Congratulations on taking the first step toward obtaining your first Okta certification!
This exam study guide is designed to help you prepare for the Okta Professional Certification Exam. It contains a detailed list of the topics covered on the Professional Exam, as well as a list of preparation resources.
Passing this exam is a requirement to become an Okta Certified Professional. It is also a prerequisite for those seeking to become Okta Certified Administrators or Okta Certified Consultants.
How to use this study guide
At a minimum, we strongly recommend that you thoroughly review each topic listed within the Professional Exam topic areas section of this study guide. Make sure you understand each topic. Each topic in that section pertains to at least one question on the exam. If you are unfamiliar with a topic, research it using one of the corresponding preparation resources or by searching the Okta Help Center or the Okta Product Documentation Library. Some topics are best learned through hands-on experience with Okta service.
What does it mean to be an Okta Certified Professional?
Okta Certified Professionals have fundamental knowledge in the area of secure identity management. They have hands-on experience performing day-to-day operational tasks to support Okta service users. Okta Certified Professionals have familiarity with Okta technologies and processes related to simple directory integration, Single Sign-On (SSO) federation, and application provisioning aspects of User Lifecycle Management.
Who should take the Okta Professional Exam?
Candidates for the Okta Online Training Professional certification must take the Okta Professional Exam. These candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
One year of experience in a technical work role in security and/or identity management
Three to six months of on-the-job experience with the Okta service
Successful completion of the Okta Basics Curriculum or equivalent training
While roles within different organizations may vary, candidates for the Okta Professional certification are generally involved in defining secure identity strategies or assisting with the day-to-day operation and support of Okta instances. Candidates for this certification may be Okta Administrators, implementation consultants, identity leaders, project managers, enterprise application owners, or help desk administrators.
About Okta Professional Exam
Number and types of questions: 60 Discrete Multiple Choice Option (DOMC) items
Allotted Time: 90 minutes
Exam fee: 250 USD (100 USD for each subsequent retake)
Prerequisites: None (recommended training and preparation resources are listed in the Professional Exam subject area table at the bottom of this page).
Understanding the DOMC Item Type
This exam consists entirely of DOMC items. DOMC is a powerful measurement tool that produces reliable test results. It does so by removing various “contaminants” that affect test results but are unrelated to the knowledge and skills being tested. DOMC’s item type levels the playing field, and more fairly measures your skills through improvement:
Readability. Because you are required to read less text, the exam tends to take less time and places fewer demands on the slower reader or the non-native English speaker.
Fairness. When savvy test takers are unsure of an answer, they look for clues by comparing options or gleaning information from other items on an exam. DOMC removes this test-taking advantage and serves as a powerful method to assess your actual knowledge.
Security. Instead of displaying all options at the same time, options are randomly presented one at a time. For each option presented, you must make a YES or NO decision to indicate whether you think the option is correct. Answer options are presented in random order, and in most instances, you are NOT presented with all the available options associated with a DOMC item. Item exposure is limited by presenting only a subset of the available options to you. Limiting item exposure helps ensure the integrity of the exam.
You can be assured that the DOMC item type is scored fairly and with precision.
If you are presented with a correct option and respond YES, then that response is scored as “correct”. A DOMC item can be programmed to require one or more correct responses in order to be complete and to be considered answered correctly. Typically, however, only one correct response is required.
If you are presented with a correct option and respond NO, then that item is scored as “incorrect”.
If you are presented with an incorrect option and respond YES, then that item is scored as “incorrect”.
If you are presented with an incorrect option and respond NO (technically a correct response), the item is not scored until additional options are presented and responded to.
Note: Even after you respond correctly or incorrectly to an item, additional correct or incorrect options might be presented but your responses to those options will not be scored at all. This is done to prevent you from guessing the correctness or incorrectness of a response.
The DOC item format might require that you make some adjustments to your usual test-taking approaches. The reward of such effort is the confidence that those test-takers who become certified are truly competent in the areas tested on the exam and will represent excellence in the field.
To learn more about DOMC items,. In addition, the Okta Professional Practice Exam will help you become accustomed to the new test format. We highly recommend that you become familiar with the format of this item type before taking any Okta certification exams.
Okta certification exams are administered and proctored by Examity®, a secure online proctoring service. Okta has partnered with Examity to protect the integrity of our certification exams in the market. Online proctoring means that you can take the exams from almost any location at a time that is convenient for you, without requiring that you travel to a test center. Your Okta Professional Exam must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of the time you plan to sit for the test in order to avoid the additional fee associated with on-demand testing.
Preparing for the Okta Professional Exam
A combination of instructor-led training courses, self-paced learning, self-study, and on-the-job experience will prepare you to take this exam.
Okta Education Services offers a range of classes and training materials to help you prepare for this certification exam. Although attending a training class does not guarantee success on an Okta certification exam, we strongly recommend that you take the Okta Basics Curriculum (an on-demand course) in preparation for this exam. You can access Okta Basics Curriculum here:
Enter “Okta Basics Curriculum” in the search field to narrow your search. The following topics are covered in Okta Basics Curriculum:
Identity and Access Management with Okta: An Introduction
Introduction to Workforce Identity
Manage Okta-Sourced Users
Integrate Okta with Active Directory-Sourced Users
Integrate Okta with LDAP-Sourced Users
Manage Application Single Sign-On (SSO)
Automate Lifecycle Management
Workflows: Automate Identity-Specific Tasks without Requiring Code
Implement Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)
Configure Office 365 with Okta
Enable Secure Access to Linux Servers with Advanced Server Access
Protect On-Prem Applications with Okta’s Access Gateway
Okta Mobile Setup and Administration
Configure Universal Directory and User Profiles
Okta End User Support
Navigating the Okta Help Center
The Okta Help Center contains a knowledge library of articles and videos, some of which are pertinent to topics covered on this exam.
The Okta Content Library offers searchable white papers with a rich body of information to explore before your exam.
Join the Okta Community to review questions, discussions, ideas, and blogs for additional exam preparation.
Professional Exam subject areas
The following table lists the topics that are covered on this exam. These topics are grouped into topics areas, and topic areas roll up into domains/exam sections. Use this list as an outline to guide your study and validate your readiness for the Okta Professional Certification Exam.