Oracle waives Oracle University hands-on course requirement for
May 18, 2008
Oracle has been
criticized on OTN for requiring hands-on courses
from Oracle Corporation Partners as a requirement for an Oracle OCP certificate, ignoring an
OCP candidates work
experience and similar hands-on training by superior independent
Oracle web site notes their hands-on course requirements must
be from Oracle University or an Oracle partner:
"Candidates must attend their approved course through one of
Oracle University Training Center, Oracle Authorized Education
- Center or Oracle Authorized Partner
Oracle Academic Initiative
Oracle Internet Academy
Oracle Workforce Development Program "
Francisco Munoz Alvarez, Oracle has waived their hand-on
course requirements for the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
program, allowing any hands-on classes taught by an Oracle Partner
Network (OPN) member, where the instructor is OCP certified.
Francisco also notes that it's not automatic,
you must specifically ask, and he implies that this waiver is done
on a case-by-case basis”
“I'm a Oracle OCP.OCE. I give internal
training to several DBAs, and when asked by Oracle about the
"hands on course requirement" they told Oracle that the course
(in this case Oracle 10g DBA I, II, and Tuning) was given by a
Oracle Certified professional, and Oracle accepted it. . . .
I was told from Oracle the same that
Burleson said, only official training on Oracle University. I
told my guys to try, when connect to prometric page to request
the Hands on approval, they wrote that received the training
from a OPN member and the instructor was a OCP, then 48 hours
later all got their Hands on approved, without any further
I hope this help some people to move on with the OCP, because
the cost and the quality of the course on Oracle University are
Damir Bersinic, an Oracle Certified DBA, author
and trainer, has written an excellent article about Oracle OCP
educational changes in this Certcities article
It was a money grab after all.
Bersinic writes that the
OCP hands-on training requirement smacks of revenue generation
"I have three problems with this
requirement. First, who is to say that Oracle University is the best
place to acquire the necessary skills to become Oracle certified?
There are other resources that can provide the same level of
coverage of the exam topics and DBA roles.
Granted, Oracle's exam objectives map
nicely to the courses offered (on purpose, I'm sure), but how about
those organizations that decide on bringing in someone to train
their people on the same topics outlined in the exam objectives
using non-Oracle material or instructors?
Is the quality of their
training different if the person performing the training is as
qualified or better qualified than Oracle's own instructor?
Furthermore, they're not breaking any
licensing rules since they are legally allowed to use their Oracle
licenses to train their own staff.
My second problem relates to the reason
someone may decide to use a third-party training organization to
provide these in-house classes -- the cost. Oracle University
classes are quite expensive.
By forcing OCP candidates to attend an
Oracle University class Oracle is helping to ensure a revenue stream
for its education division.
Unfortunately, it may also have the
effect of discouraging potential OCP candidates from pursuing their
certification past the OCA stage.
I always thought it was about
getting qualified candidates out into the workforce, though it now
appears the OCP certification is about filling seats in Oracle
This leads me to my third problem -- any of
the Oracle University classes outlined above is valid in satisfying
this requirement. Essentially, simply by sitting an Introduction to
SQL you have satisfied this requirement, but have not learned any of
the skills being tested on the Oracle 9i Database: Fundamentals II
or the Oracle 9i Database: Performance Tuning exams, which are
required to attain the OCP credential.
If Oracle wanted to introduce
a course requirement and gear it towards the OCP credential, why not
require that candidates attend a class corresponding to the exams
required for the OCP designation specifically instead of any Oracle