Upcoming Retirements: What Do They Mean For Those On 9i OCA and OCP DBA Certification Paths?

As you may know, the Oracle9i Database Administrator Associate (OCA) and Professional (OCP) exams and certification paths retire on July 31, 2013.

To complete your Oracle9i Database Administrator certification, you should pass your exams on or before that date. Because of the age of this certification, you may want to consider shifting your focus from 9i to 11g (currently the latest available version of Oracle Database Administrator certification).

Candidates who have already completed a 9i training course in anticipation of obtaining the Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Professional credential may choose to complete the 9i path and then upgrade to Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional by passing a single exam, 1Z0-055 Oracle Database 11g: New Features for 9i OCPs. This way, you will not be required to complete additional training.

Note that your 9i training will not fulfill the training requirement for the Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional. Thus if you choose to pursue the 11g certification (instead of opting for 9i certification and then upgrade to 11g), you will be required to complete additional training. However, if you obtain the 9i certification before the retirement date, and then upgrade to 11g via the upgrade exam, you will not be required to complete additional training.

Key Considerations
  • Be sure you have a Pearson VUE web account.
  • If you took any earlier exams at our previous test vendor, Prometric, you will need to create a web account to register for remaining exams.
  • If you took exams previously at Prometric, you will have an Oracle Testing ID (Prometric ID). When you create your Pearson VUE account, it is very important that you enter your ID. If you already have an ID and Pearson VUE still assigns you a new one, you should request to have the two merged immediately.
  • Authenticate your CertView account if you have not already.
  • You will need the email address and Oracle Testing ID from your Pearson VUE profile.
  • Be sure that you can view all prior exams and certifications in your CertView account. If not, it is likely that you have multiple IDs. Please contact Pearson VUE for assistance with getting your IDs merged.
  • Remember to submit your course form so that your training can be verified.
  • Allow plenty of time to take (and possibly retake) your exam.
  • There is a 14-day waiting period to retake any failed exams. Be sure to build that time into your schedule, regardless of how confident you feel about the exam. If you take one of the retiring exams fewer than 14 days before the retirement date and you fail, you will not have the opportunity to retake the exam.
  • You should also allow time for any issues at the test center. While test center issues are infrequent, a download or connection issue could require you to reschedule. Build a little extra time into your schedule to allow for this eventuality.
  • Be aware of any public holidays that may cause testing centers to be closed close to the retirement date.
  • Avoid the last minute rush. Some testing centers have quite limited seating. They may run out of space as the deadline moves closer.
SCENARIOS
  • Candidates who take all exams before July 31, 2013 but have not submitted the course form:
    • Candidates who have passed all exams by the deadline and have not submitted the course form, may submit the course form after the retirement date and will receive the certification.
  • Candidates who take all exams before July 31, 2013, but have not completed training:
    • Candidates who have passed all exams by the deadline and have not taken training, may take the training and submit the course form after the deadline and will receive the certification.
  • Candidates who complete all requirements by July 31, 2013, but have requirements completed under multiple IDs:
    • Candidates who pass all exams, complete training and submit the course form before the retirement date, but whose certification does not show in CertView because steps were submitted under different Oracle Testing IDs, can merge IDs and receive the certification after the retirement date. 
You can view more information about CertView and Pearson VUE accounts in our Help Center on the Oracle Certification Website. If you have a scenario that is not covered in our scenarios above, or if you have a question that is not covered in our Help Center, you can post it to the comments here (if it does not require posting personal information). If submission of personal information (such as Oracle Testing ID, email address, etc) is required, please do not post here in the blog comments; instead submit an SR to Oracle Certification Support

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Comments:

Hi,
I have completed the OCA 9i Certification and now I want to go on administrative path,Which exam I will have to give ?Can I give the exam 1z0-042 and 1z0-043 directly and earned the 10g Administrator professional certification?

Posted by guest on March 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM PDT #

If you are 9i OCA, you can get to 10g OCP by following the path below:

- pass 042 to get 10g OCA
- complete training
- pass 043
- submit course form (to verify your training)

If you have not already, you will need to authenticate your account in certview.oracle.com using the email address and Oracle testing ID from your Pearson VUE account (pearsonvue.com/oracle). This is how you will access your exam scores, so it is important to take care of this authentication and be sure that you can access CertView BEFORE you take your exams.

You also need to be sure that you are completing your 10g exams using the same testing ID as your 9i exams. You can contact Pearson VUE for assistance with this - www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/contact.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on March 29, 2013 at 09:52 AM PDT #

I began the OCP 9 Certification when the course was not a requirement.

The previous year when I took the Performance Examen that I failed to pass, I wasn't required to do the course, because when I begin the certification, it wasn't a requirement.

Now when I see the requriments, the expcetion clause it doesn't appear, as a year ago?

Where can I contact Oracle for know If a need to take this course?

Best regards

Posted by Jose Luis on May 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM PDT #

Jose,
If you took the first exam in your 9i DBA path before September 1, 2002, then you are exempt from the training requirement for the 9i DBA OCP certification only. You will still need to submit a course form through pearsonvue.com/oracle in order to request the exemption.

You will need to complete the remaining exams in your 9i path before the retirement date. Also be sure that you use the same Oracle Testing ID for all exams - you'll need to create your Pearson VUE web account using the same Oracle Testing ID (prometric ID) you used to register for the exam you have already taken. If, when you create your Pearson VUE web account, Pearson assigns you a new ID, you will need to immediately contact them at pearsonvue.com/oracle/idmerge and request them to merge the two IDs.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on May 14, 2013 at 08:34 AM PDT #

HI All

2 years ago i have completed introduction to sql 9i(DBA track)....i also get certified...
Though i also got trained on database administartion fundamentals 1

now i want to pursue the DBA course in 11g(OCP)...

kindly suggest me the path..

Regards,
Vinay Agrawal

Posted by Vinay on June 03, 2013 at 01:13 AM PDT #

Hi,

I am an OCP 8i DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR and I would like to know if it´s possible to upgrade my release certification to 12c/11g or 10g and which exam(s) you recommend for me.

Is there any deadline for this upgrade of certification?

Best regards,

Sergio Coutinho

Posted by Sergio Coutinho on January 08, 2014 at 09:25 AM PST #

Sergio,
You can upgrade your certification to 12c DBA OCP by passing exam 1Z0-060.

http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=5001&get_params=p_exam_id:1Z0-060

This will allow you to upgrade from 8i DBA OCP to 12c DBA OCP with a single exam.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on January 10, 2014 at 09:47 AM PST #

Hi sir , my self zameer,i completed my btech in 2013 in ece branch ,after i join in c,c++,j2se(JAVA), then i am interst is to learn core dba and APPS dba,is it suitable for me or before going to core dba what kind of course prerequired for me pls repley sir request

Posted by zameer on June 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM PDT #

Zameer,
I suggest that you start with having a look at our website certification.oracle.com. Once you have reviewed the website let us know what questions you still have.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on June 30, 2014 at 02:56 PM PDT #

Hi Brandye,

I completed my Oracle 9i OCA almost 7 years ago. I now want to complete Oracle 9i OCP and then upgrade to Oracle 11g OCP. Whats the best approach?
Can I upgrade from Oracle 9i OCA to Oracle 11g OCA and then complete Oracle 11g OCP? OR
Do I have to first complete Oracle 9i OCP and then upgrade to Oracle 11g OCP?
In either of the cases, can I do the upgrade with only exams or do I need to do any additional courses?

Posted by Atul on July 02, 2014 at 08:58 AM PDT #

Atul,
The 9i certifications have retired, so you can no longer upgrade to 9i OCP. However, you're in luck. We have just released a new path for Oracle Database Administrator Certified Associates to upgrade to 11g or 12c OCP with a single exam and a training course. The exams are currently in beta and the paths have not been officially announced yet.

You can upgrade to 11g DBA OCP from 9i DBA OCA by:
1. Completing required training. You can find a list of courses that fulfill the training requirement on our website at http://bit.ly/1t1VLVH. Click on the 'View Upgrade Path' button for "Oracle Database 11g Administrator OCP - upgrade from Oracle9i or Oracle Database 10g DBA OCA", then "Show Courses" under Step 2.
2. After completing the training, you will need to pass the exam Upgrade Oracle9i/10g OCA to Oracle Database 11g OCP 1Z0-034 http://bit.ly/VI8yhw. This exam is currently in beta. You should go to our website for more information on beta exams http://bit.ly/1tZr5Q6.

If you do not already have a Pearson VUE web accunt created and a CertView account, you will need to:
1. Go to www.pearsonvue.com/oracle and create a web account, using your Prometric ID. If, for any reason Pearson assigns you a new ID, contact them immediately to have the IDs merged - www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/idmerge.
2. Approximately 60 minutes after your Pearson VUE account is created (if you have to have IDs merged, you will need to wait until after IDs have been merged), you will need to go to certview.oracle.com to authenticate your CertView account. This is where you will see your certification and exam history.

The steps above are very important. If you end up with more than one Oracle Testing ID, the Oracle Database will not recognize that you already have the OCA certification and will not grant the OCP certification.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on July 03, 2014 at 09:50 AM PDT #

Hi i am , oracle 9i OCA certified, is there any way so that i can do the 11g OCA or OCP Certification directly.

Posted by guest on September 21, 2014 at 11:21 PM PDT #

You are in luck! We have recently released a path that will allow you to upgrade directly to the 11g DBA OCP certification. You can find more information on our blog: https://blogs.oracle.com/certification/entry/0856_33.

Regards,
Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on September 26, 2014 at 01:39 PM PDT #

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