Post date: Mar 31, 2013 3:06:37 PM
Very few people are aware that there are certifications available for SOA professionals. Whether these certificates are useful or not? One should go for them or not? I am not saying yes to these questions. In fact I will say no. But still for the benefit of the readers I am listing some information related to SOA certifications:-
IBM SOA Certifications
IBM has three types of certifications related to SOA
SOA Software Group certifications
IBM Certified SOA Associate 
According to IBM website this test is for : This entry level certification is intended for individuals who work on SOA projects, such as architects, technical sales people, sales people, administrators, application developers, business analysts, project managers, system integrators, business integrators, managers, project sponsors and others.
IBM Certified SOA Solution Designer 
According to IBM web site : This intermediate level certification is intended for solution designers, or consultants and architects with previous experience designing SOA application components and business integration solutions. They are part of project teams responsible for designing SOA solutions.
SOA Software Group Platform
IBM Certified Administrator for SOA Solutions - WebSphere Process Server V6.1
According to IBM web site : This intermediate level certification is intended for system administrators that perform the installation, configuration and day-to-day tasks associated with ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the WebSphere Process Server runtime environment. This includes product installation, configuration and deployment of business processes and adapters, connecting to back-end resources and basic troubleshooting. These individuals tune the WebSphere Process Server runtime environment with respect to resource utilization, scaling, clustering and load balancing as appropriate.
According to IBM website they will remain with these existing tests for year 2009.
More info on IBM website:- http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/soa_index.shtml
BEA (Now Oracle) SOA Certification
Oracle SOA Architect Certified Expert
According to Oracle website:- The SOA Enterprise Architecture candidate understands both technical and organizational issues and how to deal with conflict between the two using best practices, design principles, and industry-standard organizational models. A SOA Enterprise Architecture Certification designation demonstrates a high level of expertise in applying the Oracle SOA Domain Model and Reference Architecture to enterprise-scale scenarios.
Education website of Oracle has some online courses for SOA:
SOA: Architectural Concepts and Design Principles (BEA)
SOA: Architectural Concepts of Service Infrastructure (BEA)
SOA: Architectural Concepts of Service Design (BEA)
Organization, Planning & Architectural Considerations for SOA (BEA)
SOA: Architectural Concepts of Service Infrastructure - LVC (BEA)
Organization, Planning & Architectural Considerations for SOA - RWS (BEA)
They offer-Instructor Led Training, Live Virtual Class, Private Events
More information on Oracle education website:-
About Exam - http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=284
About courses - http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getSearchResults