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:
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
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
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
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.
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