Oracle Offers Three Levels of Oracle 9i Certification

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Consulting the Oracle



Looking into my crystal ball, I see you with a new certification. An
Oracle certification for database administrators. I see you finding
career success as a DBA!



Oracle now offers three levels of certification for database
administrators working with Oracle 9i. The three levels of the Oracle
Certification Program are Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle
Certified Professional (OCP) and Oracle Certified Master (OCM). Oracle
has also added a performance-based component to the program.



The first level in the Oracle Certification Program is the OCA. These
folks have foundation-level knowledge that enables them to work
alongside DBAs at a junior level. To earn this cert, you have to pass
two exams. Exam #1Z0-007, Introduction to Oracle 9i: SQL is an online
exam, so you can get started via the Internet. Then you move on to #1Z0-
031, Oracle 9i Database: Fundamentals. 



The next step is the Oracle Certified Professional certification for
Oracle 9i database administrators. OCPs can manage large-scale
databases. OCA is a prerequisite; once you’ve achieved that rung on the
ladder, you will have to take two exams to climb to the OCP rung: #1Z0-
032, Oracle 9i Database: Fundamentals II, and #1Z0-033, Oracle 9i
Database: Performance Tuning.



If you’ve already achieved OCA status and are ready to tackle the two
OCP exams, you’re in luck. The beta version of the Performance Tuning
exam (#1Z0-033) is available at a 50-percent discount through June 15,
2002. So instead of paying the full $125 for the exam, you can register
for the beta and pay $62.50. To register (if you’re in the United States
or Canada), call (800) 891-3926. 



Oracle’s most advanced DBA certification, the OCM, will be released in
Fall 2002. Oracle Certified Master DBAs are experts with deep technical
knowledge of the Oracle data server and have plenty of experience
managing Oracle database systems and applications. The OCM requires you
to demonstrate your knowledge through a hands-on practicum, but before
you do, you will have to meet two prerequisites: You must be certified
as an OCP for Oracle 9i, and you must take two advanced DBA courses from
Oracle University.  



The OCM DBA practicum will be available at an Oracle University location
designated for each global region. In the Americas, you’ll have to
travel to Chicago. The cost for the exam is $2,000. The practicum is a
two-day event where you’ll have to handle various scenarios in which you
will diagnose and solve technical Oracle-server-related problems.



To find out more about Oracle certification, see

A New Way to Get Hands-On



Hands-on experience seems to be the code word for entry into the IT job
market. Well, thanks to BrainCore.Net LLC, a technology consulting and
education firm, there is a new way to test your hands-on skills.
BrainCore.Net’s new Skillworks testing technologies will enable
certification programs, job candidates and hiring managers to assess
hands-on abilities.



Skillworks is software that can deliver certification and assessment
exams, allowing test-takers to get their hands on the actual products
and technologies instead of just answering multiple-choice questions.
Skillworks is not a simulation. Candidates can show their actual skills,
using the real products to accomplish tasks they would have to complete
in their day-to-day jobs. Instead of product simulations, which offer
limited scenarios, Skillworks gives you the actual product, allowing the
exam to test you on any of the product’s features. 



So who can use the Skillworks testing technology?



A lot of certification programs, like the Red Hat Certified Engineer
(RHCE) and the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), require
candidates to complete a performance-based component, like a lab exam.
The Skillworks technology will allow more certification programs to
offer their candidates hands-on testing as part of the overall exam



The Skillworks software might also help IT pros assess their own skills
and determine their training needs. IT training students could also
employ the technology after the training to help them figure out whether
they can handle the test or still need some additional training.



Corporations that want to make sure their incoming work force is skilled
can use Skillworks to test potential employees’ hands-on ability,
according to Derek Melber, a founding partner for BrainCore.Net.
“Skillworks allows a company to easily deploy their own internal hiring
and evaluation assessments that reflect the company’s unique environment
and technical needs,” he said.



So one way or another, you might find yourself faced with Skillworks
technology—in the testing center, in the training center or in the
workplace. To find out more about this new technology, see



Study: Three Out of Four Out-of-Work Professionals Change Industries



According to a new global study from DBM, 75 percent of unemployed
professionals change industries to find new jobs, and 16 percent start
their own businesses. The study demonstrates that job-seekers must be
creative and flexible in order to transfer their skills into new careers
and industries.



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