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IMHO For certifications in general:
(1) For most people, unless there are other factors, taking certification on the latest version would seem usually to be the sensible course. Factors against it might include for example if training, especially and mandatory training, for the earlier version was more accessible or cheaper.
- Typically for OCA's the difference between OCA(ver (x)) and OCA(ver (x-1)) will be one exam. On this basis there is no point for Oracle(or the candidate) in an upgrade exam, simply take the OCA(ver (x)) exam.
- IMHO It is also important for OCA's to focus on getting to OCP standard which should provide a fuller and more rounded view of the product; rather than concentrating on new features.
- (The typical example here would be 1z0-053 which concentrates a lot on backup ... would one want a DBA OCA focusing on exotic new features before he has demonstrated mastery of backup).
- For OCP to (ver (x)) from (OCP (ver (x-1)) via OCA would be 2 exams (twice the cost). An upgrade exam here is a single exam cost.
- The upgrade exam here allows Oracle to focus on OCP level candidates concentrating on the new features of the latest version, where their knowledge gap will be.
- (and also where Oracle needs to get this knowledge into the community).