Certification

Build your résumé with Method R skills.

When you can see the world the Method R way, you can see the world more clearly.

You see things that others cannot.

Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as a “performance expert,” Method R certification plans offer you a way to learn how make your Oracle system faster, with less risk and less guessing than you’ve ever imagined. By learning the core skill of calculating the probable payoff of a proposed idea, you cut straight to the ideas that advance your team’s objectives without wasting time on ideas that were destined to fail.

By understanding your Oracle system the Method R way, you will make better decisions, faster.

Our certification requirements are rigorous. People who attain Method R certification provide tremendous value to the organizations they serve.

If you are interested in attaining Method R certification, we can help.

Method R certified practitioner level 1

Level 1 Certified Practitioner

  • Is familiar with Method R the method
  • Understands time and program data scope
  • Has read and understands all the chapters of Optimizing Oracle Performance
  • Has read and understands all the chapters of The Method R Guide to Mastering Oracle Trace Data
  • Knows the basics of Oracle tracing and traces single-task sessions like reports, batch jobs, and scripts
  • Understands intimately how to use the “top half” of the Method R Workbench application
  • Fixes simple trace file scoping errors by using Method R Workbench cropping features
  • Recognizes common performance anti-patterns in Method R Workbench profile reports
Method R certified practitioner level 2

Level 2 Certified Practitioner

  • Has mastered all the Level 1 Certified Practitioner requirements
  • Uses Oracle tracing features and Oracle triggers to collect properly scoped trace data for individual user experiences
  • Uses Oracle database-level tracing without incurring measurement intrusion
  • Finds and properly scopes performance data for individual user experiences from collections of hundreds of trace files
  • Navigates complicated data scoping problems
  • Identifies performance improvement opportunities in a wide variety of cases
  • Proposes sensible remedy actions for performance problems and can predict their benefits, costs, and risks
  • Identifies the point of diminishing returns for improving the performance of a user experience
  • Knows how to apply all the preconfigured actions in the “bottom half” of the Method R Workbench application
  • Understands when Oracle trace data implies performance improvement opportunities in Oracle and non-Oracle tiers
Method R certified practitioner level 3

Level 3 Certified Practitioner

  • Has mastered all the Level 2 Certified Practitioner requirements
  • Teaches Method R and Method R Workbench application principles to colleagues
  • Teaches application developers how to use Oracle session handle attribute values to simplify performance data collection
  • Uses system tools like strace and DTrace to learn how the Oracle Database software is using its operating system and underlying hardware
  • Explains profile report results to non-Oracle specialists, even in uncomfortable, high-pressure circumstances
  • Writes custom actions for the “bottom half” of the Method R Workbench application
  • Leads code reviews with Oracle application developers and database administrators
  • Writes high-quality engagement reports detailing Method R analysis projects
  • Integrates Method R measurement principles into application testing, hardware and software upgrades, platform migrations, capacity planning, and other problem preemption contexts