Oracle Certified Professional – OCP DBA

by Mirek Burnejko

OCP DBAThe OCP DBA certification is based on the actual version of the Oracle database. In this article you will read about the actual version of the certification – OCP DBA 11g based on Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

To obtain this certification you must take at least on official training (not the cheapest one) and pass only one exam.

OCP is a well-respected certification in the community and will help you with finding a great job on the market.

Do not forget to read our QA session with Paul Sorensen from Oracle.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become OCP DBA

To become Oracle Certified Professional – OCP DBA you must do following steps:

Format of the Exam

The OCA DBA 11g exam is a computer-based test. You must answer 78 single and multi-choice questions during 120 minutes. The passing score is equal to 66%.
More information on the (great) official website.

Where You Can Pass the OCP DBA Exam

You have two options to pass the 1Z0-053 exam.

  • You can pass each of these exams in the nearest Pearson VUE examination center
  • You can also pass the exams in your local Oracle office (Oracle Testing Center (OTC)). To register to the exam you must go to the OTC website and click schedule to buy an exam and choose the date

How Much Does the OCP DBA Exam Cost

The exam costs $195.

How To Renew your OCP DBA Certification

The OCP DBA certification is valid lifelong. Oracle Certified Professional is connected with an actual version of the software. In this example, your title will be – OCP DBA 11g.

Scope of the OCP DBA exam

An actual list of the scope of the exam you can find on the official website.

How To Prepare to the Exam

You must be familiar with the Oracle database in the 11g R2 version. You can download this database from the official Oracle website for free (education version). You should go for the Enterprise edition. You need a free account on the Oracle website.

A good and easy way is to install it in a virtual environment (for example in VirtualBox). The easiest way is to install the Oracle Database on CentOS (RedHat) in VirtualBox. You can also use other virtualization platforms like VMware or Citrix.

Examples of Job Opportunities



Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with OCP DBA please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: I do not have money, but I want to pass the exam and become OCP without a training.
A: Unfortunately you must attend to a training, but you can choose a cheaper training like Oracle Database 11g: Data Warehousing Fundamentals for $1950.