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New database certifications suggest that work experience counts


In this SearchOracle article we see that Microsoft is considering "Making years of experience count" for a SQL Server DBA certification (the McDBA - Microsoft Certified DBA):,289142,sid41_gci1107033,00.html


One of the problems with the current system is that it's not possible to distinguish between a certified individual with 10 years of experience and another person with only one year of experience, Valvano said.


As one example of how the program will look, the developer track for the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential will have three paths. One path will be for database administrators, one for database developers and one for a business intelligence developer. Each certification will drill down into the core functions of each role.


The lack of experience problem is critical for Oracle hiring managers who wish that Oracle certification would return to the criteria used back in Oracle7, where a Oracle certification candidate was required to get an affidavit certifying that they possessed several years of verifiable full-time DBA experience.  According to Janet Burleson, author of the bestselling book "Conducting the Programmer Job Interview”, Oracle OCP certification tells little more than that the candidate was able to pass the test.


“I’ve seen OCP certified Oracle DBA’s who were useless as working DBA’s in the real-world.  The real differentiator of DBA value is real-world, verifiable work experience.”


Donald K. Burleson, author of “Conducting the Oracle Job Interview” also notes that some OCP certified job candidates will fudge their resumes, attempting to substitute self-learning for real-world experience:


Entire Oracle-related web sites are devoted to the ludicrous proposition that self-teaching themselves amounts to real experience, replete with meaningless artificial examples and false conclusions, giving the neophyte the false sense of security that they will find an employer gullible enough to believe this hogwash.


Some desperate job candidates fudge their resumes in a feeble attempt to convince the hiring manager that their “hands on research” is somehow a substitute for real-world experience”


But the lack of experience issue appears to permeate to the vendor.  One catch-22 of Oracle OCP certification is that the OCP candidates attend at least one course offered by Oracle University.  Some claim that instructors from Oracle University (Oracle Corporation’s official training operation), sometimes placed before students without significant real-world experience:


My previous company sent us to some training presented by "Oracle University" to help get us familiar with a new tool. The instructor did a pretty good job explaining what was in the books.


After the class we brought him upstairs to look at what we were doing and it was way over his head.  The guy had never even worked as a programmer.


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