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Questions about entering OCP

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I have a few questions about OCP:
1) Why certified? Yes I read the answer in the FAQ in the forum, but it still doesn't convince me, what does it give to me? Does it qualify as an academic degree?
2)Ok, I decided to try and do it, now what? How can I know if there is such a thing in my country? What about books, tests and courses?
3)How many levels are there? I saw a few, from Professional to Master, what do those titles mean?
4)Do the test cost a lot of money? Because I have financial issues and might not be able to come up with a large sum of money.
Thanks in advance.
  • 1. Re: Questions about entering OCP
    matthew_morris Expert
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    1) Why certified?
    There are numerous threads on this forum on that topic. One is here:

    Re: Oracle's Certification Benefit?
    Yes I read the answer in the FAQ in the forum, but it still doesn't convince me.
    If you're not convinced, then don't pursue certification. I'm a big advocate on the value of certification. That's not the same as feeling that I need to convince someone to do it.
    what does it give to me?
    Studying for the certifications will improve your skills as an Oracle professional. Having the certification does make a positive impact on your resume. How much is subject to considerable debate.
    Does it qualify as an academic degree?
    No.
    2)Ok, I decided to try and do it, now what? How can I know if there is such a thing in my country? What about books, tests and courses?
    Spend some time on the Oracle certification page reading about it. All of that information is here.
    http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=39
    3)How many levels are there? I saw a few, from Professional to Master, what do those titles mean?
    This information is on the Oracle certification page. I also wrote an article about them here:L
    http://ezinearticles.com/?id=7181038
    4)Do the test cost a lot of money?
    Most of the tests in the US cost about $200. It varies by country.
  • 2. Re: Questions about entering OCP
    bigdelboy Pro
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    982301 wrote:
    I have a few questions about OCP:
    1) Why certified? Yes I read the answer in the FAQ in the forum, but it still doesn't convince me, what does it give to me? Does it qualify as an academic degree?
    2)Ok, I decided to try and do it, now what? How can I know if there is such a thing in my country? What about books, tests and courses?
    3)How many levels are there? I saw a few, from Professional to Master, what do those titles mean?
    4)Do the test cost a lot of money? Because I have financial issues and might not be able to come up with a large sum of money.
    Thanks in advance.
    Matthew's covered pretty much everything. And no-ones focring you to do it.

    In general, (and there are exceptions) OCA is a pre-requisite to OCP on the same track. Often (but not always) you will need to get to OCP level rather than OCA to be properly recognised.
    OCM is a very high level and you dont really need to worry abut it initially.
    OCS is normally associated with the Oracle Partnership program(OPN), but its specialist certifications can sometimes be applicable to those outside of it.
    OCE is an expert in a particular area not directly associated with a track.


    'OCP' covers a wide range of certifications and its interesting to focus on the ones that apply to yourself. So a better question to ask is which certifications in particular apply to me, and ideally have some correlation with current experience and where you intend your career to go.

    Doing the certificaiton will give you a resource cost in terms of training and taking the exam. You should identify that cost prior to emarking on study.

    In general OCA level does not require mandatory training. Usually OCP level and sometimes OCE does require mandatory training course attendance and verification and you need to factor that into account.

    Of note is that PL/SQL OCP; MYSQLDBA OCP and Java SE OCP do not currently require mandatory training AFAIK; whereas DBA OCP (which often people think as the default OCP) does requre mandatory training. Unusually for OCP the DBA OCP training can sometimes be obtainined via the WDP program for significantly less cost ( I will not vouch for quality of all WDP providers). Got to http://certification.oracle.com and identify and cost.

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