Using a different OCP certification path

OCP_Cert_Flow_1I’ve decided to write about how I’ve got my OCP 11g certification. Why? It’s not always clear that the step order indicated by the official Oracle Certification pages is not mandatory, and that it can be changed to better fit your needs.


What the Certification pages states

According to the page, you should go through the steps in the following order:

  • Pass the exams 1Z0-051 and 1Z0-052 to get the OCA
  • Complete an approved course
  • Pass the 1Z0-053 exam
  • Complete the course submission form
  • Get the OCP certification


What you can do

OCP_Cert_Flow_2Actually, you can go through the steps in any order, and get your result when all the required steps have been completed

My goal was to achieve the OCP certification first and then get the OCE Performance and Tuning. Since I was longtime and largely prepared for the OCP, I’ve decided to change my path as follows:

  • Pass the exams 1Z0-051 and 1Z0-052 to get the OCA
  • Pass the exams 1Z0-053
  • Get the training on Perf&Tuning (Training On Demand also works, and the course counts toward the OCP since it is included in the list of courses available for the OCM).
  • Concurrently, I’ve submitted by form for the OCP and passed the exam 1Z0-054 for the OCE, achieving 2 certifications in few days.

By doing it this way, I’ve been able to get the Perf&Tuning exam just after the specific training.

For any question, just contact the Oracle University, they will clarify any doubt about the possible paths.

Note: the P&T training I’ve taken is no more valid for the OCM path since I’ve already submitted it for the OCP. If you plan to do the same you’ll need TWO additional trainings in order to get the OCM.

Hope it helps