Starting August 1, 2011, Oracle will introduce a new requirement for those seeking certification for Java Architect, Java Developer, Solaris System Administrator and Solaris Security Administrator.
Under the new qualification criteria, IT professionals will be required to attend hands-on training provided by approved, instructor-led courses. According to the announcement on the Oracle education website, self-study courses on CD-ROM or recorded web courses do not meet the requirement.
The courses listed on the Oracle education website last from three to five days and cost roughly $2,000 to almost $4,000. They must be taken through Oracle University Training Center, Oracle Authorized Education Center or Oracle Authorized Education Partner, Oracle Workforce Development, or Oracle Academy and approved programs.
From now through July 31, professionals can still get certified based on the current requirements.