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Oracle Certificate and Certification Program Overviews

Oracle certifications are intended for IT professionals seeking to demonstrate proficiency in Oracle database and business application operations. Certification levels progress from associate to master for each product-specific area.

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Essential Information

Some schools offer Oracle certification training programs leading to a certificate of completion. This certificate of completion is different from Oracle certification, however, and students still need to pass the Oracle certification exams before being awarded a certification. The training programs are designed to prepare students for specific certification tracks, such as Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate or Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate. Local colleges or technical institutions offer training programs for certification preparation.


Oracle Certificate Program Overview

Typically, a high school diploma or equivalent is the only requirement to enroll in Oracle certificate programs. However, some certificate programs might require previous computer and database experience. Training programs are designed to prepare students for specific Oracle exams, such as PL/SQL Developer, Database Administrator and the like. Coursework in a certificate of completion program focuses on skills necessary for the specific Oracle certification associated with each program track. Some typical courses offered in various tracks include:

  • Principles of database systems
  • Oracle Database 10g Administration
  • Oracle Database 11g and SQL
  • Oracle Web Development with Application Express
  • Oracle 10g Forms and Reports

Career and Salary Information

Systems administrators and database administrators were expected to have average and above-average career growth, respectively, during the 2014-2024 decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Meanwhile, computer programmers are expected to see a decline of 8% in job growth, which is attributed to the ability of companies to outsource programming labor internationally via the internet. According to Payscale.com in August 2016, senior software engineers, developers and programmers with the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) credential earned between $73,021- $132,453. Oracle database administrators with the OCA had median earnings ranging from $61,825-$112,201.

Certification and Continuing Education

Once students have completed a training program, they are prepared to take the Oracle certification exams. The Oracle Certified Associate designation, the lowest level of certification, requires two exams. The specific exams required depend on the product area. To earn certifications at higher levels, individuals need to complete additional training and pass the professional or master exams.

Students can seek Oracle training programs in preparation for the Oracle certification exams. Graduates of these programs may enter into careers as database and system administrators, computer programmers, or software engineers.

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