Where shall I start to be a certified Oracle DBA?

by D. Ejigu
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

I would like to change my job from university professorship to Oracle DBA but I don't know where to start.I have been teaching and researching in a university (multiple universities for that matter)for more than a decade. I have taught courses like Computer Networking, Computer Security, Computer Programming, Database/SQL, and many other computer related courses to undergraduate and graduate students. I also have some hands on experience in systems study, design, and development of relational database systems. But I never used Oracle! Can I study it on my own? If the answer is yes, where shall I start? What resources are available? How and what levels of tests are available to be a certified Oracle DBA? If I need some training, where shall I get it.

I am living in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, your suggestion is highly appreciated.

To start learning about Oracle databases the easiest way is to download the dbms software from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/database-technologies/express-edition/downloads/index.html. The software is available for 32 bit and 64 bit Windows and 64 bit Linux and is easy and straight forward to install.

You could alos download and install Oracle SQL Developer. This is not necessary to use the database but provides a more user-friendly interface than SQL*Plus. Both products are free to download and use by the way (subject to licensing restirctions).

That gets you started so what's next. Well, you say you already know SQL but if you don't or need a refresher you can see our tutorials starting here http://www.asktheoracle.net/oracle-sql-tutorial.html.

For dba specific courses you can refer to teh documnetation that comes with the database and teach yourself from there or, if you want to enhance your skills and knwoledge quickly and easily, you should take some formal training. We partner with Gogo training to provide inexpensive, online, self-paced training courses.

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