Certification: Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert
Certification Full Name: Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert
Certification Provider: Oracle
Exam Code: 1z0-054
Exam Name: Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning

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Certification Overview

Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (1Z0-054) is the highest recognized Oracle certification in the module of Performance tuning. Performance is always a critical job when a database is concerned and the results fetched should be fast quick as possible. A lag or long waiting time is definitely not tolerable since the results are being awaited from the front end of the system. Oracle offers an extensive study on the performance tuning to attain expertise through their series of certifications. By completing the Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (1Z0-054) one will be awarded the OPN certified specialist recognized by many companies around the world.

Who should do this certification?

The certification is intended to professionals who are already working as administrators, consultants and support engineers with extensive expertise in database administration which include performance tuning, disaster recovery, security, tuning advisor, AWR (Automatic workload repository).


By finishing this Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert one will be a certified OPN expert. A survey says that oracle certified professionals are being paid relatively better then the non certified people. Also, while writing requirements for many positions Oracle certified people are given priority. Unlike many other certifications, Oracle certification would definitely add values to one's career path and growth. Starting a career and doing Oracle certifications will boost your career to a different level.

ASSociated exam

The exam consists of one exam called as Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (1Z0-054) which is the second step of the certification path. It is mandatory to complete and pass this exam for gaining the Performance Tuning Certified Expert award and finish the course submission form.

Pre requisites

The pre requisite for taking the Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (1Z0-054) is that there are some certifications to be completed as explained in the next section. Therefore, it is better to know how to tune a database by finding the issue areas and by fixing them. Extensive knowledge on indexes, SQL advisors, Enterprise manager and optimizer are an added advantage. Tuning the database instance components using parameters and how to ensure optimization of database reliably and securely is good to be known before taking up the exam.

Examination overview

  1. Basic Tuning Tools, Automatic workload and problem definition
  2. Baseline handling, Metrics and Alerts
  3. Application's monitoring and usage of AWR
  4. SQL performance, optimization and problem solving along with database Replay
  5. Buffer Cache, PGA and shared pool tuning
  6. Automatic Memory Management

These are just the main topics and details regarding the sub-topics are available on the vendor's website. Candidates must study all the sub-topics during their exam study to ensure good preparations before taking the actual exam.

As evident from the above topics, the certificate has distinct and focused areas of learning. The learning outcome ensures that the candidates who succeed in the exams are also well equipped with performance management and tuning skills practically.

The exam number is 1Z0-054. The test's passing limit is 70 %. On the test, Number of questions are 80 (which means 56 questions need to be answered correctly for passing). It's a multiple choice format and there is no negative scoring. The time interval is 135 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes)

Validity of the certification

Generally Oracle certifications do not expire. The path of certification may expire, however the certification remains valid always at the level and version obtained by the candidate. Also, that does not mean that the certifications already obtained are supported but that are still valid. The certifications provided by companies acquired by Oracle are also valid.

Steps Involved in Certification

Step 1 - Before taking up the 1Z0-054 certification is it mandatory to complete the Oracle 11g DBA OCP certification. Below are the steps for Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (1Z0-054)

  • Pass the 1Z0-051 test for SQL fundamentals 1 in Oracle Database 11g (This exam will test the basic concepts in 11g SQL)
  • Pass the 1Z0-052 exam for Administration with Oracle Database 11g (This exam will ensure that you are knowledgeable enough with the basic Administration concepts)

This will get you certified at the associate level.

  • Take any of the below courses:
    • Fundamentals in Data Warehousing Using 11g
    • Grid Infrastructure and RAC administration
    • Programming pl/SQL blocks in Oracle
    • Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop I
    • Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop II
    • Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL
    • Oracle Database: Fundamentals in SQL and PL/SQL
  • Pass the second level administration 1Z0-053 Oracle Database exam (This exam will test the advanced administrator concepts of Oracle database)
  • Complete a form provided by Oracle to ensure that the attendance of the training attended. The instructions could be found in the Oracle University website.
  • Pass the exam 1Z0-054 Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning (This exam will test the performance tuning ability of the individual)

Step 2 - The second way to attend the exam is as below.

  • Directly attend an instructor led training or training on demand or in class training from Oracle University
  • Pass the exam 1Z0-054 Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning (This exam will test the performance tuning ability of the individual)
  • Complete a form provided by Oracle to ensure that the attendance of the training attended. The instructions could be found in the Oracle University website.

Expert review

The certification tests the candidates thoroughly on their knowledge in Performance tuning and overall administration of Oracle databases. The exam is very complex and as a result has a lot of value in the market also. Anyone with a little database experience and this certification will always get good opportunities at work.

Anwar Hussain, Questar Corp

Tehran, Iran

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