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Oracle Recertification

Keep Your Oracle Certification Active

Get recertified!
Update your skills to stay relevant in a competitive job market.

Why Recertify?

  1. Recertification is widely recognized in the IT industry as a key indicator of continuing professional growth.
  2. Differentiate yourself from the crowd! It’s essential to sharpen and build upon your expertise through the certification process in a competitive, continuously evolving job market.
  3. As products age and are removed from Oracle standard support maintenance, the technology becomes less relevant, devaluing the associated credential(s).
  4. Recertification increases the value of your certification.
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What is required to recertify?

If you hold a retiring credential that requires recertification, you must upgrade to a current version of that credential within twelve (12) months following retirement to keep your credential in active status .

  • Example: If you hold the credentials below, and upgrade 10g OCP to 11g OCP, all your 10g credentials in the list will remain active. However, if you only upgrade 10g RAC OCE to the 11g version, only the OCE credential below will remain active.
    • Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate (OCA)
    • Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional (OCP)
    • Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Master (OCM)
    • Oracle Database 10g Real Applications Clusters Administrator Certified Expert (OCE)
  • Oracle requires candidates to hold an active credential to access certain certification benefits including, without limitation, use of Oracle certification logos, eCertificates, score reports, certification verification and digital badges.
  • If you are unable to upgrade by the recertification deadline, you will still be able to upgrade after the deadline by following the standard upgrade path.
  • You will regain access to your certificate and logo once you have upgraded. All upgrade exams and paths will remain available after the recertification deadline.

How do I recertify?

If you hold a retiring or retired credential that requires recertification, simply upgrade to a current, non-retired version.

Recertification Terminology

RECERTIFICATION

Recertification is the process by which a certification holder demonstrates they have kept up with current technology by earning a current Oracle Database Administration credential.

ACTIVE
certification status

the certification holder holds at least one Oracle Database OCA, OCP or OCM certification credential that is CURRENT (non-retired).

INACTIVE
certification status

all of the certification holder's Oracle Database credentials are retired and at least 12 months have passed since the latest credential held has retired.

Credentials that Require Recertification

The credentials below are now inactive.
Reactive now by upgrading to a current version.

  • Oracle7.3 Database Administrator Certified Professional
  • Oracle8 Database Administrator Certified Professional
  • Oracle8 Database Operator Certified Professional
  • Oracle8i Database Administrator Certified Professional
  • Oracle8i Database Operator Certified Professional
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Professional
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Professional - Special Accreditation: Managing Oracle9i on Linux
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Applications Database Administrator Certified Professional
  • Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Master
  • Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional
  • Oracle Database 10g Managing Oracle on Linux Certified Expert
  • Oracle Database 10g Real Application Clusters Administrator Certified Expert
  • Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Master

Still have more questions?

More recertification questions answered below.

Why did Oracle make this policy change?

Recertification is a common and respected practice in the IT industry. Technology changes quickly and your skills need to keep up with rapid changes.

Updating your Oracle Database skills and knowledge is as important as obtaining your initial certification.

The business and technical communities expect the highest level of skill and commitment from Oracle Certified professionals. This Recertification Policy for the DBA program was implemented to ensure you meet these industry expectations.

The recertification requirement for Certified Oracle Database Administrators became effective on November 01, 2014, with Oracle9i Database certifications requiring recertification by November 01, 2015 and Oracle Database 10g certifications requiring recertification by March 01, 2016.

Now that both deadlines have passed, any 9i or 10g credentials that were not upgraded are inactive. Candidates can reactivate those credentials by upgrading now.

When the latest version of certification that you hold is being retired, you should upgrade to the most current version within 12 months of that retirement. At this time, the recertification policy only affects Oracle Database OCA, OCP, OCM and OCE credentials.

Specialist certifications are focused on sales and implementation. They may not sufficiently cover the duties of an Oracle Database Administrator, or the duties of an Oracle Certified Expert job role that's dependent on the skills and knowledge of an Oracle Database Administrator.

Maintaining an active credential in a current product version keeps your knowledge and skills up-to-date and indicates to employers you're proficient in the latest Oracle Database technology releases. Keeping your certification active also validates your commitment and dedication.

Keeping your credentials in an active status also maintains access to your Oracle Certification benefits, including but not limited to Oracle Certification logos, eCertificates, digital badges and the ability to validate your certification to a third party.

At this time, the requirement is limited to Oracle's Database credentials because this is our largest certification audience and the Oracle Database credentials have several versions going back many years. These credentials are more likely to have more individuals still certified only on very old product versions than any other area of Oracle Certification.

It is crucial for you to update your skills and maintain your credentials in today's competitive database administrator market.

It is also important to Oracle to have qualified people implementing, maintaining and troubleshooting our software.

This benefits you, Oracle customers, Oracle partners, Oracle support and Oracle as a company. We will evaluate each certification on its own merits for inclusion in this requirement.

This is currently under discussion. Each certification will be evaluated separately to determine if recertification is necessary.

You only need to upgrade to one current certification to remain active.

For example, if you hold an Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate, Professional and Master, you only need to earn one Oracle Database 11g or 12c certification at the Associate, Professional or Master level to maintain all of your Oracle9i Database Certifications in active status.

Expert certifications can be maintained in two ways, either by earning a later certification at the Associate, Professional or Master level, OR by earning the later corresponding Expert certification, if available.

If you upgrade your Expert certification to a current version, this only keeps your Expert certification active.

You do not have to upgrade to the same level of certification.

As long as you upgrade to a related Associate, Professional or Master credential on a current version, your Oracle Database certifications will remain active. For example, if you hold a Master certification in Oracle9i Database, simply upgrade your Oracle Certified Professional credential to Oracle Database 11g or Oracle Database 12c and your earlier Master certification will remain active. If you hold a retired Expert credential, upgrading to a later version of that Expert credential will keep only the earlier Expert credential(s) active.

If you missed the deadline and your certification(s) became inactive, simply upgrade to a current version at any time to reactivate and regain access to key Oracle Certification benefits.

You can follow the standard upgrade path for your certification to upgrade to a current version and reactivate your credential(s).

If you decide that starting over with the current version of OCA is the best certification path for you, remember you do not need to complete an additional training requirement. If you hold an earlier version of a DBA OCP certification, you can upgrade to a current version without completing training, even if you’re starting over at the OCA level.

If you are upgrading from OCA directly to OCP, you will be required to complete the course requirement for the OCP credential to which you are upgrading.

Periodically we review policies for relevancy. As our program endures and grows, business practices and policies change and expand to maintain a program that is valuable to candidates as well as hiring managers. This is a policy change that helps maintain the integrity of our certification program and the value of your certification.

  • Active: no action is required. All your certifications are active.
  • On Notice: Your latest version of an Oracle Database credential has retired and an email has been sent to the email address in your Pearson VUE profile that you have 12 months to upgrade to a current certification to keep the certification active. Your credential will remain in 'On Notice' status until the credential becomes inactive, or until you upgrade to a current certification.
  • Inactive: Your credential has retired and it has been more than 12 months from the date it retired. Your credential will remain in 'Inactive' status until you upgrade your certification to a current version.

You have 6 months from a credential's retirement date to complete the course submission form and receive the certification. You must have passed all exams prior to the retirement date. After the 6-month grace period, if you still have not completed the course submission form you will be required to start over.