exam preparation strategy targeting the passing score, as passing scores are subject to change without notice.
Scored and Unscored Questions: Your exam may contain unscored questions in addition to the scored questions, so the total number of questions that are presented to you may be greater than the number shown on the exam page. This is standard testing practice. You will not know which questions are unscored. If your exam contains unscored questions, the time allowed for the exam takes into consideration the time you will need to answer all questions and review your work. Your exam results will reflect your performance on the scored questions only.
Oracle Certification Logos
Oracle Certification logos may be obtained from certview.oracle.com. Oracle certification logos may be used on your business card or resume, or a number of other places. You will first need to authorize your CertView account. To do this, you will need your Oracle Single Sign-On (SSO) and your Oracle Testing ID, Full Name (First and Last Name), Email Address and City. This information should be entered exactly as it is listed in your profile at www.pearsonvue.com/oracle. If you do not have an Oracle SSO you will be able to select an option to "Create a new account."
Please see the Oracle Certification Logo Guidelines regarding usage and placement of Oracle Certification Logos.
Oracle Corporation reserves the right to take action against any candidate involved in fraudulent activities, including, but not limited to, fraudulent use of vouchers, promotional codes, reselling exam discounts and vouchers, cheating on an exam, alteration of score reports, alteration of completion certificates, violation of exam retake policies or other activities deemed fraudulent by Oracle.
Oracle considers any contributions to, use of, or sharing of materials pertaining to Oracle certification exams (or "brain dumps") to be a violation of this Fraudulent Activity Policy. Candidates can check if the materials they are purchasing are prohibited brain dumps by visiting CertGuard's Brain Dump ID System at http://www.certguard.com/search.asp. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all materials they purchase or use to prepare for exams are not violations of this Fraudulent Activity Policy.
If Oracle determines, in its sole discretion, that fraudulent activity has taken place, it reserves the right to take action up to and including, but not limited to, decertification of a candidate's OCA, OCP and/or OCM credentials, temporary, indefinite or permanent ban of a candidate from Oracle certification programs, notification to a candidate's employer, and notification to law enforcement agencies. Candidates found committing fraudulent activities forfeit all fees previously paid to Oracle, or to Oracle's authorized vendors, and may be required to pay additional fees for services rendered.
If you would like to report fraud, you can send a detailed email to firstname.lastname@example.org.