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DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:27 am    Post subject: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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I'm planning to do DB2 certification. I've done some research on this forum and on the web. There are many people who did V8.1 (exam 700) certification. Also V8.1 or less are mostly used by many companies.

But looks like there is a latest db2 version V9 (exam 730) which may be implemented soon. My dilama is whether to go for V8.1 or V9?
If the companies doesn't use v9 in near future, it may not necessary.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply to: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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Which version do you have the expertise in? It seems logical (maybe only to me) that you'd want to certify at that same level, and that if you have the expertise at the higher level, then that's where you'd want to be.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject:
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Curretnly I have been working on Version 8.1.
My concern is, if version 9 is going to come soon, then better do the certification in that to be up to date with the technology. Does anybody has any idea when V9 will be coming and it's impact?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply to: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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So basically, you're reinforcing my point. If you're only working on Version 8.1, then that's the best level of proficiency that you can attest to. I would imagine that once you've trained for and learned V9 and have worked on it for a period of time, then at that point you should be able to prove your proficiency with it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:15 am    Post subject:
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Thanks superk. But I thought for doing certification, it's not necessary to have working knowledge on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:32 am    Post subject:
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Hello Ramabc and welcome to the forums,

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But I thought for doing certification, it's not necessary to have working knowledge on it.
That depends on how honest you are.

As has been proven many times at sites i support Certification without Qualification is a very bad thing. Several places, i've seen people who had documented certification "escorted" from the facility because they could only pass the test, had not the proper experience and could not do the work.

The difference between 8.1 and 9 may not be significant, but i suggest you consider what Kevin suggested - get certification now on the release where you are proficient. You can later sit for the v9 test if you decide that it would be an asset to you to have that certification also.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply to: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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Some interesting notes I found on this topic:

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A Professional certification in the Computer technology field is a designation earned by a person to assure that he/she is qualified to perform a job or task.

Certifications, generally, need to be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period of time (e.g. the life-time of the product upon which the individual is certified). As a part of a complete renewal of an individual's certification, it is common for the individual to show evidence of continual learning — often termed continuing education — or earning continuing education units (CEU).

The most successful certification programs are oriented toward specific technologies, and are managed by the vendors of these technologies.


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The current proliferation of IT certifications (both offered and attained) has led some technologists to question their value. Proprietary content that has been distributed on the Internet allows some to gain credentials without the implied depth or breadth of expertise. Certifying agencies have responded in various ways: some now incorporate hands-on elements, anti-cheating methodologies or have expanded their content. Others have expired and restructured their certificate programs, and/or raised their fees to deter abuse.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:53 pm    Post subject:
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Thanks Kevin and dick for your valuble information. I have decided to go for v8.1 exam.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply to: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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You're welcome - good luck icon_smile.gif

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply to: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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Hi Everyone!!!

I have been working on Mainframe for quite some time now.

My new project requires knowledge of DB2 also (I never worked on DB2).

My manager told me to take DB2 Basic certificate as early as possible (because client wants only certified professional).

I have gone through DB2 book as well as finihsed book by Roger Sander's also (except 1st chapter, everything is clear to me now).

I got some FAQ from net also.

One of my friend told that pattern and questions have been changed (but she was not sure)

Could any one here tell me if there is any change in pattern of questions asked or study materials...

And suggest me how to get go ahead to understand fundamentals better..

Thanks in advance;
Braj
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply to: DB2 Certification for V8.1 or V9???
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Brajesh, I'm confused, as I'm sure others are also. Maybe you could get your Manager to explain this:

braj wrote:
My new project requires knowledge of DB2 also (I never worked on DB2).


Well, neither have many of us, so that's not unusual.

braj wrote:
My manager told me to take DB2 Basic certificate as early as possible (because client wants only certified professional).


If you've never worked with DB2, then how can your Manager expect you to receive a professional certification for it? The whole concept of a professional certification (and I imagine your client is expecting this) is that you can prove your expertise based on your long-time experience with that particular discipline.

braj wrote:
And suggest me how to get go ahead to understand fundamentals better.


I'm sure that enrolling in an authorized and accreditied training program would be the first step.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

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My manager told me to take DB2 Basic certificate as early as possible (because client wants only certified professional).
If your manager is willing to lie to the clients and present beginners as certified, i would recommend looking for a different place to work.

If a company earns a reputation for providing unqualified resources, it is not long before people who have worked for that company find that they have problems finding new work. Reputable employers may not be willing to take the risk. . .
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:39 pm    Post subject:
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Hi,

I agree with your points.

I started learning DB2 some time back...

When I tried solving question from DB2 certification exam I could solve almost 100% question (except planning/security) correctly.

I want to be ready from my side.. (I will be provided some training on DB2, but that wont be for long duration, so I thought, I would prepare everything from my side, so it would be very easy for me to grasp all thing during training. And get myself certified with proper command on DB2).

I wanted to know, is there any change in DB2 certification exam?

Thanks
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