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Oracle OCM certification tips

Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson

Question:  Is it worth the money to pursue an Oracle Certified Masters (OCM) certificate?  It's a lot of money!

Answer:  The OCM is a relatively new program, but it has far more "expert" status than the OCP for several reasons:

  • Candidates must demonstrate "hands-on" ability to manage an Oracle database

  • Candidates names are proudly listed on the Oracle web site.

For those who are already certified professionals (medical doctor, CPA, certified professional engineer), I would suggest the Oracle Certified Masters (OCM), a challenging two-day Oracle practicum test, where you prove that you can install, configure, manage and tune an Oracle database. 

If you have the time (40-80 hours study time) and money (about $3k, I think), it's a great companion to other professional certifications.   Better still, the OCM is considered more of an "expert" status certification, and Oracle publishes the names of OCM holders on their website.

Why an OCM certification?

Unlike the OCP (a written test which has turned-out thousands of Oracle certified beginners), the OCM is a challenging hands-on practicum where the OCM candidate must demonstrate that they possess the minimum skills to install, configure and maintain an Oracle database.

With less than 300 OCM holders worldwide, the OCM is somewhat prestigious, plus the OCM shows that you have the ability to install and create an Oracle database.

The values of Oracle certification are the source of much debate, and it is somewhat tarnished from the older Certified Oracle Masters (COM) certificates, which were issued in the 1990's for Oracle University students who has attended a series of training classes.

In my opinion, the best Oracle certification of all was the Oracle 7 Chauncy certification because it required the candidate to present evidence that they had real-world work experience.

Who benefits most from an OC?

I recommend that professionals in specific industry niches may benefit the most from becoming OCM certified:

  • Oracle Informaticists - The OCM is great for Oracle Medical Informatics, where the OCM is a nice supplement to medical board certification.

  • Professional Engineers - The OCM is a great supplement to a professional Software Engineers license.

  • Business Professionals - Oracle auditors with a CPA/OCM combination have instant credibility as auditors of Oracle financial systems.

  • Oracle consultants - Being certified by Oracle is a definite plus when presenting yourself to clients who are unfamiliar with your skills.

Oracle OCM Practice

Because the OCM is hands-on, lots of practice is essential, and a mentor can help greatly.  BC offers outstanding one-on-one OCM training and mentoring from Steve Karam, an Oracle OCM and Oracle ACE with a high success rate in fast knowledge transfer.  You can get-together with fellow students  and engage his OCM preparation class, a private group training experience with the hand-on experience that you will need in order to get your OCM, or you can hire an OCM hourly for one-one-one OCM tutoring.

According to Steve Karam (Oracle ACE, the world's youngest OCM holder and OCM curriculum developer), the Oracle Certified Masters will be expanded in 2006 to allow the practicum exam for the Oracle Certified Masters exam to be taken in any Oracle field office.

If you like Oracle tuning, see the book "Oracle Tuning: The Definitive Reference", with 950 pages of tuning tips and scripts. 

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