If like me you took a Sun Microsystems certification a few years back and now find the Sun systems where your certification was recorded that this post might help you recovery your lost certification.
I had completed the Sun SCEA (Sun Certified Enterprise Architect) certification. This is a Java J2EE certifcation which included three elements (as it does today). The components where, a multiple choice exam, a project and a further exam to quiz you on your project submission.
Back in 2004 this was administered by Sun.
The exams where administered through Thomson (now Thomson Prometric) or just Prometric.
Since the Sun exams, Oracle have taken over Sun Microsystems.
The old Sun certification platform now seems inaccessible (though up), and unfortunately the email address for firstname.lastname@example.org returns a “user not found” error.
It looks like all of the Sun Certifications have been transferred to the Oracle platform for safe keeping, The Oracle platform is over at certview.oracle.com.
To make matters a little more complex, Oracle testing is now administered by Pearsonvue.com. (not Thomson aka Prometric).
It’s a double whammy, no Sun and no Prometric = no easy aces to your past certificates.
Getting Setup with Oracle University
In order to be set up with Oracle you need to create one of their Oracle Web Accounts, which is straight forward.
To gain access to their certification and records system (CertView.oracle.com) you have to first register with PearsonVue under the Oracle testing partner page, then once registered you can authenticate your PearsonVue testing account with Oracles CertView by keying in the Pearsonvue ID over at CertView.
But where are my Sun Certifcates ?
The orginal test administrator (Prometric) doesn’t have them and you didn’t take the exam with PearsonVue, so they don’t appear (confirmed on a support call). Oracle (and CertView) has them but you can’t see them unless they are linked and you only have one PearsonVue ID with Oracle.
Linking your Testing Account
When you setup at PearsonVue it will give you the option to merge or reuse an existing testing account. Take this option. Your orginal Thompson testing ID will be found, if you don’t link here (or can’t because your profile details are different), PearsonVue can sort this out (it just took me twenty minutes on the phone to authenticate and then make the request).
If you don’t merge with your historical Sun ID (the old Thomson ID) you will find that Oracle CertView is blank, no certifications, nothing.
Oracle will push you back to PearsonVue to merge your account (effectively you can choose to reuse the old Thomson testing ID) to limit yourself to a single PearsonVue testing ID. You have the option on which Id remains but either way you can only have one.
To merge go to www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/contact and raise a request.
Sucess ! (or not)
Once the testing ID’s are merged, Oracle will then display the correct testing ID in CertView and your certifications should appear – It did for me after about 36 hours from the test ID merge. I can now see the record of achieving the qualification and a PDF of the certificate.
If not get in touch with Oracle Certification Program support at email@example.com. They have been helpful and respond in a timely fashion.
To their credit PearsonVue also respond to queries and are willing to help.