The conference started early on a Sunday morning with Oracle User Groups hosting Special Interest Group meetings and Oracle University hosting two crammed sessions that were billed appropriately as exam cram sessions for Oracle E-Business Essentials and Oracle Database 11g New Features for Administrators respectively.
The next four days had more than forty thousand visitors from all around the world attending more than 1600 sessions including some great ones from Oracle University. To download presentations please click here and use username: cboracle and password: oraclec6 and session type: Oracle University.
Oracle also provided free certification exams for E-Business Suite and discounted exams for all other certification tracks during the conference. The blog editor visited the OCP Lounge and met with Paul Sorensen, Group Director - Global Certification Programs at Oracle University.
OCP Blog Editor (OCP BE): Oracle EBS Certification (production version) was launched earlier this year. What were the reasons for introducing the Oracle EBS certification track?
Paul Sorensen (PS): Our application suites (EBS, Peoplesoft, Siebel etc) are a major part of our product offerings. Our surveys revealed that organizations wanted certified individuals who are experts in their job function and can contribute actively during implementations. Typically, an individual who not only knows the business flows but also knows how the application works - someone who can get arms around it.The true value of the certification is in the process of undergoing Oracle University training, practicing concepts on the job and finally reaching a desired level of expertise that can be validated through certification. Oracle EBS Certification addresses this need by providing certification credentials to those individuals who have theis proven expertise. In the coming months, one would find more certification offerings across additional application suites from Oracle.
OCP BE: Oracle EBS Certification for OCP Certification is available for 3 tracks only - Financials, SCM and Apps DBA. Are there any plans to expand the certification tracks to other functional areas, e.g. HRM, CRM, Projects etc in the future?
PS: Oracle Certification Program office periodically reviews the certification tracks and changes are introduced and retired based demand and feedback that we receive from OCP candidates, partners and customers.
For Oracle EBS R12, there will likely be structural and branding changes. Additionally there we are considering the introduction of some additional functional areas. Look out for the EBS R12 beta exam announcements soon!
OCP BE: EBS OCP exams have multiple choice-multiple answer case study questions which require thorough application knowledge. What is the typical experience profile on an EBS OCP?
PS:A minimum profile of an EBS OCP is an individual with more than 18 + months of experience across multiple implementations. Most individuals have worked across 5-6 implementations including at least one which was a global roll out. Since our OCP exam questions span the entire application module concepts, a candidate needs to have at least an Advanced Beginner to Intermediate Level of expertise with global exposure. Attending Oracle University classes and hands-on lab practice is a key to success. For those with less experience, it is advisable that one starts the exam preparation by attending the Instructor-led classes, and then build on their expertise leveraging their exposure on the module during their daily applications related work. Remember, certification is about the process and what you learn while studying and practicing for the exam.
OCP BE: Oracle EBS Certification for Oracle Certified Experts (OCE) focus on specialized skills. Will Oracle be launching more OCE exams in the future?
PS: Yes, the focus is on launching more OCE certification tracks so that candidates with specialized domain skills can be certified. Look out for the EBS R12 beta exam announcements for further details. OCP BE: Based on the hugely successful exam cram sessions at Openworld, is there a possibility of offering such exam sessions as part of Oracle University offering? Where can one get the course material for the exam cram sessions?
PS: The OCP exam cram sessions are a special offering to Oracle Openworld attendees only. OCP testing is also offered at discounted rates to Oracle Openworld attendees. Many attendees attend the exam cram session and then take the OCP tests later while at the conference . Due to the unique nature of the audience, it is not feasible to offer exam cram sessions as part of Oracle University offering or offer course material to non-attendees. If one is interested in these sessions, sign-up to attend the next Oracle Openworld in September, 2008!
OCP BE: Oracle EBS Release R12 has been released earlier this year. What are the plans for launching EBS Certification Exams based on EBS Release 12?
PS: Oracle Certification program team has been working for many months with subject matter experts on developing the EBS Release 12 structure and exam content. Some of the beta exams for Release 12 will begin rolling out in the coming months. Please look out for the exam announcements.
OCP BE: For those already certified on EBS 11i, what would be the certification upgrade path to EBS R12? (For example, will there be a single upgrade exam for a track?)
PS: EBS R12 certification tracks and exams will see some changes in structure and branding. As part of this process, those already certified on EBS R11i will have a track specific exam on EBS R12 to obtain the corresponding R12 credentials.
OCP BE: Currently there are only 1 tier of Oracle EBS Certification, e.g. OCP and OCE. Candidates have different levels of experience and expertise which are not reflected in a single-tiered test track. How about introducing a 3 tiered certification, e.g. OCA, OCP, OCM for EBS similar to the Oracle DBA track?
PS: We are planning to streamline the Oracle EBS certification process. The certification tracks would continue to be single-tiered focused on recognizing Oracle EBS suite experts across various domains.
OCP BE: Apart from Instructor-led classes, what EBS OCP exam preparing choices/ channels are available to candidates?
PS: Candidates preparing for EBS OCP exams are strongly recommended to attend the corresponding Oracle University instructor-led class as the exam content closely follows the same. There are also self-study CDs available on Oracle University site that one can buy online. Oracle University offers Oracle University Knowledge Center (OUKC) subscriptions that one can buy online and attend hundreds of on-demand classes, many of which address the OCP/OCE exam content. My hope is that consultants become better implementers, administrators and developers because of their study, practice and preparation.
OCP BE: There are no recommended practice test providers for EBS Certification (unlike other OCP tracks where Self-Test Software). What would you recommend to test takers to prepare for the OCP exams? Will the OCP program offer practice Assessment Tests through OUKC to help prepare candidates?
PS: Presently there are no recommended practice test providers for EBS Certification. We are working with our partners now and I am hopeful that there will be some type or practice or sample question offerings available in the future.
Oracle University Knowledge Center (OUKC) offers assessment test for partners (e.g. for Implementation Champion certificate) that are not linked to the OCP program. These assessment tests are of different nature as compared to OCP/OCE exams. There are no plans to offer assessment tests to prepare one for the OCP/OCE exams. Once again, let me emphasize that candidates should review exam objectives, attend instructor-led training, practice lab exercises and gather implementation / on-the-job experiences to equip themselves for OCP/OCE exam success.
Thanks for this opportunity to address questions from OCP blog readers. For any further questions regarding OCP and OCE certification program please visit the program website at www.oracle.com/education/certification or, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Best of Luck to OCP and OCE candidates from all around the world !