Oracle Certifications

  1. Oracle Certifications Overview

Oracle certifications validate a candidate's knowledge, experience and expertise using Oracle's various business technologies.

While Oracle is probably best known for its database products, the company also develops tools, systems and products to address a wide range of specific business needs such as customer relationship management (CRM) software and supply chain management (SCM) software - so the options available for Oracle certification are many and varied.

In essence, Oracle certifications can be divided into technology-related sections:
  • Application Certifications - including Agile, CRM on Demand, E-Business Suite, Oracle Financials, PeopleSoft, Siebel and more.

  • Database Certifications - including Oracle Database 12c, Enterprise Manager, MySQL Database Administration and more.

  • Industries Certifications - including Argus, Billing and Revenue Management, Oracle Enterprise Taxation and Policy Management and more.

  • Java and Middleware Certifications - including Java, SOA and BPM, WebCenter, Application Development Framework and more.

  • Operating Systems Certfications - offering certifications in Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris.

  • Systems Certifications - offering certifications in Engineered Systems, Servers and Storage.

  • Virtualization Certifications - Server virtualization and Desktop Virtualization.

  • Foundation Certifications - Project Lifecycle Management and Oracle Technical Architecture.

In order to take an Oracle exam candidates should first register with Oracle's testing partner, Pearson Vue. When you first register you will be assigned your Oracle Testing ID. You will also need to create a CertView account with Oracle so that you can see your exam test scores (when you've finished the exam you will be redirected to the CertView page. This is the only way to find out if you have passed or failed, so register the account before you take your exam so you don't have to wait to know your result).

In the main, Oracle certifications are offered in three levels - Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and Oracle Certified Master (OCM). For certification tracks where there is a second (OCP) or third-level (OCM) certification available, the lower-level certification(s) (OCA/OCP) is almost always a pre-requisite for the higher-level one. Also, some Oracle certifications require mandatory hands-on training (in addition to passing the exam) before candidates will be awarded the certification.

For a full list of all Oracle certifications and the relevant certification details and requirements visit this page or, if the range of options available seems daunting, Oracle offer a handy certification 'finder' to help you determine the right Oracle certification for you.