Oracle Certification Program
Oracle certifications are tangible, industry-recognized credentials that can help you succeed in your IT career and provide measurable benefits to your employer.
Oracle certifications are a reliable validation of training and experience that can accelerate your professional development, improve your productivity, and enhance your credibility.
For IT professionals and managers, each Oracle Certification level signifies a benchmark of experience and expertise recognized for its value and relevance in the IT industry. Today there are over 350,000 Oracle Certified Professionals worldwide.
Oracle OCP Certification: Introduction
Oracle started in 1977 with an aim of building a new type of database called Relational Database. Ever since, Oracle has launched various versions of its database. Just to give you a brief idea of the rate at which Oracle launches new products, here are some important dates:
1997: Oracle 8 released to support network computing
1999: Oracle 8i released to support applications on Internet platform
2001: Oracle 9i released with key enhancements in speed, reliability, and new features like Real Application Clusters
Currently, Oracle provides a series of products including a database and an application server to develop and deploy J2EE applications. Since most organizations use Oracle databases, there is a huge demand for Oracle Database Administrators as well as Application Developers.
Types of Oracle Certifications
Based on the job profiles of people working on Oracle technologies, Oracle has identified the following certification tracks:
Database Administrator (DBA)
Which Oracle Certification track should you seek?
Database Administrator: Database Administrators are responsible for administrative activities like installing database, taking backups, managing and fine-tuning performance over the network, and data recovery. They have the knowledge of basic architecture of the Oracle database.
Application Developer: Application Developers are responsible for developing applications on Oracle. They should have a good knowledge of SQL, PL/SQL, and developing Internet applications using Form Builder and Report Builder.
When should you think of Oracle Certification?
Oracle University is constantly upgrading the OCP certification tracks to groom professionals to work with new Oracle products. Once you have completed one of the tracks of your choice, you just need to take just few exams (usually 1) to upgrade yourself in a new version. Therefore, we think taking certification exams is a continuous process. It is a structured way to update your knowledge with changes in technology. So, you should think of Oracle Certification from the day you decide to work in Oracle to the day you actually start working with Oracle.
Once you have decided which Oracle Certification Track to go for, download the Candidate Guide for the OCP track you are pursuing. The guide contains test topics, preparation, and registration material. It is highly recommended by the Oracle Certification Program that candidates review the Test Content Checklist before completing an exam. You may also review the Checklist online.
According to Certmag's 2003 Salary Survey:
71% of respondents felt self-study books were valuable in preparing for the exam.
67.6% of respondents felt that practice exams, such as exam simulators were valuable in preparing for the exam.