Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson
certification exams are the natural result of a bombardment of
unqualified and untalented Oracle professionals. Many of those
entering Oracle DBA (database administration) jobs are doing it
solely for the salary (Senior Oracle DBAs average over
$100,000/year) without any regard for their qualifications, formal
education or analytical abilities.
The plethora of
under-qualified Oracle professionals has influenced the
certification program as a method for screening Oracle ability and
many companies now
require Oracle OCP or OCM certificates. For example, the
Oracle Academy program notes that a professional Oracle job
requires a four year college degree.
As of 2006 Oracle offers several programs for
Oracle Certified Professions, with varying Oracle certification for
different levels of expertise and job functions:
Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) -
This lower-level certification is offered by Oracle for those
candidates who successfully passed only two of the four OCP
Click here for OCA exam training classes.
Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
- The Oracle certified professional is required to pass four
challenging exams and demonstrate proficiency in all technical
areas of Oracle database administration.
Click here for OCP exam training classes.
Masters (OCM) - The premier Oracle certification,
requiring an OCP plus a challenging on-site practicum.
Historically, Oracle has offered other
certifications, ea h with different requirements. For example
the Oracle 7 certified DBA required proof of experience:
Certified Oracle Masters (COM) -
This certificate required attendance at five Oracle University
classes, with no testing requirements.
Oracle 7 Certified DBA - This
certification required an affidavit from employers warranting at
least five years of full-time experience.
Many companies now required Oracle
certification for employees, especially consulting companies who
must rely on Oracle to certify the skills of a professional.
There are many places to get Oracle training,
and some Oracle professionals prefer training from instructors with
extensive real-world experience, especially for passing the Oracle
certified master hand-on practicum exam: