Matthew Morris: Two years after I started working for Oracle, Oracle Certified Professional program was launched. Sylvan created at testing center in our office building. I was interested in demonstrating my knowledge, so I took and passed all four of the OCP DBA tests. I learned that this made me one of the first hundred people to become an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)! Later that year, Oracle introduced the Oracle Developer Certification and I took the four developer tests in a single day and became one of the first hundred Oracle Certified Developers. Since then, I have tried to keep my certifications current.
Matthew Morris: In May 2011, I developed a study guide for 1Z0-050: New Features for Administrators. Then in late 2011, I began studying for 1Z0-450: Oracle Application Express 4: Developing Web Applications. For almost every exam, my preparation includes creating a study sheet with key testing points. For 1Z0-450, this sheet rapidly became much larger and more elaborate than usual. It seemed reasonable at the time to go the extra mile and make it into a publishable study guide. Ultimately, I found that doing this did not add an extra mile but rather an extra ten to fifteen miles! However, once it was published, the result was heartening. I modified the 1Z0-050 course material I had developed earlier into a second study guide and published it as well. Since those first two, I have published study guides for the SQL Expert and SQL Fundamentals exams. Currently, I am developing exam guides for the OCP DBA I and DBA II exams.
Matthew Morris: The Oracle Certification Prep series targets two groups of candidates. The first group consists of Oracle professionals who want to get certified in a subject they are experienced in and would like a reference guide to help them ‘bridge the gaps’. The second group are those who are already using another source of information in their study plan but would like to have a second reference. It is especially valuable for candidates using only Oracle documentation but would like to have an inexpensive reference against which to determine how well they did. To help both these audiences, the study guides present information about the test topics in a very condensed format. The intent is to deliver facts that candidates need to know, functions and features they need to recognize, in a compact format enough to revise several times.
Matthew Morris: From the posts on the various certification forums I frequent, there are many candidates who are studying just to pass the exams rather than to gain knowledge. Learning how to pass a test does not prepare someone to perform well at professional level. Use the opportunity when studying for Oracle certification to make a concerted effort to learn the concepts first.
Matthew Morris: Setting a realistic expectation determines whether you succeed or fail. I try to set a reasonable time frame and give my very best to deliver ahead of every deadline.