Six Hot Oracle Certifications for 2023
Oracle’s cloud, hardware, and software solutions have a robust market worldwide. Organizations use Oracle products to streamline processes and modernize and expand their businesses. The company is internationally known for its signature Oracle Database product, a widely used relational database. Oracle also offers an end-to-end suite of cloud applications and cloud infrastructure services.
Oracle has developed a comprehensive certification program to enable IT professionals to develop current knowledge and hands-on skills in the application of Oracle technologies in government departments as well as businesses. Oracle certifications are globally recognized.
Oracle offers credentials in multiple categories:
Oracle Cloud — OCI, PaaS, Oracle Fusion Cloud Customer Experience, Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management, Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning, Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management and Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain and Manufacturing.
Oracle Software and Hardware — Applications, Software, Enterprise Management, Middleware, Business Intelligence, Industry Applications, Operating Systems, Systems and Virtualization.
In 2022, demand was highest for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), Autonomous Database and SQL, and Java programming skills. Here are six Oracle credentials that can help you stand out from the IT professional crowd:
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) 2022 Certified Architect Associate
The OCI 2022 Certified Architect Associate certification is one of Oracle’s most popular certifications. It is suitable for professionals who have experiential knowledge of the fundamentals of architecting cloud infrastructure with the help of OCI services.
This certification demonstrates the ability to launch bare metal and virtual compute instances, instantiate load balancers, employ best practices for high availability (HA) and security, use advanced database functions and features, such as BYOL, data encryption, data guard, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Real Application Clusters (RAC), Exadata, and advanced networking components, and spinning up infrastructure employing OCI services.
Oracle recommends six months of hands-on experience in the design and implementation of OCI solutions and training on the latest OCI version.
To earn this credential, you need to pass the 90-minute multiple choice Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2022 Architect Associate exam (1Z0-1072-22) with a passing score of 65 percent. Exam prep options include the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription.
The Oracle Cloud Recertification Policy applies to this credential. OCI certifications are valid for two years from the date of certification. To recertify, you need to pass the latest version of the exam.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2022 Certified Architect Professional
The OCI 2022 Certified Architect Professional certification is a level above the Architect Associate certification. The OCI 2022 Certified Architect Associate certification is a prerequisite for the Architect Professional credential.
This certification validates advanced knowledge and practical experience in the planning, design, implementation and management of OCI solutions. The credential covers solutions planning, design, application and operation, database design, implementation, processing and maintenance, designing hybrid cloud architecture, workload migration to OCI, and design and best practices for security and compliance.
Oracle recommends at least one year of broad experience in the design, implementation and processing of advanced solutions at scale on OCI.
To earn the OCI 2022 Certified Architect Professional certification, you need to be an Architect Associate and pass the 120-minute OCI Architect Professional exam (1Z0-997-22) with a passing score of 65 percent. Candidates looking for guided training for the exam might want to consider the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription. This certification comes under the Oracle Cloud Recertification Policy.
Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud 2022 Certified Professional
The OAD Cloud Certified Professional certification is one of Oracle’s most sought-after credentials among database professionals. It demonstrates in-depth understanding and the ability to apply the functions, workflows, architecture and other features of an Autonomous Database and to use AD tools to develop an autonomous Database.
This credential covers provisioning, monitoring, management and migration of workloads to Autonomous Database, on shared as well as dedicated Exadata infrastructure. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Oracle emphasizes hands-on experience using Autonomous Database and current training.
To achieve this credential, you need to pass the 90-minute multiple-choice exam (1Z0-931-22) with a passing score of 65 percent. This exam has been updated with Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud 2022. Exam prep options include Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription.
The OAD Cloud 2022 Certified Professional credential comes under Oracle’s Cloud Recertification Policy.
Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate
The Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate certification is suitable for database professionals who wish to develop and demonstrate knowledge of core SQL concepts and the ability to handle database implementation and management. Oracle Database SQL Certified Associates have in-depth understanding of SQL and its application in Oracle Database server operations.
This certification is designed to enable candidates to develop solid SQL language skills, the ability to generate and manipulate tables in an Oracle database using SQL, and handle data modelling tasks. Topics include basic knowledge of queries, editing SQL statements, Data Definition and Data Control language, SQL query optimizers, tables and indexes and normalization. Candidates should be conversant with fundamental computing concepts, have knowledge of the Command Line Interface (CLI) and be able to work from the command line.
To earn the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate certification, you need to pass the 120-minute Oracle Database SQL exam (1Z0-071) with a passing score of 63 percent. This exam is up to date with product version Oracle Database 184.108.40.206.0 and up to 19c. Exam preparation options from Oracle include their Technology Learning Subscription.
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer
Java is one of the top five programming languages. Millions of developers and programmers across the world learn Java because it is widely used to develop desktop, web and enterprise applications, mobile apps, systems for embedded devices, AI applications, robotics and games. Platforms or editions of Java include Java SE (Java Standard Edition), Java EE (Java Enterprise Edition), Java ME (Micro Edition) and Java FX.
The OCP Java SE 11 Developer certification validates advanced knowledge of Java SE and software development skills using Java SE. This certification covers Java programming, coding best practices, object orientation in depth, modularity and the latest features of Java SE 11, including lambda parameters and new utility methods in String classes.
To earn this certification, you need to pass the 90-minute Java SE 11 Developer exam (1Z0-819) with a passing score of 68 percent. This exam has been updated with product version Java SE 11. Options for exam preparation include Oracle’s Java Learning Subscription and Technology Learning Subscription.
Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Java SE 8 Programmer
The OCP Java SE 8 Programmer certification is designed for Java SE programmers. The Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java SE 8 Programmer credential is a prerequisite for this certification. The OCA Java SE 8 certification demonstrates foundational knowledge of Java.
The OCP Java SE 8 credential validates advanced knowledge of Java programming using Java SE 8. Exam topics include best practices for writing code, application design using the modular system, testing code snippets and APIs using JShell, and developing web-based interfaces using JavaServer pages and Servlets.
To achieve the OCP Java SE 8 Programmer certification, you need to pass two exams. Once you pass the first exam, Java SE Programmer I exam (1Z0-808) with a passing score of 65 percent, you qualify as an Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer. The second step is the Java SE Programmer II exam (1Z0-809). You need to pass this 120-minute exam with a passing score of 65 percent. This exam is valid for product version Java SE 8.
Oracle recommends hands-on experience and up-to-date training. Candidates are advised to take Oracle’s Java SE 8 Fundamentals training for the first exam. Exam preparation options for the second exam include Oracle’s Java SE 8 Programming course and Sample Questions.