You worked hard, passed an exam and earned a certification. Now you hear it's retiring. What does that mean for you?
You're studying and practicing and preparing for an exam. Now you see an announcement that the exam you're preparing for will retire soon after you take it. Should you go ahead and take your exam or not?
Is Certification a Moving Target?
Technology is moving fast. Technology in the cloud never stands still. Sometimes it can seem like your skills feel out of date even before you've finished building them. While accepting that an IT career involves ever changing and ever updating knowledge and skills, it can be frustrating when something you've worked so hard to earn retires, leaving you wondering about its value.
Oracle exam managers regularly review and evaluate exams for updates or retirement. This keeps exams fresh and relevant. Exam managers may choose to retire an exam for several reasons - there is newer technology and a new exam is being developed, the exam is simply too old and based on a product that may no longer be supported, the exam may refer to training that is no longer available, or it just doesn't make business sense to continue to support and maintain the exam.
What does retirement mean?
Most of the time, when an exam retires, the certification path also retires. This means that no new candidates can take the exam or earn the resulting certification after the retirement date. In some cases, a retiring exam may be only one step in a multi-step certification path. If only one exam in the path is retiring and the certification path does not retire, there will be an alternative to the retiring exam.
If you've earned a certification that's retiring, you will maintain access to your ecertificate, logo and digital certification badge. You will also still be able to publish your credentials to a third party through CertView. Your badge template will be updated to indicate that the certification has been retired by Oracle. If there is an updated version of the credential, it will be noted in the badge description.
So, you simply carry on. Your certification remains valid and you promote your certification like you normally would. If there is an updated version of the exam and certification, you may want to take the exam to earn the updated certification.
Exception to the rule.
There is one exception to this retention of retired certifications. Oracle Database Administrator certifications currently require recertification. Get more information about our recertification policy on our website.
What can I do?
If you have taken a few months to prepare for an exam, the first thing you should do is take another look at the exam page as you near your exam date. You'll want to be sure that the exam topics haven't been updated. You'll also want to be sure that the exam is still valid and see if it's slated for retirement.
If your exam is scheduled to retire soon, there may be a new exam to which you can shift your focus and preparation. Otherwise, you will need to determine if you wish to earn a certification that is nearing retirement.
You can stay up-to-date with upcoming retirements on the Oracle Certification Website's Retirements page.
The good news for candidates seeking certifications in technologies that have been moved to the cloud is that Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions are now available for many areas of technology. These learning subscriptions offer 24/7 digital access to courses and incorporate certification into the experience by offering access to relevant certification exams at no additional cost.
If your certification has retired or is retiring, see what certifications are available through Cloud Learning Subscriptions today.