1. take out check book
2. write an exorbinate amount of money on the line
3. send it off to larry
4. take tests pass (maybe)
5. Get certification letter in the mail
6. Oracle desupports your OCP database version that you just got.
7. Oracle demands that you upgrade your OCP.
8. rinse and repeat.
If you want to earn respect and learn something, go attend the classes on your own using your own money to do so. You'll get more out of it and you get to keep the books Besides, if you foot the bill you'll do your best to get your moneys worth.
Taking the initiative to learn on your own speaks volumes with managers (at least in my experience).
Getting ceritfied just shows you can read a book and memorize something and it's just one more way Larry can fund his sailboat.
Oracle it's not just a database it's a lifestyle!
BTW....You need to get a girlfriend who's last name isn't .jpg