RE: *** OCM Preparation ***

Carel-Jan,

I was speaking of the OCM program, not OCP.  OCP has been discussed to death
here.  And yes, I have OCP for market/employment reasons - to keep myself
even with everyone else.

Tom Mercadante
Oracle Certified Professional


-----Original Message-----
From: Carel-Jan Engel [mailto:cjpengel.dbalert@xxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 8:37 AM
To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: *** OCM Preparation ***


Tom,

You're right. Requiring certification is just another CYA metod for
damagement. I like the recent column 'Hiding behind certification'
(http://cio.co.nz/cio.nsf/0/7259DF33F26CCE60CC256EB600630958?OpenDocument)
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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