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.

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

Versions supported 11gR2, 12cR2, 18c, 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, covers the major topics required for the delegate to work towards achieving the following exam:

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

Attending this course will help delegates gain many of the skills and product knowledge requirements as outlined in the exam objectives. Studying these courses and their 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

The course covered everything I needed to learn with regards to PL/SQL, it was also delivered in a very engaging and understanding way.

Matt - Application Support Analyst/Programmer - Housing Association / Managed - March 2021

I think taking this course is a right step for anyone who wishes to enhance their current skills and learn in depth about practices, principles and efficient PL/SQL coding. Course content is phenomenal and packed full of information!

Kasia - Business Systems Engineer - Manufacturing

Great informative course, easy to understand. Duncan is fantastic at helping you to understand the parts of the course your aren't familiar with, great instructor.

Sarah - Application support analyst - Transport

Good course, relevant materials and well explained. Good lab work and opportunities for question answering. Facilities excellent, clean and well maintained.

Jamie - Utilities

I thought this was a really well placed course and the instructor was excellent.

Will - Developer - Government

The trainer was extremely helpful, very pleasant atmosphere and an overall positive experience.

Kamila - Trainee Oracle Developer - IT

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