Oracle certification – self study options

I am considering taking a self study path to peruse the OCA & OCP certifications. However, I find the self study options that Oracle provides to be quite confusing. It looks like they offer over 14 self study CDs, all costing several hundred dollars apiece.

My question is quite simple, what self study material do you recommend in order to prepare for OCA/OCP (books/cd courses) certs? Please include any other information that I may find helpful in deciding my certification approach.

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It depends on the money you have.
In every case you should use books. The best books are the Oracle Students books, but Oracle asks about 120-200 $ per day to attend these courses. You can try to find friends that have these books and use them. A good substitute are the Sybex (edition house) that publishes excellent books.
I passed 9 exams and 1 time i failed to pass an exam (the first one).
So after my first attempt to pass the exams I changed the tactics.
It is very important to get the tests from
Every test costs 99$ but it is a nice investition.
The bad news is that now Oracle asks from the candidates to attend at least one Oracle course. I hope they will change this but do not know when.

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ve3dgrAuthor Commented:
To sujit_kumar:
Some really good links. These will keep me busy for awhile!

I think my knowledge of SQL/ PL-SQL is fairly good, I will need to focus mainly on topics such as backup/recovery, security, privileges, etc. -- and these links seem to have some really good resources.

To schwertner:
Thanks for the info, I was not aware of the one course rule (might be different in Canada), I will have to investigate it. The link ( does not work and also, I have not found any good books (Sybex or any) on 10g.

Thanks for your replys.
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