Oracle Linux Administrator – OCA

by Mirek Burnejko

Oracle Linux AdministratorOracle Linux Administrator – OCA is one of the few Linux certifications from Oracle.

Oracle in 2006 released their own distribution, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. What was the goal? To provide a free distribution with an amazing (paid) support. You can use this distribution for many purposes, but the main goal is to provide an operating system for Oracle products (mainly for databases).

The Oracle Linux Administrator certification is really great for people who have other Linux certifications, but also you can use it as a starting point with Linux in general.

Let’s look for more details.

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

What Exams You Must Pass to Become Oracle Linux Administrator

You have two options.

If you have any other Linux certification

  • Use Enterprise Linux Fundamentals Exam Waiver and pass only one exam, Oracle Linux System Administration 1Z0-403
  • Just visit Oracle on Pearson VUE
  • Select: Submit Course Form and login with Pearson VUE account
  • Click New Submission and choose Oracle Enterprise Linux Administrator Certified Associate
  • Choose a Linux certification you have. Oracle accepts LPIC on any level, RHCE and Novell Certified Linux Engineer. You can also type any other Linux certifications like RHCSA, CompTIA Linux+
  • You must send a copy of your certification to [email protected]
  • Then you will receive an information about approval of your certification

If you do not have any Linux certifications

  • Pass two exams Oracle Linux Fundamentals 1Z0-402 and Oracle Linux System Administration 1Z0-403

Of course you can pass the 1Z0-403 before 1Z0-402 or before an acceptation of your other Linux certification by Oracle.

Format of the Exam

Both exams are normal computer-based tests that you can pass in a proctored environment in Pearson VUE.

For Oracle Linux Fundamentals you must answer 87 questions and you have 120 minutes for that. The passing score is equal to 57%.
For Oracle Linux System Administration you must answer 113 single and multi-choice questions during 2 hours. The passing score is equal to 62%.

Where You Can Pass the Oracle Linux Administrator Exam

You can pass the exams in the nearest Pearson VUE examination center. Just use a search engine on the VUE site to find a center and register through online process. (with Enterprise Linux Fundamentals Exam Waiver use the process described above).

How Much Does the Oracle Linux Administrator Exam Cost

The Oracle Linux Fundamentals exam 1Z0-402 and the Oracle Linux System Administration exam 1Z0-403 cost $195 each.

How To Renew your Oracle Linux Administrator Certification

At this moment this certification is valid life-long. You do not need to renew it.

Scope of the Oracle Linux Administrator Exam

Oracle Linux Fundamentals

  • Enterprise Linux Fundamentals
  • Multi User Concepts
  • The Linux File System
  • Shell Basics
  • Regular Expressions
  • Shell Scripting
  • X Window System
  • The actual list of the topics you can find here

Oracle Linux System Administration

  • Installing Enterprise Linux
  • Post-Install System Configuration
  • Filesystem Administration
  • Networking
  • Security Concepts
  • Linux Kernel Compilation
  • Troubleshooting
  • The actual list of the topics you can find here

How To Prepare to Oracle Linux Administrator Exam

The exams are based on the Oracle Linux. The actual version you can find on the exam page.

  • Books
  • Lab
    • You can download an Oracle Linux distribution (you can choose a virtual machine) from the Oracle website¬†for free. (you must create an account on the Oracle website)
    • You can install Oracle Linux at your computer or a virtual machine, but without a license you cannot download anything from the Oracle repositories and have an access to Unbreakable Linux Network. So, the best way is to install CentOS which is derived entirely from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution. We recommend to do some labs with the Oracle Linux, to have an idea about integration with the Oracle portal and the license manager.
    • The best way for you, to learn materials for the Oracle Linux Administrator exam is a virtual environment. You can build a free lab on you workstation with CentOS and VirtualBox. More in that great video.
  • Official Trainings

Examples of Job Opportunities



Success Story

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Questions and Answers

Q: What other certifications from Oracle are good for the Oracle Certified Administrator certifications? What gives me the best results?
A: If you work as a pure Linux administrator you should try other distributions with the LPI certifications or move deeper into the Red Hat world with RHCSA or RHCE. If your goal are databases, it is a good idea to move towards database certifications. One of the exam for the Oracle Certified Master is Oracle Database 10g: Managing Oracle on Linux for Database Administrators (where you can use your Linux skills as well).

Q: Where can I find some sample questions from the exams?
A: You can find few questions on the official Oracle website.

Q: Is it a good idea to pass the Oracle Linux Fundamentals exam 1Z0-402 or maybe go for other certifications?
A: The LPI certifications covers many Linux distribution, which is great for general understanding of the Linux world. RHCE is one of the most respectful certification in the industry. So yes, it is good to pass other Linux certifications. But, please remember, with 1Z0-402 you will also receive Oracle Linux Certified Implementation Specialist certification, that you can use in your IT Resume with other certifications.

  • Sarb Z

    Do you have any idea, how much value is there for this certification out there in IT industry?

    • ICM

      Hi Sarb. At this moment it is still a new product, so I truly believe we need 3-5 years and another levels from Oracle (OCP, maybe OCM).
      Still RHCE is the king in the linux world.

  • Sarb Z

    I appreciate your quick answer sir, so as you have mentioned that there is no official book from Oracle out there for these two exams, we would have to use Red Hat books to earn it. you mean both the books you suggested in this post covers the entire syllabus for the certification or i would have to buy some other books too? just making sure… please advice…. thanks

    • ICM

      These books are the best, because Oracle Linux is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and you will not find so much differences (support is a key). You can train on CentOS (no problem with repositories), but it is really recommended to a) install and play with Oracle Linux (also free, but without repositories and Unbreakable Linux Network).

      I hope Oracle will release a book for Oracle Linux Administrator, but for now you can play with these books.