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From: Carel-Jan Engel <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 14:36:53 +0200 (CEST)
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You're right. Requiring certification is just another CYA metod for damagement.
I like the recent column 'Hiding behind certification' ( of Michael Schrage.

Sometimes certification helps you to get a foot in the door of a company. However, I've seen too many certified ignorants. I'd rather spend my time experimenting and reading and following this list, than getting some certificate. There will be companies that won't let me touch their databases. So be it. It's their choice, not my problem.

Oops, I see your OCP signature. Don't take my words personally. Added value of certification depends on local marketing effects. When damagement requires certification everywhere, you need it. I'm in the lucky situation of not needing an OCP certificate to survive as a contractor.

Regards, Carel-Jan

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. (Derek Bok) ===

> One thing about the OCM that bothers me a little bit.
> I recently took an Oracle course (9i exam cram). The instructor was a
> genius. Really. I thought he had the stuff down cold. Knew a lot about
> how Oracle works. A great instructor. Never said "I'll get back to you".
> Always has the answer (yes *the* answer). He talked a bit about the OCM
> exam. Said he took and passed the exam.
> What bothered me was that he was not a practicing Oracle DBA - he was an
> instructor. Now either he has is a genius that can remember everything,
> or
> there is something I am missng about the exam. I thought the exam was
> about
> testing your skills. If this is so, then how can a non-practicing DBA
> pass
> the test?
> Am I making any sense?
> Tom Mercadante
> Oracle Certified Professional

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