how to become oracle certified DBA by manish sharma

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After completing my internship from Center for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) Govt. of India, I enrolled for the Oracle DBA course. Along with this, I have also done certification courses in Java programming and C programming. You can take a look at my Resume or connect with me on my LinkedIn.

Since the publishing of this blog post, Oracle has updated some of its courses. In addition some have been retired. Based on the newer versions of Oracle database you can read about the latest certification paths for Oracle certified DBA here.

Oracle DBA course time duration

It was a 3 months course but it took around 7 months to complete because of the course content and I wasn’t in a hurry since I wanted to understand the entire concept in depth in order to achieve good percentage in my exams.

I opted for a classroom program which involves 4 hours of classes 5 days a week. For study material, I got Oracle e-books and course presentations. 

Oracle DBA course program content

Oracle DBA certification involves 3 modules each followed by an exam. 

  1. Oracle Database 10g: Introduction To SQL
  2. Oracle 10g Database Administration Workshop-1
  3. Oracle 10g Database Administration Workshop- 2

After completing the 1st module you have to go through a 2-week training of Linux (RHEL). In which you will learn Linux fundamentals such as Linux installation for Oracle database, Setting-up Linux for Oracle installation, Network setup, basic shell scripting, Linux file-system, How to create files in Linux, CHMOD etc.

Oracle DBA exam syllabus

In each module, you have to cover different topics and concepts of Oracle 10g or 11g.

Oracle Database 10g: Introduction to SQL

The first phase of how to become Oracle DBA:

This module concentrates on fundamentals as well as Advance SQL. In this module, you will learn a lot about SQL. You can also check my SQL video tutorial for assistance.

This module has 20 chapters which are divided into 2 parts.
These are as follows:

Part 1

  1. Retrieving data using the SQL select statement
  2. Restricting and sorting data
  3. Using single row function to customize the output.
  4. Reporting aggregated data using the grout function.
  5. Displaying data from multiple tables –I
  6. Displaying data from multiple tables-II
  7. Using subqueries to solve problems
  8. Using set operators
  9. Manipulating data
  10. Using DDL statements to create and manage tables
  11. Creating other schema objects
  12. Managing objects with data dictionary

Part 2

  1. Controlling User access
  2. Managing schema objects
  3. Manipulating large data sets
  4. Generating a report by grouping related data
  5. Managing data in different time zones
  6. Retrieving data using subqueries
  7. Hierarchical retrieval
  8. Regular expression support

After completing Oracle Database 10g: Introduction to SQL as mentioned above, you’ll have 2 weeks of Linux (RHEL) training. When you are done with Oracle Database 10g: Introduction to SQL you can appear for the 1st exam. If you successfully complete this exam then you will qualify as Oracle Certified SQL expert.

Oracle 10g Database Administration Workshop-1

This is the Second module of Oracle DBA certification and the second phase of How to become Oracle DBA.

In this module, you will learn several advance Oracle topics such as Installation, Managing Oracle instance, Memory management, SQL tuning, a little bit about backups and recovery, Oracle net services, Move data between databases and files.

This module has 18 chapters

  1. Introduction (Database Architecture)
  2. Installing the Oracle Database Software
  3. Creating an Oracle Database
  4. Managing the Oracle Instance
  5. Managing Database Storage Structures
  6. Administering User Security
  7. Managing Schema Objects
  8. Managing Data and Concurrency
  9. Managing Undo Data
  10. Implementing Oracle Database Security
  11. Configuring the Oracle Network Environment
  12. Proactive Maintenance
  13. Performance Management
  14. Backup and Recovery Concepts
  15. Performing Database Backups
  16. Performing Database Recovery
  17. Performing Flashback
  18. Moving Data

After completing Oracle 10g Database Administration Workshop-1 you can appear for your second exam. On successful completion of this exam, you will qualify as Oracle Certified Associate (OCA).

Oracle 10g Database Administration Workshop- 2

Last and the toughest Module in Oracle DBA certification is the third phase of how to become Oracle DBA.

This module mainly concentrates on Database recovery and backups.

This module has 17 chapters.

  1. Introduction
  2. Configuring RMAN
  3. Using RMAN
  4. Non-Critical Recovery
  5. Recovery
  6. Flashback
  7. Corruption
  8. Memory
  9. Performance
  10. Schema
  11. Storage
  12. ASM
  13. Resources
  14. Scheduler
  15. Security
  16. Globalization
  17. Workshop

After completing Oracle 10g Database Administration Workshop- 2 you can appear for your 3rd exam and on successful completion, you will qualify as oracle certified professional.

Oracle has launched new versions like 12c and 18c since the publishing of this blog. You can check out Oracle DBA certification path for newer versions here. Also, if you are planning to become Oracle database developer then check the latest certification path here.

Oracle DBA 10g certification path

To be an Oracle certified DBA you have to give 3 exams

1. Oracle Database SQL Expert Exam Number:1Z0-047

You can take this exam after completing first module Oracle Database 10g: Introduction to SQL. This is an online multiple choice based exam concentrating on SQL/PLSQL knowledge.

This exam is valid for Oracle Database 10g, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, and Oracle Database 12c.

It is a 2 hour (160 mins.) exam and has 70 multiple choice questions. To pass this exam you have to secure a minimum of 66%means you have to correctly answer at least 47 questions.

This is an online exam thus you will get your result after 10 minutes of completing this exam. If you successfully complete this exam you will get an Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert certificate both e-certificate and printed certificate which will get delivered at your registered address.

You can visit Oracle website for payment and other information

2. Oracle Database 10g: Administration- I Exam Number:1Z0-042

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This exam is also known by the name of OCA or Oracle certified associate. This is because on successful completion of this exam you will be an Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate.

Oracle Database 10g: Administration-1 is a 2 hour (160 mins.) exam with 84 multiple choice questions. To pass this exam you have to secure a minimum of 68% which means you have to correctly answer at least 58 questions. This is valid against Oracle Database 10g R2.

You can visit Oracle website for payment and other information

3. Oracle Database 10g: Administration- II Exam Number: 1Z0-043

After successfully completing this exam you will be an Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional.

Like other two this is also a multiple choice online exam which has 70 questions with a duration of 90 minutes. To clear this exam you have to secure at least 70% which means 49 correct answers.

The exam is valid against Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Database 10g R2. On successful completion of this exam, you will get an Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional in print as well as an e-certificate.

You can visit Oracle website for payment and other information

So, there you go! Hope these details help you in your endeavor to become an Oracle Certified DBA. I have tried to make the whole process easy to understand and follow. If you have further questions then connect with me on my Facebook Page. Also, please Do Share This Blog. Good Luck Folks!