Oracle Makes Changes to Cert Requirements

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Raising the Bar on Oracle Certification



To increase the value of its certifications, Oracle University has made
several changes. The first came in January 2002, when Oracle announced
that all new certification exams would include scenario-based questions.
Second, now as of June 2002, all Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
candidates must complete one hands-on course in preparation for their
certificate. Third, Oracle will introduce a hands-on master practicum
exam. For more information on these requirements, see



“Customers and business partners are demanding hands-on experience, and
in order to meet our commitment to these constituents, Oracle University
needed to make a significant investment in ensuring the quality of the
credential,” said Mike Serpe, senior global manager, Oracle University.



The addition of scenario-based exams in January 2002 ensures that
certification candidates are being tested on their ability to apply
knowledge, rather than simply regurgitate that knowledge, according to



The course requirement for OCPs ensures that certification candidates
get hands-on experience before applying their credentials to their
professional careers. The courses are available at Oracle University
centers worldwide as well as at many Oracle Authorized Education Centers
and Oracle Authorized Education Partners. OCP candidates who have
completed at least one exam toward their OCP before June 15 can earn the
credential without fulfilling the course requirement.



“Because of the move to [scenario-based] testing, it’s especially
important for candidates to prepare by not only learning the technology,
but also getting some experience on it,” said Serpe. “Before, most
people who were not coming through Oracle University or one of our
partners were going through cram sessions or one of these boot camps
that weren’t giving them the hands-on experience they needed. So that’s
why we’ve chosen to implement the new course requirement.”



The Oracle courses that can be taken to fulfill the requirement include:
Oracle 9i Introduction to SQL, Oracle 9i Database Fundamentals I, Oracle
9i Database Fundamentals II, Oracle 9i Database Performance Tuning,
Oracle 9i Database New Features and Introduction to Oracle: SQL and
PL/SQL. For more information, see



To achieve the OCM credential, candidates must first achieve OCP status,
then take two advanced DBA courses from Oracle University. Finally,
candidates must attend the two-day Oracle Certified Master DBA



For more information on the Oracle Certification Program, see

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U.S. Economy Loses $59.5 Billion Annually to Software Errors



According to a study commissioned by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, software
bugs cost the U.S. economy about 0.6 percent of the gross domestic
product—$59.5 billion annually. Of those costs, more than half are
carried by software users, while the rest is borne by software
developers and vendors. The study also showed that by improving testing
infrastructure to identify and remove software defects more effectively
and at an earlier stage in the development cycle, approximately $22.2
billion of the cost to the economy could be eliminated.



The study, titled “The Economic Impacts of Inadequate Infrastructure for
Software Testing,” was funded by NIST and was conducted by the Research
Triangle Institute (RTI) in North Carolina. The study w
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