Hello all - I am interested in OCP certification. As a startup, I ave to take Exam #1Z0-001 Introduction to Oracle SQL/PL-SQL. I have no clue if its Oracle 8i or 9i as it not mentioned anywhere in the website (the version is clearly mentioned for all other exams). Can anyone please let me know about the version? Also which is the most suggested/followed book for this exam? Thanks, Radha
OCP Certification is a strange beast. If you start with 9i you need to take up Oracle Partners courses etc. But if you start with 8i, there is no such requirement. Cost wise it can make a big difference. By the way for 9i you may choose to start with 1Z001 or 1Z009. The exam 1Z009 may be taken at a marginally lower cost online as well but not much of a difference if you take into account the cost of oracle courses. Oracle 9i certification has just 4 exams. Oracle 8i has five and one more for upgrade to 9i. Remember to get into oracle site and take an oracle account for 20% discount. Best wishes
Thanks Giri for getting back to me! But what is that you are talking about Oracle courses? Is taking the Oracle courses necessary? I also want to know about the books I could refer to. Thank you once again! Radha
Since Oracle 9i certification, Oracle is making participating in these courses (conducted by oracle or "partners") a pre-requisite for these certification. That means you cannot be 'certified' till you pass exams and provide proof of takeing these courses. There are various views to this change but it can make certification a very expensive (1000s of $) unless you can get it reimbursed from your office. That is why I suggested escape route which is Oracle 8i. A word of caution. 10g certification is on the horizon (Beta scheduled in 4/04) and soon they would follow it up with retiring 8i. Typically they are required to give six months notice. You can expect 8i to be retired 12/04. As for books the best ones for certification are Sybex books. Also if you can lay your hands on Oracle Press books on Certification. Oracle is huge technology and you can learn for ever. For certification Sybex is sufficient. Later you must go through 'Concepts' book and follow it up with from http://otn.oracle.com etc. to get a better grip on technology. After Certification read books by Tom Kyte. Oracle technolgies are difficult to master but Oracle certification is among the easiest in the industry. Just my 2 cents. Best wishes. [ April 11, 2004: Message edited by: v giri ]
Thanks you again Giri ! I have not come across many people who have taken this exam. So, your mail was of a great help to me. I wanted to ask another question that I wanted to ask you after seeing you reply: Firstly, I want to take the application developer path for PL/SQL. And there I see that all the exams are for Oracle 9i (first with associate level and then the profesional level). But no where it is mentioned that I should be taking the courses. I am giving you the links for your convenience. Kindly clarify me. Even if I would want to take Oracle 8i, I don't find any tests for the same. I am totally new to this oracle certification. So, indly correct me if I am missing out anything. http://www.oracle.com/education/certification/index.html?certpaths.html http://www.oracle.com/education/certification/index.html?appdev9i_track.html Thanks in anticipation. Radha
Radha I am not very familiar with Oracle Developer Certifications. It has been under some degree of flux. There used to be JDeveloper and so on. I was focusing on DBA Certification which I went through. I also do not know people certified in Oracle Developer. Sorry I can't help much on this. Best wishes
YES. You must be Oracle9i OCP. This is NOT a beta for Oracle 10G. It is the beta for Oracle 10G: New Features. Just similar to 1z0-030.
It seems that each beta exam costs US50.
If OCP 10g comprises 4 papers, it should cost US200 for the beta exams. Right?
No. For Oracle 10G OCA, there is only 1 paper to pass: Oracle Database 10g: Administration Workshop I For Oracle 10G OCP, there is also only 1 paper to pass: Oracle Database 10g: Administration Workshop II I think Oracle mirges the exam paper, but the detail is not conform still. Nick