December 20, 2007

R12 Certification Exams - Unwrapping the gift

Oracle Certification Program group lived up to its promise by delivering the Release 12 beta exams as a pre-Christmas gifts. While it is still early to open the seasonal gift wrapping, let us spend some time together in unwrapping this special gift and reading between the lines of the beta exams launch announcement.
The first wave of beta exams are is slated to include five exams of which three has been announced. The foundation exam for R12 E-Business Essentials (1Z0-204) is the equivalent of the current offering of R11i E-Business Essentials (1Z0-200). The exam content is essentially the same but includes R12 topics such as MOAC.
OCP credentials for Financials and Supply Chain has been replaced by Oracle Certified Expert (OCE). Only the Application DBA track would continue to offer OCP certification for R12 version.
For OCE certification, two certification tests from the R11i OCP edition have been combined as one. Hence, OCE exams would be for Inventory and Purchasing, Inventory and Order Management, General Ledger and Payables, General Ledger and Receivables.
While it means just passing one less exam to get certified, one predicts that the jumbo-combo policy will it more difficult to pass the exam. Some of our blog readers are already certified on R11i or are on the verge of completing their certification. As far as certification upgrade path is concerned, one has to take a single exam in their chosen track to obtain OCE certification.
The beta exams are expected to be offered for next three months followed by an eight week post-beta review period. Hence, one expects the production release of the R12 exams to be ready only by mid-2008 or later.
Many of our blog readers would be facing a dilemma whether to proceed with their plans of R11i OCP certification or take the beta exams for R12 OCE certification. The beta exams are being offered at a substantial discount of around 75% but it is a hard labor answering 200 plus questions over three hours or more. Setting aside the budgetary considerations, one needs to carefully judge one's individual need for R12 certification instead of the R11i one. If one is already working on a R12 environment or part of a R12 upgrade project, the certification process would be relevant and feasible. For those working in environments that are on R11i, it would be a challenge to prepare for the R12 exams unless one accesses a publicly available R12 instance to get up to speed with R12 concepts.
Oracle University has started offering R12 Instructor Led Training and there are over one thousand online courses on Oracle University Knowledge Center. Oracle Tutor documents have been very popular with our blog readers for R11i certification. Presently, patches for Oracle Payables and Oracle General Ledger have been released. The patch numbers are 6678038 (for AP) and 6678035 (for GL) respectively. One presumes that Oracle Tutor patches for other modules would be available for download over the next few months.
The blog editor encourages readers worldwide to share their R12 beta exam preparation tips and OCP/OCE exam experiences. Please e-mail your blog posting to ocp.advisor@gmail.com and win an exclusive OCP Blog t-shirt in 2008!

December 19, 2007

EBS R12 Certification Beta Exams Announced

Oracle University announced the availability of the following new Oracle E-Business Suite (R12) certification exams in beta version:
- Oracle EBS R12: E-Business Essentials [1Z0-204]
- Oracle EBS R12: Inventory and Purchasing Fundamentals [1Z0-225]
- Oracle EBS R12: Inventory and Order Management Fundamentals [1Z0-226]

The release of the following beta exams would be announced in January:
- Oracle EBS R12: General Ledger and Payables Fundamentals [1Z0-215]
- Oracle EBS R12: General Ledger and Receivables Fundamentals [1Z0-216]

The beta exams announced already would be part of earning the new Oracle R12 Supply Chain Certified Expert Consultant-Purchasing and Oracle R12 Supply Chain Certified Expert Consultant-Order Management certifications.

The beta testing period is as follows:
1Z0-204: January 08– March 22, 2008
1Z0-225: January 01– April 01, 2008
1Z0-226: January 01– April 01, 2008

By participating in these beta exams, you have the opportunity to provide the Oracle Certification program with feedback about exam content which is integral to the process of exam development. One believes that Oracle University would value the contributions of our blog readers participating in the beta exams as they continually improve exam content and maintain the value of Oracle certifications.