Oracle PL/SQL

Course Code: OPI

Duration: 2 days


Oracle PL/SQL Course Overview

The Oracle PL/SQL course is designed to introduce Oracle DBAs, software development personnel and database support staff to the primary features and constructs of the PL/SQL Programming Language.

Similarly, the course is targeted to closely follow the official Oracle Database curriculum for certification.

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

Versions supported 12cR2, 18c and 19c.

Course Objectives

To provide the skills needed to write stand-alone programs using the main features of Oracle's PL/SQL Programming Language.

Who will the Course Benefit?

Oracle database administrators, software development personnel and database support staff who need to write PL/SQL scripts to enhance their productivity in manipulating data.

Course Information

The 2 Day Oracle PL/SQL course can be combined with the 3 Day Stored Program Units course, this is equivalent to attending the 5 Day Oracle Program with PL/SQL course.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Writing and running PL/SQL programs from SQL*Plus or SQL Developer
  • Declaring and using variables and constants
  • Assigning and manipulating values
  • Using SQL statements within PL/SQL
  • Implementing conditional execution and loop constructs
  • Declaring and using cursors with and without parameters
  • Updating data with cursors
  • Trapping and handling errors and exceptions in code
  • Implementing nested and labelled loops and blocks
  • Raising exceptions
  • Handling PL/SQL records and tables
  • Using PL/SQL table built-in functions

Oracle PL/SQL Training Course

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions


  • What is PL/SQL?
  • Basic Elements
  • Variables and Constants
  • Data Types
  • Initialising Variables and Assigning Values
  • Using SQL Statements in Code
  • Generating Output to SQL or SQL Developer


  • IF THEN ELSIF ELSE Statements
  • CASE Statements
  • The Basic Loop Construct
  • WHILE and FOR Loops
  • Nested and Labelled Loops
  • The GOTO Statement
  • The CONTINUE Statement


  • What is a Cursor?
  • Implicit and Explicit Cursors
  • Cursor Operations
  • Declaring, Opening and Closing Cursors
  • Fetching Rows
  • Status Checking
  • Using Cursors FOR UPDATE
  • The Cursor FOR Loop
  • Parameterised Cursors

Oracle PL/SQL Training Course


  • The EXCEPTION Section
  • Types of Exception
  • Handling Named System-Raised Exceptions
  • Handling Un-named System-Raised Exceptions
  • User-Declared Exceptions and Application Errors
  • Nested and Labelled Blocks
  • Propagation of Exceptions
  • Scope of Variables and Cursors
  • Scope of Goto Statements


  • Declaring Record Types
  • Handling PL/SQL Records
  • Nested Records
  • Declaring PL/SQL Index-By Tables or Associative Arrays
  • PL/SQL Table Built-in Functions
  • Manipulating PL/SQL Tables or Associative Arrays
  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.


This Oracle PL/SQL course together with the Oracle PL/SQL Stored Program Units course is an excellent choice for delegates preparing to take the following exam:

  • Oracle Database: Program with PL/SQL 1Z0-149

Attending these courses and studying the associated reference materials can form part of the preparation to achieve certification. Experience, practice, self-study and aptitude are also key requirements for exam success.

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience. The Oracle website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.


A working knowledge of SQL*Plus or SQL Developer and Oracle SQL is required along with practical experience in writing SQL statements. This can be obtained by attendance on the pre-requisite course. Some previous programming experience will also prove advantageous.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Reviews

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I have had John before for my Oracle SQL Fundamentals and Advanced training and he is an absolutely brilliant trainer. Very knowledgeable on all of the flavours of SQL and patient and shows us many ways to do things. I was so glad when I saw him when I joined this course. A great asset to your company. Always a pleasure to use StayAead. Great communication, great documentation and guides and come away feeling really enthusiastic about the subject. Would definitely recommend. I will be coming back for more!

Maria - Senior Application Support Analyst - Housing Association / Managed

I was very happy to see that My PL/SQL Fundamentals course was provided by John. He is very professional and friendly and made everything look very simple.

Bogdan - Application Support Analyst - Outsourcing

A very good overview, the course instructor was knowledge and articulated the content very well

Thomas - BI Analyst - Finance

John is a really helpful instructor, helps you to understand through lots and examples and explaining how it works

Grace - Trainee Analyst / Programmer - Finance

Extremely well presented. To amount of interactivity and help when needed.

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