I am interested in pursuing my Oracle certification, but I'm not sure of the best way to proceed. For those of you who have recently completed your OCP, could you help me by answering the following questions?
Is it better to get my 10g OCP now and take the upgrade exam for 11g later, or begin with 11g? I notice that they only have beta exams for 11g until June 30, they require 3 tests instead of 2, and there aren't many resources available to help with preparation currently. So I'm guessing 10g is the way to go for now, but I'm not sure how soon Oracle will retire the 10g certifications.
I did purchase the book "Oracle Database 10g OCP Certification All-in-One Exam Guide". But the book was published in 2005 and is based on 10g Release 1. I'm afraid the book is already out of date and won't properly prepare me to take the current 10g exams. So what resources do I need to be certain I can pass these exams the first time?
If you go to Oracle's education site, they refer you to Self Test Software and Transcender. Are these additional practice tests and/or study guides helpful, or even required? I'm willing to pay the extra money if I can be sure I will pass the exams, but I don't want to waste my time or money.
I know there are other places that sell certification materials, but it's always hard to tell how good a particular place is. There is a lot more information about MCSE certification online than there is about Oracle, so it's difficult to know where to look for answers.
I would appreciate hearing about anyone's experiences in getting their certification; what worked, what didn't, what you recommend, and so on.
Thanks in advance!