1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 10, 2012 8:29 AM by Matthew Morris RSS

    New Boy on the floor.Q Q Q

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      Hi All,

      This is very new to me and there are many questions making rounds in my tiny brain. Few Questions would be silly for you pros but will appreciate if answered.

      * Currently working on ETL. Is it ok to start with Oracle 11g given that Oracle 12g is expected to be launched sometime in 2013 ?

      * Is it recommended we give all the three exams (Associate, Master & Professional) ?

      * What is the average time to get done with all the exams and final be certified ?

      * It is said the beauty and fun part is not the destination but the journey itself. How do we plan? Where do we start? any tips from the Pro's ?
        • 1. Re: New Boy on the floor.Q Q Q
          Matthew Morris
          Currently working on ETL. Is it ok to start with Oracle 11g given that Oracle 12g is expected to be launched sometime in 2013 ?
          11G will be around for years to come. Companies are around that are still running 9i. However, if you want to wait for 12C, you could at least start with the SQL component. I consider it unlikely that the SQL Fundamentals will be re-written for 12C, so the 1Z0-051 will likely be the standard SQL test for the 12C OCA/OCP track.

          Is it recommended we give all the three exams (Associate, Master & Professional) ?
          That's not three exams but three certifications. The OCA track requires two exams. That aside, I would say that going to the OCP level is certainly recommended if you will be working as a DBA. Only a fairly small percentage of Oracle professionals go all the way to the Master level. Largely this is because of cost. Just the OCM portion (two required training classes plus the test) will approach $10,000. However, the rarity makes having the OCM more impressive.

          What is the average time to get done with all the exams and final be certified ?
          There's no answer to this. I can't imagine any way that someone would collect the data to make a statistical analysis of this. Any such analysis would have to take into account how knowledgeable the people were going in (said 'knowledge' would also be difficult to convert to statistically meaningful data) and how much time they spent each day preparing.

          This question is common enough that I wrote an article on the topic here:

          http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Much-Time-Is-Required-to-Prepare-for-an-Oracle-Certification-Exam?&id=7204061

          How do we plan? Where do we start? any tips from the Pro's ?
          Start with the OE certification page: http://certification.oracle.com
          It has all the information about the exams. Look through the exam topics and use them to plan your study process.

          You might also find http://oraclecertificationprep.com useful. If you go to the 'Exam Info' page, you find all of the exams from the DBA track listed (and many others). Click in to the individual exams to find links to the relevant documentation, third party resources, and links to articles on Oracle Learning Library and other sites for topics related to the exam.