Top 10 Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them

As 2014 swings into full gear, we're continuing to see a rising demand for skilled Oracle professionals in the job market. 

Whether you're an Oracle DBA or a Java developer, you should know that your skills are highly sought after! Certification is one proven way for professionals like you to validate your knowledge and gain credibility that will lead to better opportunities. 

And with the increasing demand for Oracle DBAs and Java Developers, we're also seeing a rise in the related Oracle Certifications. See for yourself in our top 10 certification list below.

Top 10 Oracle Certifications Worldwide*

1.    Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Associate
2.    Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Professional
3.    Java SE 6 Programmer Certified Professional
4.    Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert
5.    Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate
6.    Oracle Database 11g: Administrator Certified Associate
7.    Oracle Database 11g: Administrator Certified Professional
8.    Oracle Database 10g: Administrator Certified Associate
9.    Oracle Database 10g: Administrator Certified Professional
10.  Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional – One of our fastest growing!

Recommended Resources to Prepare for an Oracle Certification Exam

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  • Take the Recommended Training: ensure you have the knowledge you need, along with hands-on experience.  
  • Refresh Your Skills with our Exam Prep Seminar: take our exam prep seminars to refresh your existing knowledge prior to taking the exam.

If you would benefit from training, consider a Certification Discount Package and save up to 20%.

  • Includes the training course, plus a certification exam voucher that you have up to 12 months to use.  ePractice exams are also included in many of our packages.
  • If you need a refresher on the exam topics, choose from standard training packages or Exam Prep Seminar packages.
  • Available in Classroom, Live Virtual Class, Training On Demand and Self-Study formats.
  • New packages have just been released for Oracle Database 12c, MySQL 5.6, Exadata Administration, Oracle Database Cloud.

View all resources, a list of available testing centers, FAQs and more at

*Data based on exams delivered in past 6 months. Credentials not listed in order.



I am working as senier Oracle PL/SQL developer and in data modeling.
and planning to become an Oracle Architecture in IT industry.

So please suggest me some Oracle Architecture related certifications ont the same.

thanks in advance!!


Posted by guest on July 28, 2014 at 03:31 AM PDT #


I have completed my B.Tech and I want to start my career with oracle. Can you please suggest me the certifications which is best for me now.
my contact no is- 9990931336
Thank you.

Posted by DEVENDRA on September 03, 2014 at 02:38 AM PDT #

I would suggest that you begin by having a look at our website On the home page you can sort by product or job role, or you could select the View All Certifications link and see all the certifications that are currently available. When you click on a certification, you will be taken to a page where you can see the requirements to obtain the certification. If you click on the required exam(s), you will be taken to an exam details page. Reviewing the exam topics on the exam details page will give you a good idea of the duties and job role you can expect to fulfill with that particular certification. Once you have selected a certification path, please contact Oracle Certification Support if you have any further questions.

Posted by kate on September 04, 2014 at 08:30 AM PDT #


This decision depends largely on what you are interested in, what skills you already have and what jobs are available in your area, among other factors. I suggest that you start by having a look at our website to see what certifications are available. Another good resource is the Oracle Certification Forum. Once you have narrowed your options a little, let us know if you have any further questions.


Posted by Kate on September 04, 2014 at 08:31 AM PDT #

I'm preparing for OCJP but need some help in choosing the right certification path that'll provide me maximum entry level career opportunities in the IT/Software industry.

Path 1- Step 1: 1Z0-803
Step 2: 1Z0-804

Path 2- Step 1: 1Z0-803
Step-2: 1Z0-858

I'm not sure if path 2 is valid or not.

Posted by Arnob on October 07, 2014 at 05:05 AM PDT #


Congratulations on your decision to pursue certification. In order to earn the Java Web Component Developer certification, you will first need to earn the Java Programmer oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification. In order to earn the Java SE 7 Programmer OCP certification, you will first need to earn the Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Associate (OCA) certification. So, here is the path you should

1. Pass exam 1Z0-803 = earn Java SE 7 Programmer OCA 2. Pass exam 1Z0-804 = earn Java SE 7 Programmer OCP 3. Pass exam 1Z0-858 = earn Java EE 5 Web Component Developer

I might recommend that you pursue the Java EE 6 Web Component Developer certification instead of the EE 5 version though - exam 1Z0-899. It is a more current version of the certification.


Posted by Kate on October 22, 2014 at 08:03 AM PDT #

Hello Kate,

Thank you very much for your information. This is exactly what I was looking for. Really appreciate it..:)

I have no idea how I missed 1Z0-899 and landed on 1Z0-858 instead.

Thanks again,

Posted by guest on October 22, 2014 at 09:43 PM PDT #

I am working as a Trainee Engineer in Pvt. Company I want to move into oracle so which certification is best for me??

Posted by Rajesh on November 09, 2014 at 11:14 PM PST #

Hi Rajesh,
If you are looking to work with the Oracle Database, we would recommend starting with the Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert certification and follow that certification path.


Posted by Kate on November 10, 2014 at 08:22 AM PST #

Dear Kate,
I am Virendra, and I'm looking forward to earn Java Professional certification and more. But I'm little confused with whether to go directly for "1Z0-851" or go through "1Z0-803" followed by "1Z0-804". And I also came to know that Java SE8 certification exam is also out.
So, please help me with which one will be a good decision taking 2015 into consideration so that I can get good job opportunities.
Thank you.

Posted by guest on November 21, 2014 at 03:44 AM PST #

I am a third year Computer Science major and the primary language I've learned is Java. I want to get into E-Commerce, Software Development, App Dev, Database, and have some security in there as well but all leading towards managing. I've been looking on oracle to try and find the right path but I have no idea where to start and not sure if going down one path would block off others also, not knowing what each area really does.


Posted by Michael on November 22, 2014 at 08:00 AM PST #

I am a third year Computer Science student. I want to get into Java Development but not sure what area I want to be in (i.e E-Commerce, Apps, Software Dev., etc..) Is there a jumping point certification that I can obtain to get me into the field and gain some experience and then decide a more specific path.

Thank you

Posted by guest on November 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM PST #

I would like to know the certified institute names in Bangalore.

Posted by azam on December 02, 2014 at 09:17 AM PST #


The best place to start with Java is the Java Programmer OCA certification. You can start with Java SE 6, 7 or 8. Our recommendation is always to go for the latest version of certification, but you should carefully evaluate which version you wish to pursue. Good luck with your certification path!

- Kate

Posted by Kate on December 02, 2014 at 02:19 PM PST #


851 is the Java SE 6 version of certification. 803 and 804 lead to the Java SE 7 version. Then, of course there is the Java SE 8 version. We typically recommend that you go for the latest version of certification, but you should carefully evaluate which version you wish to pursue. Let us know if you have further questions - otherwise, best of luck with your certification path!


Posted by Kate on December 02, 2014 at 02:20 PM PST #


Are you looking for our testing centers in Bangalore?
If so, I suggest you refer to this page: to find the closest testing center.

If you are looking for other training centers or partners, let us know.



Posted by Kate on December 02, 2014 at 02:23 PM PST #

i am a third year computer science student and i have learned advanced java and database.i am not sure which certification course to start with.i am interested in app dev.could you please suggest me a course that is best to start at this point and the version too.thank you.

Posted by nidhi on December 03, 2014 at 08:09 AM PST #

I have done BE(E&CE) but interested in programming so i turned to java.
Now i m good in core java but want to become oracle certified java programmer/professional.I have seen oracle web site and got confused(se6,7,ee,me) to choose!
Please guide me in correct way,i have niit certificate for core java.Is this certificate sufficient enough??because they mentioned sun certified is necessary to take some exams.Pls clarify & help me to choose correct.

Posted by swetha on December 07, 2014 at 09:13 AM PST #

Since Java SE 8 test is available for OCA is it wise to get it even though it is not yet available for OCP or OCM. Is there a planned date that SE 8 will be available for those certifications as well.

Posted by guest on December 09, 2014 at 06:05 PM PST #

Nidhi, thanks for your question. Depending on what jobs you are looking for, you could pursue either a certification in Java or SQL or PL/SQL. It may be good to look at job postings to see what skills the companies you may be interested in are hiring for or open up more options by having certifications in both areas.

For Java, we recommend starting with the Java SE 7 Associate certification and proceeding to the Professional level, Here is a link to the path for that:

For Database Development, we would suggest starting with the sQL and PL/SQL certifications:

Please let us know if you have further questions and good luck!

Posted by Kate on December 24, 2014 at 07:53 AM PST #

In response to your question on the Java SE 8 exams: Java SE 8 OCP exam is coming very soon. We recommend that you go ahead and get Java SE 8 OCA so that you will be ready to move on to OCP when the exam is released.

Posted by Kate on December 29, 2014 at 08:17 AM PST #

hi, is oracle certified linux administrator worth studying ?? does companies have market for it and plz suggest me good instute to study oracle courses in chennai...thanks


Posted by Raghu on January 19, 2015 at 08:04 PM PST #


I have completed my B.Tech and I want to start my career with oracle. Can you please suggest me the certifications which is best for me now.I want to know about the versions and the fee

Posted by guest on January 27, 2015 at 02:23 AM PST #

Passed 1Z0-803 Java SE 7 Programmer I today...however, I still might have a long way to go. Please let me know if I can expect questions from topics that were included in 1Z0-803 in 1Z0-804 Java SE 7 Programmer II exam?

I posted here before please check for reference.

Thanks & Best Regards,

Posted by Arnob on January 31, 2015 at 08:45 AM PST #

Those are good questions that may be better addressed directly by your peers in the Certification industry and the Linux field. We, of course, see value in the Linux Administrator certifications. Through various surveys and studies over the years (Robert Half, Gartner, Certification Magazine, etc.), Certification has been shown to improve career options, improve salary and improve job performance among other benefits. One of the biggest benefits of certification is that it helps you become better at your job as you move through mastering each of the exam topics during your exam preparation. You may be exposed to concepts that you may not have otherwise encountered, or you may find solutions that you would not have come up with on your own.

Largely, certification is a personal decision based on the job market in your area and the time and money you are able to invest. In general, certification definitely helps most people move forward in their careers.

You can get comments from people who are certified and also get recommendations for training centers in your area by posting this question on our Oracle Certification Forum

Posted by Brandye on January 31, 2015 at 08:51 AM PST #

There are many certifications to choose from to help you get started in your career. Which one to choose depends on the type of job you are looking for and the skills that you have. I suggest that you start by having a look at our website to see what certifications are available. Another good resource is the Oracle Certification Forum. Once you have narrowed your options a little, let us know if you have any further questions.

Posted by Kate on January 31, 2015 at 08:55 AM PST #


Congratulations on your recent achievement. The Programmer II exam does cover different topics from Programmer I. you can review the exam objectives here: - look at the Exam topics tab. This should give you a better idea of the topics to consider. Let us know if you have any other questions about the exam and good luck!


Posted by Kate on January 31, 2015 at 09:00 AM PST #

Hi this is abinaya i am having 3 years of experience as a java developer and i am certified. i have knowledge on OOPS concepts in java but dont know indepth. After learning oracle will be enough to get a good career in IT with good package? and i crossed <a href="">oracle training chennai</a> website where someone please help me to identity the syllabus covers everything or not??

Thanks, abinaya

Posted by Oracle Training in Chennai on February 02, 2015 at 04:23 AM PST #

Abinaya: You mentioned that you are certified. Can you please let me know what’s the name of the Java certification you hold (or the exam number). It would be useful for me to know this information in order to guide you further.

Posted by Adriana on February 03, 2015 at 09:09 AM PST #


I am an entry-level professional with an interest to work with databases. Kindly help me as to which certification I should take with regard to 11g and 12c for an entry-level. Also is it possible to complete this certification following a self-study method.


Posted by Anju on February 10, 2015 at 09:29 PM PST #

Anju: If you are really new to Oracle Database, I would recommend you to get a special self-study Certification Discount Package on Database 11g that prepares you for the exam and it also saves you some money.
It includes:
-A self-study course called "Oracle Database 11g Administration Workshop". This course will help you learn about the fundamentals of basic database administration and you will also get hands-on practices that will prepare you for the certification exam.
-A certification ePractice test: that consists in realistic test simulations, you have the tools you need to focus your learning and pass the Oracle certification test.
-An Oracle Proctored Exam voucher that you can use to purchase the "Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate" exam.

Here you can find more about the Certification Discount Package:

Here’s more about the "Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate" certification:

Please note that you need to pass 2 exams to get this certification! Check out the registration details for more information about the exam formats (online/test centers).

Let me know if you have any questions.

Posted by Adriana on February 11, 2015 at 09:02 AM PST #

hi all….my name is sachin….i am planning to do a finance module in oracle…pls let me know which module is in demand right now…I hav done my bachelors in comp science…also I hav done my MBA in finance for working executives…I have a work experience of 9 years, but thats in completely different domain(BPO)....please provide me with best of ur knowledge

Posted by guest on February 17, 2015 at 04:02 AM PST #

i want to get an oracle certification on database and cloud basically, which is the best and basic way to get it.later i will surely want to upgrade my technical skills

Posted by guest on February 22, 2015 at 05:51 AM PST #


I have no background in Java whatsoever. What are the differences between Java SE 5/6, 7 and 8?

Thanks for your help.

Posted by guest on March 06, 2015 at 04:51 PM PST #

Can i make career as a Oracle developer after B.C.A because i have done B.C.A in 2010

Posted by Saurabh Singh on March 10, 2015 at 08:33 AM PDT #

Guest (March 06 2015: Java SE is the shortcut for Java Standard Edition and it’s the basic Java environment that lets you develop and deploy Java applications on desktops and servers. New features have been added with each release, the latest being Java SE 8: .

If you are interested to learn more about Java SE 8 you might want to take a look at this course:,p_preview:N&sc=EMEAOU14057311MPP002C011

Let me know if you need any further information.

Posted by Adriana on March 11, 2015 at 03:41 AM PDT #

Saurabh Singh: Unfortunately it is quite difficult to answer your question, because I am not sure what topics you studied and how prepared you are to start a career as an Oracle Developer. I would advise you to reach out to your local Education Service Desk for more guidance:

Posted by Adriana on March 11, 2015 at 04:03 AM PDT #

Hi Kate,

I am interested in pursuing Oracle certifications but do not know what certification to begin with. I work as a systems administrator and am very much interested in changing my field. Oracle is something I am interested in learning and of course pursuing a job in, but do not know where do I begin from? Any help is much appreciated!!

Thanks much!

Posted by guest on March 14, 2015 at 06:16 PM PDT #

Guest (March 14, 2015): It’s best if you contact your local Education Service Desk for more guidance, since you want to change your field and also get Oracle Certified (which might require additional training if you are looking to change your area of specialization).

Education Service Desk – contact details:

Best of luck,

Posted by Adriana on March 16, 2015 at 02:30 AM PDT #


I am a java developer and want to be a certified java developer. Can you please let me know which is the best and step by step certifications that I need to get .

your help is much appreciated.


Posted by guest on March 18, 2015 at 02:45 PM PDT #

Rimmi (March 18, 2015): Check out this Certification Path below and let me know if you need any additional information:

Posted by Adriana on March 23, 2015 at 06:27 AM PDT #

Sir,i have did oracle certification course after plus 2.can i get a job with this certificate? or i have to do more degrees? please give me a reply.
Thankyou sir

Posted by guest on April 13, 2015 at 10:31 AM PDT #

Guest (April 13, 2015): I am not clear what Oracle Certification you currently hold. However, recent studies show an increasing value of certifications in a marketplace where demand for skilled ‪Java‬ and ‪Oracle Database‬ professionals continues to rise. You can find out more about this here:

Posted by Adriana on April 15, 2015 at 03:20 AM PDT #

You can find Oracle courses - classroom as well as Live Virtual Classes at - Cyret is an Oracle Authorized Education Center.

Posted by Cyret on April 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM PDT #

helo sir,i have done my bechelor of computer science and now i would like to do java certification to get a placement in the MNC's as software developer,so colud please suggest me which certification will helps me to get job

Posted by APARNA on April 30, 2015 at 04:34 AM PDT #

APARNA: there are different Java Certifications available for Standard, Enterprise and Mobile development. It really depends in which of these platforms are you looking to work and get certified. Here is where you can find all the certifications available for Java:

Let me know if you need any further info.

Posted by Adriana on May 08, 2015 at 08:13 AM PDT #

I am a Associate member of ICMAI and also have done MBA in Finance besides B.Com and and have worked for more than 15 years in Manufacturing Industry in Finance, Accounts and Costing.
I want to do Oracle course which will help me to grow in my career.
Please suggest which course is best and whether the centres are available in chennai.

Posted by guest on May 14, 2015 at 08:45 AM PDT #

@Guest (May 14, 2015): There are three Oracle Training Centres in Chennai – check them out here:

Oracle has a vast number of training that is Finance-oriented and that responds to particular needs. I advise you to reach us directly at: 1800 103 4775 (Domestic), +91 80 67863102 (International). Our Customer Service representative in India will guide you accordingly.

However, please check out our website first and browse through the available training:

Posted by Adriana on May 15, 2015 at 02:27 AM PDT #

I am currently working as a backend developer and has knowledge in mysql database. But now i want to move towards Oracle database and would like to pursue my career as Oracle DBA. Can you please guide me how can i achieve this? Like what certifications i need to follow.

Posted by Radhika on May 27, 2015 at 09:48 PM PDT #

This is AMRUTH i persued my btech and iam inttrested in database,right now im fresher and i want to enter into industry after completing my certification,so could any one help me out with the below queries?
1.Am i eligible to take DBA certification if not how can i proceed further?
2.which certification should be taken by me intially as a fresher?

Posted by AMRUTH on May 28, 2015 at 01:43 AM PDT #


My recommendation is to first get trained in MySQL for DBAs in order to have a greater understanding of how to install and configure the MySQL server, set up replication and security, perform database backups and performance tuning and protect MySQL databases.

Here is where you can find more details about this course: get_params=dc:D61762GC30,p_preview:N&sc=EMEAOU14057311MPP002C011

With regard to getting certified in MySQL for DBAs, there is only one level available and the above mentioned training gets you prepared for the Exam:

Do let me know if you need any further information.

Posted by Adriana on May 28, 2015 at 11:40 PM PDT #


There is no selection process when signing up for the first level of Oracle Certification, however my advise is to check out the topics prior to registering for the exam. If you don’t feel prepared to take the exam, you should check out the recommended training that is showing up on each exam details page:

Please reach out to your local educational adviser for more guidance - here is where you can find the contact details:

Posted by Adriana on May 29, 2015 at 12:25 AM PDT #

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