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Oct 26 2012   3:12PM GMT

Check Out This Oracle Cert Resource!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Every now and then I find a great certification resource. Even more rarely, I have one tossed into my lap. Thanks to my friend and colleague Anne Martinez at, I recently learned about Matthew Morris and the resources he has assembled at his aptly-named Website: Oracle Certification Prep. I’m especially happy to seize upon his offerings because although Oracle has a huge footprint in the IT certification marketplace, I probably don’t cover them as much or as often as I should. Now, thanks to Matthew’s marvelous collection of information, study guides, and so forth, I hope to remedy this occasional oversight on my part, while also helping to spread the word about his efforts to make Oracle certification more sensible and attainable for interested IT professionals.

Gotta love his motto!Gotta love his motto!

Among the many good things Morris has done with his site, those interested in Oracle certification will find the following elements particularly compelling:

  • Exam Info: Links to all current Oracle exams, with further pointers to Oracle documentation, study guides, resources online and in print, and related articles.
  • Oracle Certification Sites: This list of Oracle and third-party sites that offer certification information, communities, references, resources, and more appears on the right-hand side of every page on Morris’s website.
  • Study Guides: So far, Morris has written 9 Study Guides for the most popular of Oracle’s exam offerings, including lots of SQL and PL/SQL stuff, coverage of Oracle versions 9i and 11g, and Web applications. His books — available in both paperback and Kindle form at great prices — are getting rave reviews from buyers on Amazon, too.
All the covers look the same, but the exam IDs differ.
All the covers look the same, but the exam IDs differ.
  • FAQ/Tips: Information about Morris’s OCP book series, a comparison against other titles in this area, plus various explanations about their content and coverage.

If you’re interested in Oracle certification, this is one site you’ll want to visit — and probably also, add to your Favorites or Bookmarks in your Web browser. The best part about his approach is that the initials for Oracle Certification Prep and Oracle Certified Professional (the general cert designation that he covers) are the same. All the way around, this is good stuff!

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