Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database 12c…


I just noticed the Database 12c OCP beta exams have started to appear (see here).

Not surprisingly, the multitenant option seems to be a big factor in the content of the both the Advanced Administration and Upgrade exam.

There are a few things that seem a little odd (to me) though:

  • Use Oracle Restart to manage components. Isn’t this a deprecated feature in 12c?
  • Configure and use Oracle Secure Backup. Do they mean Oracle Secure Backup Express?
  • Use Flash Cache.
  • Key DBA Skills (Upgrade Exam only). This whole section looks out of place to me for an upgrade exam.

Ignoring the “Key DBA Skills”, the upgrade exam contains about 49 bullet points, which means the production exam will on average have about 1.5 questions per bullet. The “Key DBA Skills” adds another 34 bullets, so now we are talking less than 1 question per bullet in the production exam…

There is enough new stuff to keep me writing articles for quite a while before I get in a position to sit this exam. I don’t think I’m going to be anywhere near ready before the end of the beta period, which is a pity. I think the only people who are likely to make the beta exam are those people who were on the database beta program, or people who are trying to wing it. Since I fit into neither of those categories, it looks like I’m waiting for the production exam…



PS. I wrote an Oracle Certification Frequently Asked Questions article a little while back.

Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

7 thoughts on “Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database 12c…”

  1. Tim,
    Maybe the key skills is there beacuase you can now jump from any previous OCP to 12c in one go without the having to do the ones between? So the key skill may act as a catch up for those with gaps.

  2. Where can I find training program for Key DBA skill section in exam ?
    Is there any training program , like Oracle 12c New features ?
    Any Manuals or Books for the Key DBA skill section ?

    I am unable to find much relevant information on Key DBA skill section.


  3. Hi.

    RE: Key Skills.

    I would suggest you check out the articles I wrote for the 9i, 10g and 11g exams.

    Afterall, this is a catchup exam for those upgrades also. I’ll write a note about this on my page 12c page.

    RE: Training.

    Oracle always provide training, but I’m guessing this will only cover the 12c new features, not key skills from the previous releases. Once a certification book is released, this should contain the key skills also.



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