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Hi everyone,

We have just wrapped up a huge run of certification development and releases in April that resulted in an unusually large edition last month. Fortunately this May 2009 E-Magazine feels a little more normal. Even so, there are a few important items that you won’t want to miss:

  • The retirement of several exams related to retirement of the Application Developer R.6i OCP track, including exam 1Z0-001. This exam is also key to several database administrator tracks including the Oracle9i DBA OCA and Application Developer R.9i OCA, so be sure to check out the alternatives.
  • New training options for the Siebel 8 Consultant tracks
  • A brand new PL/SQL exam (1Z1-144) launched in beta

As always, be sure to check out our website as well as our blog for the latest information!

Thanks,


Paul Sorensen | Director, Oracle Certification

 

ORACLE CERTIFICATION NEWS

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK HELPS SHAPE THE ORACLE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK HELPS SHAPE THE ORACLE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMWe want to thank you for the suggestions that you submit to us!
We get a great amount of feedback and suggestions from students and certification candidates about tweaks and changes that we should make to the Oracle Certification Program. The suggestions are very diverse and range from small to monumental.

Examples of small suggested changes include accept a new course towards the Hands-on Course Requirement or adding some information to our website. These types of changes are often easy to make and tend to get implemented more frequently than not.

On the other hand, we’ve also received large suggested changes. We even recently had some people become very insistent that we make major changes to the database-related tracks, such as scrapping the OCA, throwing out the course requirement, and making the OCP exams like the OCM exams. Because most of the changes that we make are on a limited and calculated scale and are incremental in nature, we won’t be doing anything drastic or major like that anytime soon.

Some of the reasons that we typically do not make sweeping significant modifications to the program include:

Disruption

Big changes are disruptive. There are literally thousands of people in the process of getting certified right now at one level or another. Major program changes interrupt their progress and their preparation.

Cost

Large changes are typically costly. Major changes would pose great cost to Oracle, which would in turn result in increased costs to the candidate. For example, re-formatting the OCP exam so it could be like the OCM exam would skyrocket the price to roughly $1,000 (USD) per exam – an astronomical increase from its current price of only $125 dollars (USD). Additionally, we could then be limited to only being able to offer the exams in a select few locations, resulting in candidates needing to travel great distances in order to sit the exam.

Confusion

Major changes create confusion to students, partners, and employers. A few years ago we undertook a large effort when we modified the program in Japan in order to more closely align it with the global program. Significant changes were made to both the track structure and the certification naming conventions. An unwanted side effect of this update was noticeable confusion among people in understanding how the old credentials fit under the revised program. Version and level upgrades became confusing, and unfortunately—the number of participants dropped for several years afterward. Additionally, we received a countless number of complaints related to the change.

So we are sorry to disappoint those of your who look for wide and significant changes to the program, we will continue to work on incremental things that add value to our credentials, make them more accessible, and provide tools and offerings that help to enhance the careers of those whom we certify.  

HOW DO WE SELECT WHICH CERTIFICATIONS TO BUILD?

HOW DO WE SELECT WHICH CERTIFICATIONS TO BUILD?We’ve received many questions that basically ask, “How do you choose which certifications to build?” We think it’s a great question, and thought it would be good to share the answer with you here.

Obviously—given the sheer number of Oracle products—we are not able to build a certification for every Oracle product. But there are several major parameters that we use when considering new certification offerings.

Definition

In order to build a certification, we first define that certification with (a) a clearly identifiable job role and (b) a reasonable level and scope of difficulty—based upon training and experience—that fits exactly how the product is administered, developed, deployed, and so on. This is a large task that can be much more difficult than it may sound. Oracle University takes great care to avoid defining a certification that is too broad (making it inaccessible to most) or is too narrow (and hence, diluting its value).
Another key consideration is that the nature of some products may either be too diverse, or are packaged in such a manner that a certification would not be warranted.

An additional factor that we consider in defining the certification model is the actual product’s roadmap and revision cycles.

Demand

Based upon the certification’s definition, we then begin an assessment to determine how many people will actually certify once the certification is built, and compare this to the forecast cost of building the certification. Industry estimates currently put the cost of developing a single certification exam between $30,000 and $50,000.

The decision to build a certification, therefore, requires that we have a minimum number of people to participate—not only to justify the financial cost, but also to participate in the beta testing period, which is key to ensuring sound, statistical data for strong psychometric exam validity.

Development Resources

A large number of people are required to develop the exam, including SMEs (subject matter experts), project managers to manage the development, and psychometricians to guide the exam’s item selection, passing score determination and other analysis requirements. With each exam typically being a multiple-month project, the time and effort required of these development resources can be significant.

Although there are other minor factors as well, these considerations above are some of the key initial issues that we account for when making the decision whether to create a new Oracle certification. Ignoring or deviating from these decision points can result in disappointing results in the certification track. Consequently, we at Oracle University take great care to ensure that sound assessment principles are employed before making the decision to launch a new certification.

 

 

ORACLE CERTIFICATION SALARY SURVEY UPDATE

Take the Oracle Certification Salary SurveyWe just closed the Oracle Certification Salary Survey a few days ago, and are now compiling and analyzing the data. Here’s a big “thank you” to all of you who completed the survey.

The survey ran through mid-May, and is something that we hope will shed some good insight into the salaries that certified people earn, how they compare globally, and how holding one or more Oracle certifications has benefited your earnings.

Stay tuned, as we’re looking forward to sharing the results both here and on our blog.

 

 

ORACLE UNIVERSITY EMEA HOSTS NEW “BUSINESS BRAIN TRAINING SEMINAR”

ORACLE UNIVERSITY EMEA HOSTS NEW BUSINESS BRAIN TRAINING SEMINARPreparing for a certification exam? Then you know that dealing with information overload is a huge challenge in today's business environment. The explosion of information and continuous pressure to increase productivity make it necessary that we acquire techniques to learn faster, and process information in less time and with less stress.

Oracle University EMEA is offering the Business Brain Training Seminar  on May 19-20th 2009 in London. This seminar combines speed reading, mind mapping, memory training, and creative thinking to help you work smarter and more efficiently.

For more information or questions, call (800) 358-1058 / +44 845 777 7711, or email eduquery_uk@oracle.com .

QUICK LINKS:

  1. Business Brain Training Seminar: Find Out More
  2. Lean More: Email Oracle University
 

ORACLE DATABASE CERTIFICATION

BETA TESTING OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES FOR TWO DATABASE CERTIFICATION EXAMS (1Z1-053, 1Z1-054)

BETA TESTING OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES FOR TWO DATABASE CERTIFICATION EXAMS (1Z1-053, 1Z1-054)Extended beta period continues until June 30, 2009 for two Oracle Database certification exams:

  1. 1Z1-053 – Oracle Database 11g: Administration II
  2. 1Z1-054 – Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning

Exam 1Z1-053 is a single exam requirement for those holding the Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate (OCA) to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional (OCP).
Exam 1Z1-054 is a single exam requirement for Oracle 11g DBA OCPs to earn the Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

Beta exams  are an excellent way to directly provide your input into the final version of the certification exam as well as be one of the very first certified in the track. Furthermore, passing the beta counts for full final exam credit.

Certification exam candidates can register now online at Prometric.

QUICK LINKS:

  1. Register For Exams: Prometric Testing
  2. Certification Tracks:
    1. Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional (OCP)
    2. Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (OCE)
  3. Certification Exams:
    1. 1Z1-053 – Oracle Database 11g: Administration II
    2. 1Z1-054 – Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning
  4. Learn More: Oracle Certification Beta Exams
 

ORACLE SOON TO RETIRE “MANAGING ORACLE9I ON LINUX” SPECIAL ACCREDITATION

ORACLE SOON TO RETIRE “MANAGING ORACLE9I ON LINUX” SPECIAL ACCREDITATIONThe Managing Oracle9i on Linux special accreditation and its related exam will be retired effective August 31, 2009. The exam, Managing Oracle9i on Linux (1Z0-036), may be taken up to this date, after which time it will no longer be available through Prometric or any other avenue.Those working with Linux should consider the newer Oracle Database 10g: Managing Oracle on Linux Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

CREDENTIAL VALIDITY

Please note that for those holding the Managing Oracle9i on Linux special accreditation that the credential remains valid indefinitely. This retirement, therefore, has no effect on those currently holding the certification or who complete the certification requirements before August 31. 2009.

QUICK LINKS

  1. Register For Exam: Prometric Testing
  2. Retiring Special Accreditation: Managing Oracle9i on Linux
  3. Recommended: Oracle Database 10g: Managing Oracle on Linux Certified Expert (OCE)
  4. Exam: Managing Oracle9i on Linux (1Z0-036)
  5. Learn More: Oracle Certification Retirements
 

ORACLE MIDDLEWARE CERTIFICATION

BETA TESTING BEGINS FOR NEW “PROGRAM WITH PL/SQL” CERTIFICATION EXAM (1Z1-144)

ORACLE UNIVERSITY (OU) RELEASES NEW PL/SQL CERTIFICATION: ORACLE ADVANCED PL/SQL DEVELOPER CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL (OCP)Beta testing has just begun for the new “Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL” certification exam (1Z1-144) certification beta exam. This test 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 are encouraged to register for and take the beta exam while it is still available at the special beta price of $50 USD. Beta exams are an excellent way to directly provide your input into the final version of the certification exam as well as be one of the very first certified in the track. Furthermore—passing the beta counts for full final exam credit.

For more information and exam details—including exam objectives, test details, training options, and registration information—please visit the “Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL” certification exam (1Z1-144) exam page.

QUICK LINKS:

  1. Register For Exam: Prometric Testing
  2. Certification Exam:
    1. Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL (1Z1-144)
  3. Certification Tracks:
    1. Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate (OCA)
    2. Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP)
  4. Learn More: Oracle Certification Beta Exams
 

ORACLE RETIRES ORACLE INTERNET APPLICATION DEVELOPER REL. 6I OCP TRACK

ORACLE RETIRES ORACLE INTERNET APPLICATION DEVELOPER REL. 6I OCP TRACKOracle has retired the Oracle Internet Application Developer Rel. 6i Certified Professional (OCP) certification track and its related exams.

Those working with Oracle PL/SQL and Forms are encouraged to earn the newer Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP), and Oracle Forms Developer Certified Professional (OCP) certifications.
On April 30, Oracle retired the following four exams:

  • 1Z0-001 – Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL
  • 1Z0-101 – Develop PL/SQL Program Units
  • 1Z0-131 – Build Internet Applications I
  • 1Z0-132 – Build Internet Applications II

Exams 1Z0-001 and 1Z0-101 were also part of several Oracle certification tracks that are not being retired. Those who passed these exams prior to April 30, 2009 were awarded credit towards the non-retired certification tracks.

ALTERNATES FOR EXAM 1Z0-001

Exam 1Z0-001 was only one of four SQL-related exam options; the remaining exam options currently available are:

CERTIFICATION VALIDITY

Please note that for those holding the Internet Application Developer Rel. 6i OCP certification that the credential remains valid indefinitely. This retirement, therefore, has no effect on those currently holding the certification or who completed the certification requirements before April 30.

QUICK LINKS

  1. Register For Exams: Prometric Testing
  2. Certification Tracks
    1. Oracle Internet Application Developer Rel. 6i Certified Professional (OCP)
    2. Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate (OCA)
    3. Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP)
    4. Oracle Forms Developer Certified Professional (OCP)
    5. Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate (OCA)
    6. Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate
    7. Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate
  3. Certification Exams
    1. 1Z0-007 – Introduction to Oracle9i SQL
    2. 1Z0-047 – Oracle Database SQL Expert
    3. 1Z0-051 – Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I
  4. Learn More: Oracle Certification Retirements
 

ORACLE E-BUSINESS SUITE CERTIFICATION

BETA TESTING OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES FOR “E-BUSINESS SUITE R12: SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION” EXAM (1Z1-206)

BETA TESTING OPPORTUNITY CONTINUES FOR E-BUSINESS SUITE R12: SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION EXAM (1Z1-206)Extended beta period continues until June 30, 2009 for the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) R12: System Administration exam (1Z1-206). Exam 1Z1-206 is the only exam required to earn the Oracle E-Business Suite R12 System Administrator Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

This new EBS R12 certification tests candidates in their ability to effectively manage the Oracle R12 Applications environment and architecture and measures competency for the foundational skills required to highlight the key parameters necessary to analyze system activity and performance.

Candidates are encouraged to register for and take the beta exam while it is still available at the special beta price of $50 USD. Beta exams are an excellent way to directly provide your input into the final version of the certification exam as well as be one of the very first certified in the track. Furthermore—passing the beta counts for full final exam credit.

Register now online at Prometric. Please note that this beta exam will not be extended further beyond June 30. For more on this new Oracle certification track or about Oracle certification beta exams, visit the quick links below.

QUICK LINKS:

  1. Register For Exam: Prometric Testing
  2. Certification Track: Oracle E-Business Suite R12 System Administrator Certified Expert (OCE)
  3. Certification Exam: Oracle E-Business Suite R12: System Administration (1Z1-206)
  4. Learn More: Oracle Certification Beta Exams
 

ORACLE PEOPLESOFT CERTIFICATION

TWO NEW TRAINING PATHS RELEASED FOR SIEBEL 8 CERTIFICATION CANDIDATES

Oracle University has released four new Siebel 8.1.x training courses, resulting in a total of four possible training paths available for the Siebel 8 Consultant Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

In addition to the existing Siebel 8.0 training options, candidates may now choose from the following two new Siebel 8.1.x training paths:

    1. A single 15-day Siebel 8.1.x Core Consultant Course (to be released), or
    2. A combination of three 5-day Siebel 8.1.x courses (Tools, Business Automation, and Installation & System Administration)

Any one of the below training paths will now meet the requirements for Siebel 8 Consultant Certification:

Because the Siebel 8.0 Consultant certification exam is supported by both the Siebel 8.0 and Siebel 8.1 training tracks, any of these training paths above are appropriate for preparing for the Siebel 8 Consultant certification exam (1Z0-202). Candidates, however, are encouraged to choose and then remain upon a single path to ensure the smoothest and quickest exam preparation.

For an overview  and more detailed information about Siebel 8 certification, please visit the Siebel 8 Consultant Certified Expert track page.

QUICK LINKS:

  1. Register For Exam: Prometric Testing
  2. Certification Track: Siebel 8 Consultant Certified Expert (OCE)
  3. Certification Exam: Siebel 8 Consultant (1Z0-202)
  4. Certification Training:
    1. Siebel 8.1.x Tools
    2. Siebel 8.1.x Business Automation
    3. Siebel 8.1.x Installation and System Administration
    4. Siebel 8.1.x Core Consultant Course (release TBD)
    5. Siebel 8.0 Essentials
    6. Siebel 8.0 Implementation Case Study (Siebel 8.0)
    7. Siebel 8.0 Core Consultant Course