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So I am looking to get some certifications under my belt and I noticed while looking through postings, DBA's make pretty good coin.

One school by me offers this:

DBA (Database Administrator) course prepares you for the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certifications as well as train you in the skills necessary to administer database and database servers.

As one of only four Oracle WDP (Workforce Development Program) members in New York City, we adhere to the same teaching standards employed by Oracle University utilizing the official Oracle curriculum but with an added advantage of offering them at a fraction of the cost (Oracle charges $6,000 for the Oracle 11g DBA certification course).

*Oracle Database 11g Hands-On Course Requirement Candidates who wish to obtain the Oracle Database 11g DBA OCP credential must attend at least one instructor-led course at either an Oracle University or WDP member school to qualify for certification. In other words, if you go to a NON-WDP member school, you will not be able to get certified.

Curriculum

Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop I 5 weeks
(35 hours) Students will gain a conceptual understanding of the Oracle database architecture and how its components work and interact with one another. Students will also learn how to create an operational database and properly manage the various structures in an effective and efficient manner including performance monitoring, database security, user management, and backup/recovery techniques. The lesson topics are reinforced with structured hands-on practices.

Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop II 5 weeks
(35 hours) Students will learn how to configure an Oracle database for multilingual applications. Students will practice various methods of recovering the database, using RMAN, SQL, and Flashback technology. Tools to monitor database performance and what steps to take to improve database performance are also covered in this course. Students will also learn how to use various database technologies, such as Resource Manager, the Scheduler, and Automatic Storage Management (ASM). The lesson topics are reinforced with structured hands-on practices and a workshop.

Total 10 weeks
70 hours

Certification Exams

This course prepares students for the following exams:
1Z0-052 Oracle Database 11g: Administration I
1Z0-053 Oracle Database 11g: Administration II


Prerequisites

High School Diploma/ GED, and basic computer literacy.

Occupational Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be qualified to be a database administrator, database server administrator or system administrator.

Tuition

$6,000 Special Price! $2,500.

Tuition includes $100 non-refundable registration fee and textbooks, does not include exam fees.



How hard is it to jump into this certification? I have no DBA or SQL experience, I'm mainly a Windows Systems Admin. I am also considering going for my CCNA, but maintaining and protecting databases on a large scale just seems like a better career.

Anyone in OCN achieve a OCA cert by book study and online tutorials?
post #2 of 7
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Now I am a little confused. That school teaches Oracle 11g and requires no background in DBA.

However, the Oracle website suggest to start at Oracle 9g:
http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_...?page_id=143#3
post #3 of 7
You are correct, most Oracle DBA's I know make on aver between 120-160k.

Oracle is a breed of it's own and definitely different than other DBs. As for the program I couldn't tell you for sure. Tho if I would have thought of getting into the DBA side of things specifically Oracle I would have probably took a class for sure.

If you decide you wanted to get this cert, the CCNA would be basically useless.

*EDIT*
I would not say that DBA wise is the better career choice, it really depends on what you enjoy. Networking can pay alot more if your just looking at salaries.
Edited by bratas - 2/11/11 at 10:50am
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Right. I just spoke to another school and they suggested to take a Oracle11G package that includes SQL and Unix for 4,000. She told me taking CCNA would be pointless since its a different direction in IT. It wouldn't hurt to have it, but just doesn't really supplement a OCA.
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Any DBA's out there wanna chime in on this?
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Well, I'm not a fulltime DBA, but do architect databases and act as DBA for my main database server. It is SQL Server, not Oracle, however.

I would disagree with bratas in saying that Oracle is a different breed than other databases. I would categorize relational databases one of three ways: proprietary, full-featured, client-server databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, DB2; open source client-server databases such as MySQL which sometimes lack extra features; and desktop databases such as Microsoft Access.

If you've already got a good job, I would recommend learning SQL/Oracle first to make sure you would like it and that it's what you want to do. It would be a bummer to spend thousands of dollars and not end up enjoying the work or not getting a job. Furthermore, if your only experience is academic, if you do land a DBA job, you're going to have to start at the bottom. If I were you, I would approach my current employer and express a desire to start learning database administration to potentially grow into that role. You can download a free version of Oracle and work on it on your own time. Ask to participate in projects which require database skills. Then, once you have demonstrated an aptitude for the work, take the cert classes and you'll also have practical experience on your resume. Another good idea might be to find an Oracle DBA group in your area and attend meetings to pick the brains of DBAs to see what the market is like, how to eventually break into a company as a DBA, etc.

That's just my $.02. I know it's a little different for me because developer type roles like mine don't really look towards certs as much as admins do. But...I would hire a DBA with a year of experience over no experience and certs any day. Also, keep in mind, that DBAs mean different things to different companies. Some DBA roles will mostly be about administration -- backup/recovery, performance monitoring, user administration, disk allocation, etc. Other companies use the DBA title to describe roles who also develop code to meet business logic needs.
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post #7 of 7
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tand1, thank you very much for the solid advice. you too bratas. I forgot to mention that I am currently unemployed, see post:

http://www.overclock.net/operating-s...l#post12342370

Like I've stated earlier, I have no experience in any DBA or SQL work. I began to ponder the idea of getting a DBA cert due to the fact that there are many job postings for DBA work, and they pay very well. Will I enjoy that sort of work? I dunno. Can I do it? Sure, I can do anything I put my mind to it. I am an excellent student and can take direction very well. My friends dad is a DBA for a Bank and I will see if I can shadow him for a bit to see if that is the type of work I would want to do.
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