The 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:
- Have the actual OCA DBA 11g certification
- Attend to one training from the official list. Must be added after passing the exam to a Course Submission Form on the Pearson VUE page
- Pass the Oracle Database 11g: Administration II exam (1Z0-053)
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
- OCA/OCP Oracle Database 11g All-in-One Exam Guide with CD-ROM for $50 [Recommended]
- OCP: Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional Certification Kit
- To become a OCP certified you must attend to at least one official training. You can find this list of the Oracle website and register to any through the portal. You can choose an instructor-led training, online training or video-based training from that list. Remember to put this information on the Pearson VUE website, after passing the exam.
- We recommend the Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop II DBA Release 2 training – 5 days ($3250)
- Practice Exams – great materials for test your skills
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
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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.