Congratulations, OCP! But What’s Next?

October 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Certification Paths, Oracle | Leave a comment
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Now that you’ve earned your Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification, what’s next? That may be the question you are asking yourself, or you might be wondering what you can do to complement your OCP. At the same time, you want to continue to grow in your knowledge of all things Oracle and prove to yourself, your colleagues, and potential employers that you have reached an expert level of understanding in Oracle related technology areas.

The OCM (Oracle Certified Master) may be something you’re not ready for yet, but there are several Certified Expert certification programs which may be a good fit to your experience and skills. These programs grant credentials that recognize competency in specific technologies which are valuable “add-on” recognitions to an existing Oracle Certified Professional or Certified Associate.

One expert certification program, which is aimed at both DBAs and Oracle Developers, is the Oracle Database: SQL Certified Expert. IT professionals who have earned this certification have proved that they know a lot more about the SQL language than “select splat from table.” Like many of the Oracle Certified Expert programs, this one only requires you to pass a single comprehensive exam, the 1Z0-047. I should warn you in advance that the exam is worthy of its status as the gate to enter the “Expert” level. This particular program does not require any prior certification or training course attendance as a prerequisite, so it’s a great opportunity for holders of OCP certifications to add another certification to their repertoire, as well as for newbies who are looking for their first Oracle certification. This particular exam is near and dear to my heart since I’ve been working for the last month to release the updated version of the Transcender practice exam for this certification at the 11gR2 level.

For those who are interested in demonstrating their level of expertise in other technology areas, Oracle also offers these certifications to DBAs:

  • an Oracle 10g and 11g RAC Expert level certification (the 11g also includes Grid Control)
  • an Oracle 10g Oracle on Linux Expert level Certification
  • an Oracle 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert.

Developers using Oracle’s Application Express also have an opportunity to prove their expertise with this product through the Oracle Application Express Developer Certified Expert.

While some of the Expert programs do not have prerequisites, others do, and may require courses or other certifications prior to the awarding of the Expert certificate. As always, you should start by checking out the full details at the Oracle Certification website: http://education.oracle.com/certification.

Enjoying myself at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Look for more Oracle updates this week!
–Bob aka OracleTestGuy

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