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    September 11, 2014

Extreme Certifications – OCP Release Jumping with 1Z0-034 and 1Z0-067

Brandye Barrington
Sr. Program Manager

Guest Post from Matthew Morris of the Oracle Certification Prep blog.

I was recently asked to submit a guest post for this blog about the pros and cons of the two new OCA to OCP certifications currently undergoing beta testing. Since I have been following those exams from before they were officially announced, I was happy to do so. In May, I speculated on my own blog about the possibility of a cross-version OCA-to-OCP exam following a teaser comment that was made in the LinkedIn OCP group. When the exams were announced in late June, I wrote about my first impressions of the announcement and what the new tracks meant for OCAs certified in older releases. In the months since that post, I have researched both exams and have a reasonably detailed picture of the subject matter being tested in each.

Before I start making comparisons, it is necessary to define exactly what the alternative to these exams would be. There is often more than one potential upgrade path between database releases. The grid below contains what I consider to be the most likely paths that Oracle Certified Associates in 9i, 10g and 11g would take to become 11g or 12c Oracle Certified Professionals.

11gOCP 12c OCP
9i OCA 1Z0-052, 1Z0-053 1Z0-062, 1Z0-063
10g OCA 1Z0-043, 1Z0-050 1Z0-043, 1Z0-060
11g OCA N/A 1Z0-053, 1Z0-060

On the Positive side…

As the grid shows, the traditional cross-release upgrade paths all require two exams. Most of the advantages of taking either 1Z0-034 or 1Z0-067 stem from consolidation to a single exam. The benefits from upgrading via the 034/067 exams include:

  • Cost – A single exam means only one exam fee. In addition, if you normally purchase preparation materials, you will only be doing so for a single exam.
  • Time – While both 1Z0-034 and 1Z0-067 contain more topics than either of the individual exams in the legacy upgrade paths, the fact that you can focus on a single exam has the potential to reduce the time spent preparing.
  • Focus –The 1Z0-034 exam includes only topics relevant to the 11g release of Oracle and 1Z0-067 includes only topics relevant to the 12c version of the database. 10g OCAs upgrading to a later release will normally take 1Z0-043 and 11g OCAs upgrading to 12c will normally take 1Z0-053. If their goal is to be the best 11g/12c OCP possible, taking a test that focuses on that release is the better solution.

On the Negative Side…

There is no such thing as a free lunch. These exams can help OCAs in older releases to upgrade for a lower cost, but there is still a price to be paid.

  • Size – Both of these exams are considerably larger than either of the single exams of the conventional upgrade path. Exam candidates must be prepared to invest more time than they normally would for a single exam. If you typically allocate six weeks to prepare for a single exam, then you should plan to invest at least nine to ten weeks for these. Candidates that try to get by with their standard prep time are likely to find themselves in deep trouble on test day.
  • Return – The 10g and 11g legacy paths in the grid above result in candidates holding OCP designations in two releases of Oracle, 10g/11g plus the target release. The 034/067 exams will result in only a single OCP credential. Candidates will remain an OCA in the older release.
  • Difficulty – Having looked at the material covered by these exams, I can state with confidence that they will be more difficult than either of the individual exams of the legacy upgrade paths. This means that certification candidates need to be extra vigilant in preparing for them.

Both 1Z0-034 and 1Z0-067 borrow heavily from earlier tests offered by Oracle. For 1Z0-034, the test developers from Oracle Certification cherry-picked topics from the 10g Admin II (1Z0-043) and New Features (1Z0-040) exams, along with the 11g Admin I (1Z0-052), Admin II (1Z0-053), and New Features (1Z0-050) exams. 1Z0-067 contains most of those same topics, plus a number from the 12c administration exams (1Z0-060, 1Z0-062, and 1Z0-063), and several topics that are brand new. The end result is that both exams present a very comprehensive set of topics to certification candidates. Additional information about the two exams can be located at the following links:

1Z1-034: Upgrade Oracle9i/10g OCA to Oracle Database 11g OCP

1Z1-067: Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP

Numerous times I have seen posts on various forums by Oracle Certified Associates specifically requesting exams that would allow a cross-release upgrade to OCP. The Oracle Certification program listened and has responded. So long as certification candidates make use of these new paths with eyes wide open, the exams have the potential to provide a faster, cheaper route to enhancing their Oracle credentials.

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Comments ( 62 )
  • guest Tuesday, November 25, 2014


    I did OCP exm(IZ0-043) last year..

    For 12C OCP what I need to do or which exam I have to give?

  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Did you earn the 10g OCP certification last year? If so, you can upgrade to 12c via exam 060.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Manikanta Wednesday, December 17, 2014

    Hi Brandye,

    I earned 10g OCA. Can i upgrade to OCP on this level(OCA).

    Can i write it to 11g OCP after march 1st 2015.

    Please Guide me.



  • Manikanta Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Hi Brandye,

    I earned 10g OCA. Can i elegible to write 11g OCP. or i have to write 11g OCA and then 11g OCP.

    Could you please suggest me.

  • Brandye Barrington Thursday, December 18, 2014


    Yes, you can upgrade directly from 10g OCA to 11g DBA OCP by passing exam 034 and completing 11g Database training. And, yes, you can complete this path after March 1, 2015.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Yasir Tuesday, December 23, 2014


    I am oca 9i. What are my options for ocp 11g?

    Do I have to go to all the exams of OCP 11g(OCA+OCP) if not opting for 1Z1-034?

  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, December 23, 2014


    If you choose not to take the 034 exam and complete training, you will need to complete the 11g OCA and then 11g OCP paths in order to get to 11g DBA OCP.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Sachin Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Hi Brandye,

    I had done 10g OCA ,and planning for 1z1-034 for upgrading to 11g OCP.

    But I am worried about the pattern and type of question in the exams , is there any help available to go for this exam.



  • guest Monday, January 5, 2015


    I came to know about 1Z1-067 today.

    I am OCP 11gR2 certified & would like to upgrade to OCP 12c.

    What is the difference between taking 1z0-060 & 1z1-067 exam?



  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    Hi Arun,

    The 067 exam will just cover more than the 060 exam. My recommendation would be - if you plan to take the 067 beta before it ends this weekend, I'd go for the 067 exam because of the cost.

    If you don't plan to take the 067 in beta, the 060 will be a better option.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Hari Thursday, January 8, 2015

    Since the 067 beta exam going to end with this weekend, when will the new exam available and how much it would cost in Indian rupees.



  • Lorena Mireles Tuesday, January 13, 2015


    I am in a similar situation. I am OCP 11g certified and I would like to upgrade to OCP 12c. Will the 060 exam be sufficient to upgrade my certification? Would this be my best option?

    Thanks and regards,


  • guest Thursday, January 15, 2015


    I have 10g OCA and I want to upgrade to 12C OCP. Is 1z1-067 the correct path for me and what is your advice? Is beta still available?

  • Yasir Wednesday, January 21, 2015


    1Z0-034 is out of beta phase but still i see TBD which i guess is "to be decided". Can you tell when this exam will be available ?


  • Brandye Barrington Monday, January 26, 2015

    Hi Yasir,

    It usually takes approximately 8-10 weeks for an exam to get through the post-beta evaluations. This beta exam ended on January 10, 2015, so I would estimate that it will be available in production approximately 10 weeks after that.

    That said, I believe this exam is available for pre-registration on the Pearson VUE website now, so you could go ahead and register for an exam appointment at a later date.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Brandye Barrington Monday, January 26, 2015


    The 060 exam is the right option for you to upgrade from 11g DBA OCP to 12c DBA OCP.

    Regarding the question about upgrading from 10g DBA OCA to 12c DBA OCP, exam 1Z0-067 is the correct exam. This exam is currently out of beta and should be releaed in production in a few weeks - typically 8-10 weeks from the beta end date, which was Jan 10. You will also need to complete a 12c training course for this path.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Brandye Barrington Monday, January 26, 2015


    Sorry for the delay in responding. You can now find the cost of the exam in your local currency at certification.oracle.com.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Brandye Barrington Monday, January 26, 2015

    Hi Sachin,

    There is a practice test at www.selftestsoftware.com.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Syed Wednesday, February 18, 2015


    I Completed my OCP 10g(Admin) now I want to upgrade the OCP 12c

    Is it enough 1Z0-067

    Is it Training is Needed( I already completed 10g hands on training)

    I am really confused that please clarify this

  • Brandye Barrington Monday, February 23, 2015

    Hi Syed,

    Congratulations on your 10g DBA OCP. I assume that you submitted the 10g course details to earn the 10g DBA OCP certification?

    Additional trianing is not required to upgrade. Since you are a 10g DBA OCP, you can upgrade directly to 12c by passing exam 1Z0-060.

    Please be sure that you have submitted your course details for the 10g OCP certification and that the certification shows in your CertView certification history.


    Brandye Barrington

  • manikanta Monday, March 9, 2015

    Hi Brandye,

    I had done 10g OCA ,and planning for 1z0-034 for upgrading to 11g OCP.

    But I am worried about the pattern and type of question in the exams , and how many questions, what is the require scoring policy to pass. Is there any help available to go for this exam.



  • Brandye Barrington Monday, March 9, 2015


    This exam will be released in production on March 14. At that time, the exam details such as number of questions, time allowed and passing score will be available on the website.

    Until that time, you can view the exam topics on the website:



    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    I have earned OCA 9i ( IZ0 007 And IZ0 031 Funda 1) in 2012, if opt for iz0-034 will I get OCP 11g. Please suggest.

  • Brandye Barrington Friday, March 13, 2015

    If you hold the Oracle9i Database OCA certification, you can upgrade to Oracle Database 11g DBA OCP by:

    - Completing relevant training.

    - Passing exam 034.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Soumya Monday, March 30, 2015


    i completed 10g OCP in 2012 and now i want to upgrade from 10g ocp to 11g ocp. I checked net but got confused regarding the exam code, since some says IZ0-034 and some says IZ0-050.Can someone please help me to clear my confusion.Thanks in advance.


  • Brandye Barrington Monday, March 30, 2015

    Hi Soumya,

    Exam 050 http://bit.ly/1m8KksR is the best exam for you to take. The 034 exam is for 9i or 10g OCA to upgrade to 11g OCP.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Owais Rasheedi Monday, April 13, 2015


    I am Oracle 9i (OCA + fundamantals 11 cleared). What would you suggest if i need to become Oracle 12c OCP?

  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    If you are 9i OCA, you can upgrade to 12c OCP by completing a 12c training class and passing exam 1Z0-067 http://bit.ly/1BfgN1x.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Abhijit Monday, May 4, 2015

    Hi there,

    I am 9i OCA & have completed training for 9i OCP off course few years back. Now I'm planning for 1Z0-067 exam, however as per last post, do I need to complete 12c training class in order to opt 12c OCP certificate or it's not mandatory?

    Request you to advise. Thanks in advance.

  • guest Thursday, May 7, 2015


    You will need to complete 12c training in order to upgrade from 9i DBA OCA to 12c DBA OCP via the 067 exam.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Owais Rasheesi Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    Hi..i dont want to attend training for 12c exam. I can prepare my self for exam with the help of self study guide. Do i still need to attend the training, if yes so from where?

  • Owais Rasheedi Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Is the 12c training in order to upgrade from 9i DBA OCA to 12c DBA OCP via the 067 exam is mandatory to get the Oracle12c certificate?

  • guest Tuesday, June 2, 2015


    Training is required to upgrade from 9i DBA OCA to 12c DBA OCP via exam 067. It can be instructor-led, Live Virtual Class, or Training on Demand. Self-study does not fulfill the requirement.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Friday, June 12, 2015


    I am Oracle 9i OCP certified , for 12C OCP do i need to go trough training for 12 c or just exam 1ZO-067 is enough ?



  • guest Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    I currently have the Oracle Database 10g Administration Certified Professional (May 29th, 2007). Please would you confirm that if I wish to upgrade to 12c Database OCP I should complete the 1Z0-067 exam, and that No training is required?

  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    If you hold 9i or 10g OCP, you'll need to pass exam 1Z0-060 and you do not need to complete training.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Mahendra Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    Hi Brandye!!

    Its so urgent. Please reply if you see message.

    I had done 10g OCA. Now i want to do 10g OCP due to some training which i already done in that. I want to utilized that skill to gain certification. I cant manage training right now for up-gradation to 12c OCP.

    SO can i give OCP 10g? after that i can go for 12c OCP right?

    is exam 1z0-043 is still going on or absolute?

  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Hi Mahendra,

    Unfortunately, the 10g OCP certification is no longer available. The 043 exam retired (along with the other 10g exams) on March 1, 2015. You can take 12c training and pass exam 1Z0-067 to upgrade your 10g DBA OCA to 10g DBA OCP.

    Good luck on your path.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Yasir Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Hi Brandye,

    I am 9i OCA and plans to give 1Z0-034.

    Can you please tell me when is 1Z0-034 is getting expired?


  • Yasir Monday, August 3, 2015

    Hi Brandye,

    When is 1z0-034 expiring?


  • Punit Wednesday, August 5, 2015


    Has anyone given the 034 exam?

  • Brandye Barrington Friday, August 21, 2015


    Exam 034 was only recently released. It is not currently scheduled to retire.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Abdul Sunday, August 23, 2015


    I have passed oracle 9i last exam in 2009 to complete my certification & I was also exempt from hands on course because i passed my first exam back in 2003.

    Since then I didn't fill up course submission form to obtain my OCP 9i certification kit.

    Now I want to upgrade in 12C OCP so which exam I have to take 1ZO-060 or 1Z0-067.

    And can I appear in exam after 1NOV-2015.

    Kindly guide me in this matter



  • Brandye Barrington Monday, August 24, 2015


    If you have the 9i OCP certification, you'll take the 060 exam to upgrade and there ia no training requirement.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Arun Saturday, September 19, 2015

    I have completed OCP 9i in 2006. Am I Eligible to write IZ0-034 11g OCP examination now?

  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    If you have earned the 9i DBA OCP certification, you can upgrade to 11g OCP by passing exam 055, or to 12c OCP by passing exam 060.

    You can confirm your certification status at certview.oracle.com. In order to access CertView, you will first need to create a Pearson VUE account at pearsonvue.com/oracle, using your prior Prometric ID. If Pearson assigns you a new ID, you'll need to request for them to merge your old and new IDs so that all your info will show up in the same account.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Bal Friday, November 6, 2015

    Hi Brandye,

    I passed my 10g DBA OCA back in 2007 and also fulfilled the hand-on course requirement. Unfortunately, I did not schedule 1Z0-043 therefore missed out. I am planning to upgrade to 11g OCP by taking 1Z0-034, but do I need to take yet another course?

    Also, I am going to need at least 6-8 months prep time because I'm currently not in a DBA role. This will take me beyond March 2016, at which point my cert will retire. However, once I've upgraded, my understanding is that my cert will become active again, is this the case?

    I look forward to your reply.



    P.S. Apologies if you've see multiple posts from me asking the same question, I blame my ISP and iPad!

  • guest Friday, November 6, 2015

    Hi Bal,

    You can still upgrade any time after March 1, 2016. Unfortunately, for the upgrade, you will have to take a course that is relevant to 11g. Why don't you submit an SR to the OCP Support team, listing all the training you've had. Sometimes there may be a course that is on the approved list that you might not think would be there.



    Brandye Barrington

  • Mourid Saturday, December 12, 2015


    I've the 10g OCA

    I want the 12c OCP so which steps ?


  • guest Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    Hi Mourid,

    You can upgrade to 12c OCP by passing exam 1Z0-067 and completing relevant 12c training.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Friday, January 29, 2016


    I have 11g oca , i want to go for 12c OCP upgrade.

    should i complete the following,if yes what order.

    1) training

    2) write exam 1Z0-067.

    is there any way to skip the training and write the exam or get discounted price for training.

  • Hari Monday, February 1, 2016

    I have cleared exam 1Z0-043 (10g Admin II) in 2011 but I didn't attended any training. Am I eligible to write 1Z0-060? or I need to write 1Z0-067?

    Sorry if this is a repeated question.

  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Yes, you'll need to complete training and pass exam 067 to upgrade from 11g oca to 12c OCP. You'll also need to submit the course form https://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=99&sc=WWOU15043965MPP001C002 in order to have the training verified.

    There is no way around the training. It is a requirement of certification. You can contact Oracle University to discuss discounted options for completing training https://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=225&sc=WWOU15043965MPP001C002

  • guest Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Hi Hari,

    If you have 10g OCA certification, you'll need to pass exam 1Z0-067 to upgrade to 12c OCP. You'll also need to complete training and submit the course details https://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=99&sc=WWOU15043965MPP001C002.


    Brandye Barrington

  • guest Sunday, May 15, 2016

    I see the exam "Oracle Database As A Service (DBaaS) Cloud Certified Expert 1Z0-160" has one of the following as pre-requisite

    Oracle 11g Database Administrator Certified Professional or

    Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional

    I am planning to go for 1z0-067 (Upgrade from 11g OCA to 12c OCP)

    Can 1z0-067 fulfill the prerequisite for Oracle Database As A Service (DBaaS) Cloud Certified Expert 1Z0-160"..

  • Brandye Barrington Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Earning the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional will fulfill the prerequisite for this certification.

    In addition to passing the 067 exam, you'll also need to complete training.


    Brandye Barrington

  • Nilendu Raha Thursday, February 16, 2017


    I have 9i OCP certification long back in 2005. Now I want to complete 11g OCP, now is that release specific like R1 or R2? Which exam I need to give for that? I eventually want to give 12c OCP as well. Please share the exam codes I will have to give...if there are any good books to study for these exams can you please refer that please. Earlier I got a white book to get certified for 9i OCP from Oracle Corporation which was very good and helped me a lot. Is there anything like that for 11g and 12c.

    Thanks in advance,


  • Brandye Barrington Friday, February 24, 2017

    Hi Nilendu,

    You can go straight from 9i DBA OCP to 12c DBA OCP by passing exam 060. You can see all the upgrade path possibilities on our website https://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=654&get_params=p_id:249#tabs-4.

    You can check to see what books Oracle Press Books has. You can also visit the Oracle Certification Community and find out what books other candidates used to prepare.



    Brandye Barrington

  • Brad Clevinger Tuesday, October 1, 2019
    Hi Brandye,

    I passed the Oracle 11 OCP 1Z0-034 on 9-27-2019.
    I can't log into Certview because my authentication is failing.

    Previously, Support had validated my Certs 8i, 9i, 10g.

    Can you open a Ticket and get me some support. Once the Authentication Failed, it said someone will manually track this and get back to me within 1 business day.
    It didn't happen.
  • Brandye Barrington Friday, November 1, 2019
    Hi Brad,
    Did you get assistance on this issue? Let me know if you still need help.

    Brandye Barrington
  • shalabh Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Hi Brandye,

    please confirm that is oracle provided training mandatory while upgarding from 9i oca using 1z0-067 exam (Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP1z0-067 ). i see that on your website it is mentioned as optional, but some blogs and forum says its mandatory.


  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Hi Shalabh,
    I'm glad you checked. The training for this path is required. If you're upgrading from an earlier version of OCP to a current version of OCP, the training is not required, but it is in this case because you did not have to submit training for the OCA certification.

    You can see the requirement and a list of courses that fulfill the requirement on our website here - https://education.oracle.com/products/trackp_067.

    Brandye Barrington
    Oracle Certification
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