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RE: Tell me about the confused OCP.

From: Elliott, Angie <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 12:29:34 -0500
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This information is from the oracle certification web site. Having Oracle 7.3 certification, you will have until Oracle 8 retirement to pass the Oracle 8 new features test. -Angie Elliott-

How do I maintain and upgrade my certification?

Once you earn OCP status, your certification does not expire. However, you may find it beneficial to keep your certification current with the latest version of Oracle technology. You can do this by taking an additional New Features exam to upgrade your certification to the next technology version of your current credential. For example, an Oracle7.3 DBA can upgrade to Oracle8 by passing one exam- Oracle8: New Features for Administrators. If you have earned OCP status and Oracle announces that the next version of the track will be retired, you will have until the retirement date to upgrade to that version by passing the New Features exam. For example, when Oracle announces the retirement date for the Oracle8 track, Oracle7.3 DBA's will have to pass the Oracle8 New Features exam by that date. Currently, Oracle has no plans to announce the retirement of the Oracle8 track.

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From: Janardhana Babu [] Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 6:10 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L Subject: RE: Tell me about the confused OCP.

Iam under the impression that I need to upgrade my certification before the older version expires. Actually, I saw the expiration date(August 2000) for Oracle7exam, and I upgraded to Oracle8 in Jan this year. When contacted, they told me that I need too upgrade to Oracle8 before Aug 2000. If failed to upgrade before Aug 2000, my certification would be invalid and I need to take all the Oracle 8 exams(6, I believe) to get into the certification path again. Also, they said, I need to take Oracle8 upgrade exam and then only eligible to take oracle8i upgrade exam and I can't bypass oracle8 upgrade exam and take oracle8i upgrade exam. directly from oracle7 cert.  

My question is, after a few years oracle stops offering oracle8 upgrade exam( just like Oracle7 exam), then how can I appear for Oracle8i upgrade exam if I have only Oracle7 cert and not Oracle8 cert? Since it is not possible to bypass oracle8 upgrade exam inorder to get oracle8i cert., it will be of no use to hold oracle7 cert. which automatically force you to take all the oracle8i or 9i exams at some point in time. Let me know if what I think is wrong. Received on Thu Jul 13 2000 - 12:29:34 CDT

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