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Alternatives to Oracle University training

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There are many independent Oracle training vendors (like my company) who claim that their training is cheaper and better quality than Oracle University:

One of the common complaints I hear about Oracle university is the high cost and that that the instructors may not have enough years of real-world experience.  Our alternative to Oracle University training is totally independent from Oracle, and our independence allows us to offer outstanding training at a lower overall cost.

Unlike Oracle University classes where you buy a seat in a class, BC Oracle training brings an Oracle expert into your shop, to teach customized Oracle topics, in your shop, on your database.


Inside OCP Certification

According to Jim DiIanni, Oracle's director of certification, the Oracle OCP certification will retire the Oracle8i OCP (which does not require a class from an Oracle University approved training center) before summer 2004: "I think we will probably look at announcing our retirement for the 8i certification somewhere in the January to March timeframe of 2004."

This is important for those Oracle professionals who resent the requirement that only Oracle-University approved training is accepted. 

To circumvent the Oracle University training requirement, savvy Oracle professionals are choosing to take the Oracle8i OCP which does not have the training requirement.  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.

Starting with the OracleDBA OCP, Oracle changed their rules to require several controversial changes:

Requirement to take a class from Oracle University

The Oracle OCP class list class list is easier.  The 10g OCP requires a 10g class from Oracle University.

Damir Bersinic, an Oracle certified DBA, says it all in an op-ed article titled It Was a Money Grab after all, published in  Bersinic wrote:

 "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 University classes."

Unproctored Exam

According to Lynne McLaughlin, Sun Microsystems' worldwide training manager, quoted from, there is a large potential for fraud:

"Someone could easily log on and then have someone else sit down and take the test. "You can't call it certification and do it over the Web [un-proctored] and stay out of legal trouble," she cautions, "because you can't prove that the person is who they said they were."

Read other Oracle News on OCP Oracle certification:

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


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