I have been trying to interest the guys at work to become Oracle Certified Masters (OCM).
I put together a plan for my manager and worked out the cost to be AUD 14,000, on average, for each DBA to complete the prerequisite training and examination.
Some of the objections I encountered were:
- What happens if the DBA fails?
- What is the point of becoming an OCM?
- It is too expensive
- They do not know any other OCMs
I suppose the concept is too new for people to comprehend what it means to their careers. I view the attainment of an OCM to be a personal achievement.
There are currently:
- 707 10G OCM profiles published.
- 135 11G OCM profiles published.
Considering there are probably tens of thousands of Oracle DBAs employed worldwide, to an OCM is to be in the top 1% or so. Maybe, it is the elitism that scares people off.