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1) There is a Certification Community where this sort of question would probably get a better response.1 person found this helpful
2) You don't need to take a training class before taking any certification exam. However, even if you pass the exam, you won't be an OCP until you take the training class. If you don't want to take the class through Oracle University, the cheapest option would generally to take a class through the Oracle Workforce Development Program which generally involves partnering with local colleges and universities to offer classes over a longer timeframe.
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The information that Justin posted is correct and complete. The one thing I'll add is that there are a number of different courses that you can take to satisfy the hands-on requirement. Candidates often assume that is is necessary that they take the specific course that Oracle Education recommends as preparation for 1Z0-043, but this is not the case. You can take any of the courses listed for the Oracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Professional at the following URL: