Oracle certified expert?
Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson
Oracle has recently instituted a
set of exams whereby anyone can become an "Oracle
Certified Expert", with no experience required.
I've published about the experience requirement
to become an Oracle expert, and I
firmly believe that becoming an expert in any technology requires many years of
experience. There have been many incidents in the media about
fake Oracle experts:
Haskins admitted that Allen, represented as
having "over nine years of trial-and-error from painstaking research" and
now acknowledged as "a promising top expert in the field of Oracle database
security," is in fact a figment of his imagination.
"There is no Robert Allen," he said. "It's
a marketing figure".
Is Oracle going out on a limb, certifying
people as experts, with no real-world experience requirement?
- What happens when an Oracle certified
expert makes a terrible mistake, and it's shown in court that they are not a
"real" expert? Will Oracle be liable for damages?
- Will US courts accept the Oracle Certified
Expert designation as justification for being an expert witness?
It's going to be interesting to see if there is
any fallout from this new Oracle certification, especially when it's generally
agreed that one can only become an expert after many years of full-time work
What do you think about the Oracle Certified
Send me an e-mail with your comments.
Steve Karam (Oracle ACE,
Oracle Certified Master) comments:
Unless Oracle somehow lets companies know
that these ?expert? certifications can be had without a single prerequisite
(in some cases), I could see the entire certification program losing its
credibility, just like the MCSE did at some point.
I know several people who get an OCA or OCP nowadays with little to no
experience, but Oracle at the least requires them take a class (meaning they
probably have to at least work for a company that wants them to do Oracle).
Those three bottom expert certifications though, they have no prerequisites
Ben Prusinski (www.dbaprofessional.com)
My view is that without real and verify method
of actual work experience for Oracle jobs is that these certifications are not
that great. If the candidate has experience to back up the certification that is
alright. However, I am concerned that Oracle is going the same route as many
vendors such as Microsoft (i.e. McDBA) to garner money versus quality.
If I interviewed two candidates for a senior level Oracle DBA job, one has
certifications and little real experience and the other has a decade of solid
experience then the clear winner would be the seasoned candidate not a paper