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Hi Everyone,

It´s a busy December for both us and Oracle Partner Network (OPN) organization, with the launch of the new OPN Levels and Specialization. We share some good information here about the first few exams being launched now.

Additionally Harald van Breederode is an Oracle Certified Master from The Netherlands who shares some good insight this month into earning the Oracle Certified Master (OCM) certification. As many of you may know, Harald authored the very popular DBA 1.0 and DBA 2.0 booklets along with Joel Goodman, who has been featured in some of our recent video segments.

The Oracle Database 11g OCM Upgrade Exam goes live at the end of next month. Read more below and be sure to check out the Oracle Certification website for the details on upgrading your certification to the latest version of Oracle's most elite DBA certification level.

If you have any questions for Oracle Certification customer service, feel free to write them directly at ocpexam_ww@oracle.com. And as always, we encourage your questions and feedback on the Oracle Certification Blog.

Regards,

Paul Sorensen | Director, Oracle Certification

 

ORACLE CERTIFICATION NEWS

Q&A: ORACLE CERTIFICATION PRACTICE EXAMS

New Online Tutorials Now Available for CertView"We are all about high-quality exam-like questions with real comprehensive explanations that help the learner not only study but also learn and be better prepared for certification exams and confident that they’re really going to pass the exam the first time."
--John Shapiro, Self Test Software



This month, we’re featuring a special interview with John Shapiro, Vice President with Self Test Software. In this brief discussion, John shares some good things to know about Oracle Certification practice exams and Self Test Software, including:

  • What practice tests are available for Oracle Certification? How do you access them?
  • How can you get the most out of your practice test?
  • What’s the difference between your legitimate practice test and a brain-dump site?
  • How can you effectively check your progress using the practice test?
  • When are you ready to take the actual certification exam?

CLICK HERE to watch this new video from Oracle Certification.

For more information about Oracle Certification practice exams and Self Test Software, visit SelfTestSoftware.com/Oracle.
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OPN LAUNCHES NEW ORACLE PARTNER LEVELS, “OPN SPECIALIZED”

Considered to be the most significant program evolution in over a decade, the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) unveiled its new OPN Specialized program on December 1, 2009.

Specialization is a key focus of the new program, giving Oracle partners the opportunity to gain the differentiation and competitive edge needed to stand out in the marketplace. Specialization is achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success to be recognized by Oracle, and preferred by customers.

Partners wishing to obtain the high level benefits of the new Gold and Platinum partner levels must earn at least one specialization. Those partners who earn specialization in at least one area (and up to four areas) are eligible for entry to the Gold level, which allows access to the full spectrum of Oracle products. Those partners who obtain five or more specializations qualify for the elite Platinum partner program level, which is the highest partner program level offered by Oracle.

Oracle Certification candidates who provide their OPN Company ID number when registering for and successfully completing select Oracle Certification exams will - in addition to earning the base certification - also be awarded the Oracle Partner Network Certified Specialist designation for that area as well.

To learn more about these new OPN levels and specialization, visit the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) website. To view a list of certifications that qualify for the OPN Certified Specialist designation, visit OPN Certified Specialist Paths on the Oracle Certification Website.
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ORACLE CERTIFICATION PROFILE: HARALD VAN BREEDERODE

Harald van Breederode is a DBA trainer working for Oracle University in The Netherlands, whose primary job role is to train Oracle Database Administrators (DBA) in using Oracle Database and associated products (such as Oracle Enterprise Linux). Harald is a regular speaker at various User Group conferences and is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) on Oracle8i, Oracle9i, Oracle10g and Oracle11g as well as an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) on Oracle10g and Oracle11g.

In this video interview, Oracle Certified Master (OCM) Harald van Breederode shares some helpful insights into:

  • Why he switched from being a full-time Unix Administrator to Oracle Database administrator and then later - a trainer with Oracle University.
  • His involvement with the Oracle Certification Program, including the development of multiple Oracle Database certification exams.
  • His recent “DBA x.0” series (1.0, 2.0) authored with Joel Goodman.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.
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ORACLE DATABASE CERTIFICATION

NOW LIVE: “ORACLE DATABASE 11g: PERFORMANCE TUNING” EXAM (1Z0-054)

The new “Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning” certification exam (1Z0-054) is now live, which is a single exam requirement for Oracle 11g DBA OCPs to earn the Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

This certification endorses those database administrators, support engineers, and technical consultants who have demonstrated their knowledge and skills using Oracle Database 11g automatic tuning features, including SQL Tuning Advisor, SQL Access Advisor, Automatic Workload Repository and Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor.

Candidates taking this exam at test centers will now receive their exam scores and pass/fail status immediately at the completion of their exam. Score reports have just been shipped to those candidates who participated in the beta period. If you participated in beta testing and did not yet receive your score report, please contact ocpexam_ww@oracle.com.
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NEW: ORACLE DATABASE 11G IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST

Beta testing has begun for the new “Oracle Database 11g Essentials for Implementors” certification exam (1Z1-514). This exam is required to earn the new Oracle Database 11g Implementation Specialist certification and can be taken at Pearson VUE Testing Centers worldwide.

The Oracle Database 11g Implementation Specialist certification endorses intermediate-level implementation team members who focus on implementing the Oracle Database. Because of the technical level of this exam, up-to-date training and field experience are highly recommended.

Individuals who provide their OPN Company ID number when registering will also be awarded the Oracle Partner Network Certified Specialist designation, which helps their company qualify for Oracle Database Specialization status.

The beta test contains 100-120 questions, and up to 120 minutes are allowed to complete the exam. Candidates will receive their final score and pass/fail status after the completion of the beta period.

To learn more about the new Oracle Partner Network levels and specialization, visit the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) website.
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NOW LIVE: "ORACLE CERTIFICATION DATABASE 11G OCM (UPGRADE)" EXAM

The Oracle Certification Program is pleased to announce that the new Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Upgrade Exam (one-day practicum) is now available for scheduling.

On December 7, 2009, Oracle Certification released the [one-day] upgrade exam, which provides a path for those already certified as OCM on Oracle9i or Oracle Database 10g to upgrade their certification to Oracle Database 11g Oracle Certified Master.

Special Note:
Candidates upgrading their OCM certification to 11g via this 1-day upgrade exam do not need to first upgrade their OCP certification. You will instead be granted the 11g OCP certification along with the 11g OCM certification once you have passed the necessary OCM upgrade exam (and any additional required exams), and completed the Course Submission Form.

To see the new paths as well as FAQs, visit our Oracle Database 11g OCM Upgrade Exam announcement page.
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ORACLE MIDDLEWARE CERTIFICATION

NOW LIVE: “PROGRAM WITH PL/SQL” CERTIFICATION EXAM (1Z0-144)

The new “Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL” certification exam (1Z0-144 ) is now live, which is offered as an alternative option to taking existing exam 1Z0-147 (Program with PL/SQL) for both the Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP) certification tracks.

Candidates taking this exam at test centers will now receive their exam scores and pass/fail status immediately at the completion of their exam. Score reports have just been shipped to those candidates who participated in the beta period. (Note: if you participated in beta testing and did not yet receive your score report, please contact ocpexam_ww@oracle.com.)

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NEW: ORACLE SERVICE ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE SPECIALIST

Beta testing has begun for the new “Oracle SOA Foundation Practitioner” certification exam (1Z1-451). This exam is required to earn the new Oracle Service Oriented Architecture Specialist certification and can be taken at Pearson VUE Testing Centers worldwide.

The Oracle Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Specialist has a conceptual and practical understanding of the primary components of the Fusion Middleware SOA Suite, including BPEL process engine and Oracle Service Bus; and is familiar with basic Service Oriented Architecture concepts.

This candidate is able to install, configure, maintain and manage the SOA Suite, construct basic Service Bus and Process driven integration patterns, deploy code/meta data, and maintain and manage the Oracle instances

Individuals who provide their OPN Company ID number when registering will also be awarded the Oracle Partner Network Certified Specialist designation, which helps their company qualify for Oracle Database Specialization status.

The beta test contains 100-120 questions, and up to 120 minutes are allowed to complete the exam. Candidates will receive their final score and pass/fail status after the completion of the beta period.

To learn more about the new Oracle Partner Network levels and specialization, visit the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) website.
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ORACLE APPLICATIONS CERTIFICATION

NEW: JD EDWARDS ENTERPRISEONE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST

Beta testing has begun for the new “JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management Essentials” certification exam (1Z1-522). This exam is required to earn the new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management Implementation Specialist certification and can be taken at Pearson VUE Testing Centers worldwide.

The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management Implementation Specialist certification endorses those technical specialists who focus on selling and implementing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Financial Management modules.

Individuals who provide their OPN Company ID number when registering will also be awarded the Oracle Partner Network Certified Specialist designation, which helps their company qualify for Oracle Database Specialization status.

The beta test contains 100-120 questions, and up to 120 minutes are allowed to complete the exam. Candidates will receive their final score and pass/fail status after the completion of the beta period.

To learn more about the new Oracle Partner Network levels and specialization, visit the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) website.
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