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Oracle Certification E-Magazine
September 2013

We have a lot of new things available for you in Oracle certification. Oracle University has recently launched the first of the all-new Oracle Database 12c certifications, new Oracle Linux 6 certifications, new Oracle Database Cloud certifications, and new MySQL 5.6 certifications. You will also see a whole host of new live production exams as well as exams in beta which - as you may know – are a tremendous opportunity to not only save money but provide valuable input into defining our certifications.

We are also diligently working to bring you resources that help you get ready for your certification as quickly and as effectively as possible, so look for some new podcasts, videos, and books below from various people in the industry. We strive to ensure that with your Oracle certifications, you maximize your skills, your investment in training, and get the absolute most out of your software.

Harold Green
Harold Green
Sr. Manager, Oracle Certification Program

In This Issue:

New Certifications
Oracle Launches New Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certifications


On July 1, Oracle University announced the release of new Oracle Database 12c Administrator certifications. The new Oracle Database 12c certifications emphasize the foundational and advanced skills needed by Database Administrators and will prepare DBAs to leverage powerful new management and consolidation capabilities, resulting in an even more valuable credential for customers and partners.

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Oracle Launches New Oracle Linux 6 Certifications; Oracle Linux 5 Exams To Retire


Oracle Certification announced the release of the new Oracle Linux 6 certification paths in August. These new Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credentials will give you a solid foundation of knowledge to implement and administer the Oracle Linux Operating System. Oracle Certification also announced the retirement of the existing Oracle Linux certifications.

With the release of the new Oracle Linux certification paths, Oracle will be retiring the existing Oracle Linux 5 exams effective October 31, 2013. Existing certification holders should note that these retirements suspend the delivery of any further exams, but do not affect your certification. If you currently hold an Oracle Linux certification earned by one of the retiring exams, your credential remains fully valid.

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Oracle Launches New MySQL 5.6 Certifications; Earlier MySQL Exams to Retire


Oracle Certification announces the release of the new MySQL 5.6 certifications. These new Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credentials raise the bar for MySQL Certified Developers and Database Administrators. Compared to previous versions, these exams have an increased focus on the practical application of skills, and require a significant level of knowledge and technical skills to pass. Oracle Certification is also announcing the retirement of the existing MySQL exams and certification paths.

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Oracle Certification Releases New Oracle Database Cloud Administrator Certifications


Oracle Certification has released two new certifications for Database Cloud Administrators - the Oracle Certified Professional, Database Cloud Administrator (OCP) and Oracle Certified Master, Database Cloud Administrator (OCM).

These certifications are designed for experienced Database Administrators who have demonstrated the foundational skills and knowledge essential to implementing and administering a Database Cloud in the enterprise. To earn the certifications, you must meet three requirements: (1) take a single exam - Oracle Database Cloud Administration (1Z0-028); (2) hold an Oracle Database 11g OCP or OCM certification; (3) and hold either the OCE - Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g and Grid Infrastructure Administrator or the OCE - Oracle Exadata X3 Administrator certification.

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Oracle OpenWorld 2013
Prepare For Certification Exams at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Conferences


The annual Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne conferences begin September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, with a full day of valuable training. Certification candidates will find great value in the exam cram sessions offered this year.

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Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Earn Your OPN Certified Specialist at the OPN Exchange Conference


If you're attending the OPN Exchange conference, register now for the OPN Specialist Test Fest, where you can take up to two OPN exams for free. Successful completion entitles you to be recognized as an OPN Certified Specialist! The offering is generous: 10 testing sessions that run from Monday, September, 23rd until Thursday, September 26th and more than 80 OPN exam titles to choose from!

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Oracle Certification Merchandise: Vote Now
As an added benefit to achieving your certification, we are preparing to make Oracle Certification merchandise - branded with "Oracle Certified" - available to certified individuals.

We want to hear from you! What items would you be interested in if we made them available?
Take this survey today


New Oracle Certification Exams
The following Oracle Certification exams have been recently released. The live exams below are available now and live production. Our new beta exams are available at a significant discount.

Live Production Certification Exams Beta Certification Exams

Oracle Certification Exam Retirements
Retirement Reminder: Oracle to Retire Select Certification Exams Throughout 2013

Oracle retired several certification exams and certification tracks on August 31 and will continue with select retirements through the end of the year. Newer versions of many of these certifications and exams are available. Existing certification holders should note that these retirements suspend the delivery of any further exams, but do not affect your certification. If you currently hold a certification earned by one of these exams, your credential remains fully valid.

Candidates are recommended to plan for and schedule the exams sufficiently in advance (to allow for the 14-day re-take waiting period) in the unfortunate event that they do not pass the exam on the first attempt. Re-takes of the retiring exams will not be available after the retirement date.

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FAQ: Exam 1Z0-007 Retirement


Q) I passed exam 1Z0-007. If I do not complete my certification path before the exam retires on July 31, 2013, will I have to take another SQL exam?

A) The short answer is no - you will not be required to take another SQL exam to 'replace' these exam results. You can continue with your certification path as planned.

As long as you have passed an exam before the retirement date, the exam results remain valid even after the exam retires, and the exam will count toward your certification path. The 1Z0-007 exam will continue to fulfill the SQL requirement for 9i, 10g, 11g and 12c Database Administrator OCA paths as well as the PL/SQL Developer OCA path, though no new 007 exams will be delivered after July 31, 2013.

Behind The Scenes: Kaplan's Oracle Certification Practice Exams

We recently had a conversation with Kaplan's Aima Rotella on developing Oracle Certification Practice exams. We wanted to share how their practice tests are developed and how do they keep up with Oracle's rapidly growing program and the expanding needs of a diverse candidate base. We are excited to share this interview with you and give you an inside look at a trusted provider.

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Frequently Asked Question: Downloading and Printing Exam Score Reports


Featured Certification Series: Oracle Fusion Applications

In conjunction with the release of Oracle Fusion Apps earlier this year, a full set of Implementation Specialist Oracle certifications have been developed to help professional implementors receive recognition for their expert knowledge and skills. These certifications were highlighted over the past few months on our Oracle Certification Blog. We explained what they are, how to earn them, and offered tips on how you can best prepare to become Oracle Fusion Apps certified.

The certifications are available now and a full set of training courses are also available from Oracle University. Additionally, preparing for our certification has recently become even easier since many of our Fusion Applications courses are now available in our new Training on Demand format. This means you can access the training right away, view the lessons you need and view them when your schedule allows – whether from your home or on a plane with our iPad mobile app.

If you are certified on R12 (or 11i), or will be working to implement Oracle Fusion Apps - now is the time to start planning and preparing to obtain or upgrade your Oracle Fusion Apps certification. Click on the links below to learn more.

Spotlight: Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Preparation

A new helpful resource for Solaris 11 exam preparation was released earlier in the summer. "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration" by author and educator Bill Calkins covers effective installation and administration of an Oracle Solaris 11 system. In addition to being a valuable, comprehensive study guide, the book also serves as a complete reference guide for the everyday tasks of an Oracle Solaris System Administrator. Read more about the book on our Oracle Certification Blog.

The author has also posted some helpful tips for taking Oracle Solaris certification exams on he blog, UnixEd.com. In this helpful article, he outlines key things to focus on for the most effective use of your study time, including type of exam questions, recommended practice exercises, how to approach and interpret scenarios, as well as recommended reading/study material.
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