What DBA Qualifications Should I get to Become an Oracle DBA?

What qualifications are out there for Oracle DBAs to obtain? Well, there are a couple of areas to look at:

  1. Courses for Oracle DBAs
  2. Oracle qualifications for Oracle DBAs

Courses for Oracle DBAs

There are hundreds of courses out there for Oracle DBAs, ranging from courses to help you administer to the database to courses for specific functionality within the database, like Streams. There are also courses to help you pass the Oracle qualification exams, Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and Oracle Certified Master (OCM).

I would be careful when deciding which course to take and ensure that it is the most suitable one and one that you are looking for. Most of the courses on Oracle are not cheap and I doubt that you will be able to get your money back once you have completed it. It’s probably advisable to stick with the courses run by Oracle because you know that the quality will be good. Having said that, I would also go on courses from well known people within the Oracle database community, such as Tom Kyte, Jonathan Lewis, Richard Foote, Tanel Poder, etc, etc.

Oracle Qualifications for Oracle DBAs

As mentioned above, there are three main qualifications; OCA, OCP and OCM. OCA is the starting block, followed by OCP and then finally OCM. They get progressively harder and more involved as you go up the levels. For example, you just need to pass 2 exams to pass your OCA. For the OCP, however, you need to have passed your OCA and then do another exam plus have completed an instructor lead course. This is why I mentioned in the previous section about taking courses from Oracle – it will help you to become qualified.

Now, a good question to ask is “How will these qualifications help me?” There are many reasons for taking the courses. The main one is to improve your Oracle knowledge and learn about all of the features in the release that you are taking the qualification for. Also, it will certainly help you to obtain a higher salary and open some doors for you in interviews. After all, it shows that you are committed to learning new skills and developing yourself as an Oracle DBA. It should be noted, however, that just having the qualifications will not mean you can walk into any job.

Experience as an Oracle DBA is absolutely essential and the experience is 2nd to none. Having the choice, I would pick a candidate who had the experience over the qualifications everytime. If there were two equal candidates and one had the qualifications and one didn’t, then the one with the grades would look more favourable.

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