Oracle offers several levels of certification in the company's database software, starting with the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and continuing to the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and Oracle Certified Master (OCM). Students can train for these certifications by enrolling in individual classes or non-credit training programs; credit-granting certificate and associate's degrees are also available.
Schools with Oracle Certified Professional Programs
The following colleges offer courses to become Oracle certified:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|University of California - San Diego||San Diego, CA||4-year, Public||Noncredit Certificate||$2,875 (approximate cost per course)|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private-not-for-profit||Individual Courses||$825 (approximate cost per course)|
|Cecil College||North East, MD||2-year, Public||Certificate||$122 per credit in-district;
$232 per credit in-state;
$283 per credit out-of-state
|Ohlone College||Fremont, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,164 in-state;
$6,828 out-of-state (2018-2019)
|George Mason University||Fairfax, VA||4-year, Public||Certificate|| $12,462 in-state;
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Private||Training Program||$5,494|
|Wake Tech Community College||Raleigh, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate degree||$2,768 in-state;
$8,912 out-of-state (2018-2019)
|North Lake College||Irving, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$59 per credit in-district|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus||Teaneck, NJ||4-year, Private-not-for-profit||Certificate||$40,732|
- Sources: NCES, School websites
School Selection Criteria
Oracle certifications are typically focused on particular types of Oracle database software, including the 9i, 10g and 11g systems. The amount of training required varies depending on the level of certification; however, earning an OCA designation is required before attaining the OCP and OCM designations. Consider the following when choosing a prospective program:
- Students only interested in gaining certification may prefer shorter, more focused courses, while longer programs, such as database management or administration degrees, may provide a broader study of the field.
- Students interested in specializing in a particular area might want to look for programs with concentrations that can include administration, user observation, database management and security.
- Students without much database experience might want to look for schools that offer training for both the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exams.
- If cost is a deciding factor, some schools may offer discounts on the certification entrance fee.
Oracle Certified Professional Training Courses
Training programs for OCPs commonly consist of several classes addressing the fundamentals of database design and management. Students learn to use SQL and manage computer resources. Training length varies depending on whether the program includes OCA-level material.
Oracle Certified Professional Certificate
Certificate programs for OCPs can be completed in one semester and include more general courses in computer science and data modeling. Coursework can include the study of programming and operating systems such as UNIX or Linux.
While some schools offer short-term courses and training programs to prepare students for Oracle certification, others offer this type of instruction through a degree program. This can change the price of certification drastically. Students should consider their reasons for becoming certified and choose a school according to their needs.