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Oracle PartnerNetwork Certified Specialist FAQ


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Program

What are the benefits of this program for me, as a member of a partner organization?The Oracle PartnerNetwork provides the individual access to benefits that help you sell, develop or implement Oracle based solutions. If your company is a member of OPN, you have unlimited access to training, sales and marketing resources, development tools and software, implementation guides and much more. What is an OPN Certified Specialist, and what value would it bring me to become one?

An Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Certified Specialist is an individual who works for an OPN member company and who has obtained one of the Oracle Certifications that qualifies for an OPN Certified Specialist designation.  As on OPN Certified Specialist you are more credible in the marketplace and can position yourself to your customers or employer to win more business and opportunities that non-specialists may miss out on.   Being a specialist also contributes to getting your company a higher level of specialization in the OPN program. 

I'm confused! What is the difference in the Oracle Certified Specialist, OPN Certified Specialist, and the Partner Specialization?There are three new initiatives that have been released around Oracle PartnerNetwork and you may be getting confused about what is what and what applies to you. The explanation below will help you sort this out.

Oracle Certified Specialist (OCS): This is a new certification level released by the Oracle Certification Program. These certifications are foundation-level certifications that were developed in conjunction with the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) but they are available to all candidates. In some cases, these certifications can be stepping stones for OCA, OCP or OCE certifications. The project list includes a variety of Oracle products, of which many do not have a corresponding certification available today. These certifications are ideal if (1) you work for an Oracle partner (or will be applying soon), (2) your company wants to become an Oracle partner, or (3) you wanted to become Oracle certified in an area that was previously unavailable for certification.

These are standalone certifications that are available to all candidates. Candidates will receive an Oracle Certified Specialist certificate as well as the Oracle Certified Specialist logo.

Partner Specialist Paths (also referred to as OPN Certified Specialist): This certification is granted to individuals. It is an add-on certification that is layered on top of an OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS level certification. This designation is available only to employees of Oracle Partners. Any certification on the Oracle Certification Program Website that is marked with the Oracle PartnerNetwork logo is eligible for this designation. You can view a list of all certifications that are eligible for this add-on designation on our website here.

In order to qualify for this designation, you must enter your Oracle Company ID into your profile at Pearson VUE. You can find instructions on how obtain this ID and how to create or update your profile at Pearson VUE on our website here.

This is not a standalone credential, it is reliant upon a candidate holding an Oracle Certification Program level certification in OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS. This credential is available only to employees of Oracle Partners.

Partner Specialization: OPN Specialization is a company-level designation that refers to Oracle PartnerNetwork member companies. In order for an OPN member company to become OPN Specialized, it must meet a set of global criteria. The criteria include employing a specific number of OPN Certified Specialists in specific Specialization areas.

In what areas is an OPN Certified Specialist designation available?

Click here to see a list of all areas in which you can obtain the OPN Certified Specialist designation.

Will my existing competency qualifications help my company achieve OPN Program Specialization?Yes, if you have the relevant Oracle Champion qualifications on the current versions, then these will count towards your company's competency criteria of specialization. Any Oracle Certified Professional credentials that qualify for the specialization will count towards your company's competency criteria of specialization, regardless of when you obtained the certification. You simply need to enter your OPN Company ID into your Pearson VUE account. How is the OPN Certified Specialist designation different from the OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS certification? The OPN Certified Specialist designation is layered on top of an OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS certification. So, any candidate can obtain the underlying OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS certification and individuals who are members of a partner organization will additionally receive the OPN Certified Specialist designation, provided they enter the correct OPN Company ID in the profile at www.pearsonvue.com/oracle. Will this specialization be made available to all candidates?No. Any candidate can obtain the underlying OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS certification but only individuals who are members of a partner organization will additionally receive the OPN Certified Specialist designation.

Requirements

How do I obtain an OPN Certified Specialist credential?
  • Register in the Knowledge Zones
  • Take recommended or required training depending on the certification path that you choose. Training requirements may be different path by path. There are currently no training requirements for OCS paths, but most existing OCP paths that qualify for the OPN Certified Specialist do require training.
  • Enter your company's complete and correct Company ID when setting up your web account at www.pearsonvue.com/oracle. If you leave this field blank or enter an incorrect number, you will not receive the OPN Certified Specialist designation and your certification will not count toward your company's specialization. You can find more information on how to obtain the Company ID here.
  • Pass the required exam
Is the training required or can I simply take the exam to obtain the certification?Refer to the track page of the certification path you are following. If training is required in the track, you will need to complete the training and submit the course form. If training is not outlined on the track page, it is not required.

Exams

How much do the Oracle Certification exams cost?Cost varies by area of technology and sometimes by country. Please see the individual exam pages for exam prices.

Certification

How can I add the OPN Specialist designation to my credential?

If you are a member of a partner organization, you can obtain the OPN Certified Specialist designation on any OCA, OCP, OCE or OCS credential that boasts this specialization by entering your OPN Company ID at the time you create your web account at www.pearsonvue.com/oracle. This is the most crucial step. You must include the correct OPN Company ID or you will not receive the OPN Certified Specialist designation and your company will not receive credit for your certification.

If you have already created your web account, simply update your profile and add your OPN Company ID. You can obtain this number by signing in to your OPN account or by contacting your local Oracle Partner Business Center. If you already have a web account and previously earned a certification that falls under the OPN Specialist umbrella, once you update your profile with your OPN Company ID, your OPN Certified Specialist designation and logo will be added to your CertView account.

How do I obtain my OPN Company ID?

Candidates can obtain their OPN Company ID by signning in or by contacting their Oracle Partner Business Center.

I already hold a certification that has had an OPN Certified Specialist designation added to it. Can I obtain the specialization on this certification?

In order to obtain the OPN Certified Specialist designation for any relevant certifications that you obtained before the inception of the program, you should simply update your profile at www.pearsonvue.com/oracle and add your OPN Company ID. The OPN Certified Specialist designation and logo will be added to your CertView account.

What happens to my OPN Certified Specialist credential if I leave my current company?

The certification is yours and you will maintain your certification if you leave the Partner Organization. Your specialist certification will also count toward the company specialization of any new Partner Organization you may join. Just remember, you will need to update your OPN Company ID in your profile at pearsonvue.com.

Will I receive an OPN Certified Specialist certificate?

The OPN Certified Specialist designation and logo will be available in your CertView account, but you will not receive a certificate for the designation. However, you WILL receive a certificate for the underlying OCA, OCP, OCE, or OCS credential.