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Oracle8i OCP to be retired in January-March 2004

March 8, 2004

According to Jim DiIanni, Oracle’s director of certification, the Oracle8i OCP certification will soon be retired.  This is bad news for those who object to the requirement to that all candidates must take a training course from an Oracle University approved training center.  Some OCP candidates argue that the Oracle University classes are expensive and do not provide as high a quality as independent Oracle trainers.

We hear that Savvy Oracle professionals are rushing to complete the Oracle8i OCP before it is retired in March 2004.  The Oracle web site states that if you start the Oracle8i OCP prior to the retirement of the program, you have six-month to complete it.  This effectively circumvents the Oracle-approved training requirement.

With the introduction of the 9i DBA Associate (DBA OCA), you introduced an option to take an exam online [#1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL]. How is that working out?

DiIanni: It’s actually working very well. We’ve had a lot of real positive responses around that exam, and there’s no indication that it has negatively impacted the integrity of the exam or impacted the integrity of the certification program. And it provides an opportunity for more people to take the exam, [offering} a low barrier to entry to come into the certification program.

Right now, the exam only counts toward the OCA DBA, and those pursuing the OCP must take the proctored version, correct? Are you considering allowing the online version to count toward the OCP as well?

DiIanni: No, it does count toward the OCP, so [OCP candidates] can take that either online or they can take it at an approved Prometric Test Center). Either medium in which they take it, it still applies to their certification.

That one exam is also the first exam in the Application Developer 9i Form certification. And we have also since changed it to where it counts in the 8i certification track.

How does that work?

DiIanni: Well, in the existing 8i DBA certification track, we had an introduction to Oracle SQL PL/SQL exam. And then we launched this new exam, which is the only 9i SQL exam, but it doesn’t have PL/SQL on it. We just thought that with the DBA job role, DBAs really don’t need to know a lot about PL/SQL. So we incorporated that Oracle 9i exam [into the 8i track] – you can take one or the other now.

We looked at it and wondered are we really are going to compromise the exam by putting it out there, or do anything to diminish the value of the credential because it’s for all practical purposes now a low stakes exam?…But the reality is that a lot of people who are coming in for certification have probably had exposure to SQL, so we feel like it’s not compromising the integrity of the program.

What about the 8i track as a whole, how much life do you think that still has in it?

DiIanni: I think we will probably look at announcing our retirement for the 8i certification somewhere in the January to March timeframe of 2004. When we announced the retirement, we’ll give people a year to complete the track…We have to give people the opportunity to migrate. Then it will be fairly well aligned with our product releases as well…obviously then will see greater adoption in 9i and then also with the release of 10g.

Read other Oracle News on OCP Oracle certification:

February 2, 2004 - Oracle India cuts OCP test costs - News Today - India
March 2, 2004     - Oracle Applications Certification stalled - Don Burleson
March 2, 2004     - Oracle announces retirement of Oracle8i OCP - Don Burleson
March 3, 2004     - Oracle10g OCP certification upgrade coming for 10g this year - Don Burleson
March 4, 2004     - Oracle issues over 200k Oracle certification certificates - Don Burleson



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