Specialization offers partners the opportunity to gain competitive advantage through differentiation. Partners that earn specializations put themselves in a position to grow their business by being recognized by Oracle and preferred by customers. Specialization allows:
Additionally, specialized partners receive specialized branding; internal and external promotion in newsletters, Web sites, and advertising; free Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exam vouchers, free support, and much more. Please click here for details.
Follow these steps:
1. Join at the appropriate Membership level of the OPN program.
2. After you application has been processed; Join the respective Knowledge Zones to your areas of focus for Specializations.
3. Fulfill competency and business requirements and once completed submit your application.
For a complete list of specializations, please click here (PDF). More areas of specialization will be added going forward.
There are many training options available, but for the online guided learning paths (GLPs) and assessments for each specialist type for the respective solution, the following lists approximate average time necessary:
Training costs vary by area and by your existing level of knowledge on the specific solutions.
Yes, Worldwide and Associates may pool their resources to assist each other in becoming specialized.
Partners that are confident in their knowledge in a specific specialization area can take the assessments without taking the recommended training courses.
Yes. If you have the relevant Oracle Champion or Oracle Certified Professional qualifications on the current versions, these qualifications will count toward the competency criteria of specialization.
Platinum partners are required to achieve and maintain a minimum five qualifying specializations. Gold partners are encouraged to become specialized, but there are no specialization requirements at this membership level.
There is a single set of global criteria tables for each specialization. These criteria vary by specialization but include fulfillment of competency criteria and business criteria (i.e. customer references and transactions). To learn about the criteria for your solution specialization, go to www.oracle.com/partners, select the respective Knowledge Zone for your desired solution, and review the Specialize tab.
Partner specializations are specializations are highlighted in the Partner Showcase; may be found in the Solutions Catalog, and also found highlighted in Oracle.com, in internal newsletters, in internal partner-finder databases, and through other vehicles when available.
Specialization does not imply or express warrantee by Oracle of partner performance or services.
Specialization complements the new OPN program levels: Remarketer, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Platinum partners are required to hold specializations in at least five product or solution areas. Gold partners are eligible to earn specializations. Silver partners and Remarketers are not eligible to earn specializations.
On June 29, 2012, Oracle announced the enhancement to the Specialization program that enables specialization by product version. There are important elements of this enhancement that affect benefit and level attainment. Please read the detailed Product Version Specialization FAQ.
Advanced Specialization extends capacity of skilled implementation resources on Oracle’s products and technology and provides additional differentiation for Specialized partners. Advanced specialization is globally consistent -- available to all OPN Partners at the Gold and Platinum levels; and is a requirement for Diamond level partners. In order to become Advanced Specialized, partners must meet all Specialization requirements, including standard business and competency criteria, plus must have 50 or more Certified Implementation Specialists.