I just noticed the Database 12c OCP beta exams have started to appear (see here).
There are a few things that seem a little odd (to me) though:
- Use Oracle Restart to manage components. Isn’t this a deprecated feature in 12c?
- Configure and use Oracle Secure Backup. Do they mean Oracle Secure Backup Express?
- Use Flash Cache.
- Key DBA Skills (Upgrade Exam only). This whole section looks out of place to me for an upgrade exam.
Ignoring the “Key DBA Skills”, the upgrade exam contains about 49 bullet points, which means the production exam will on average have about 1.5 questions per bullet. The “Key DBA Skills” adds another 34 bullets, so now we are talking less than 1 question per bullet in the production exam…
There is enough new stuff to keep me writing articles for quite a while before I get in a position to sit this exam. I don’t think I’m going to be anywhere near ready before the end of the beta period, which is a pity. I think the only people who are likely to make the beta exam are those people who were on the database beta program, or people who are trying to wing it. Since I fit into neither of those categories, it looks like I’m waiting for the production exam…
PS. I wrote an Oracle Certification Frequently Asked Questions article a little while back.