Okta Professional Exam Study Guide

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Congratulations on taking the first step toward earning 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 for becoming 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 minimum, we highly recommend that you thoroughly review each topic listed within the Professional Exam subject areas section of this study guide. Make sure you understand each topic. Every topic within that section relates to at least one question on the exam. If you are not familiar with a topic, research it by either using one of the corresponding preparation resources or searching the Okta Help Center or Okta Product Documentation Library. Some topics are best learned through hands-on experience with the Okta service.

What does it mean to be an Okta Certified Professional?

Okta Certified Professionals possess foundational knowledge in the area of secure identity management. They have hands-on experience completing day-to-day operational tasks to support users of the Okta service. 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 Certified Professional certification should take the Okta Professional Exam. These candidates should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • One-year experience in a technical role working in security and/or identity management
  • Three to six months of on-the-job experience working with the Okta service
  • Successful completion of the Okta Basics Curriculum or equivalent training

Although roles within different organizations may vary, candidates for the Okta Professional certification are generally involved with defining secure identity strategies or assisting with daily operation and support of Okta instances. Candidates for this certification may be Okta Administrators, implementation consultants, identity leaders, project managers, business app owners, or help desk administrators.

About the Okta Professional Exam

Exam format

Number and types of questions: 60 Discrete Option Multiple-Choice (DOMC) items

Time allotted: 90 minutes

Exam fee: 250 USD (100 USD for each subsequent retake)

Prerequisites: None (Recommended training and preparatory resources are listed in the Professional Exam subject areas table at the end 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 scores. It does so by removing several “contaminants” that affect test outcomes but are unrelated to the knowledge and skills being tested. The DOMC item type levels the playing field, and more fairly measures your skills by improving:

  • 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 DOMC item format might require that you make some adjustments to your usual test-taking approaches. The reward of such effort is 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, visit https://domc.caveon.com/home. 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.

Exam scheduling

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. You can schedule your exam through the Okta Certification Credential Manager.

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: https://www.okta.com/services/training/ 

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

Visit https://www.okta.com/services/training/ for the complete course catalog.

Other resources

  • 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.

Identity and Access Management


Industry Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge of IAM and IDaaS and how they relate to Okta

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Single Sign-On (SSO) Federation

Based on a given use case, demonstrate knowledge of whether SAML, WS-FED, or OIDC should be used 

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Demonstrate knowledge of IdP versus SP initiated flows

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Demonstrate knowledge of the benefits of using federation vs. password vaulting

Preparation resources:

  • Beginner's Guide to SAML
  • Okta Essentials Module 5: Configure SSO and Provisioning 
  • Okta Essentials, Deploy Office 365 with Okta, Technical Consultant Boot Camp 


Demonstrate knowledge of how SWA is used in Okta

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Demonstrate knowledge of basic troubleshooting of the Okta Browser plug-in

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Single Directory Integration

Demonstrate knowledge of the Active Directory integration options with Okta

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User Lifecycle Management


Okta as a Directory

Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose of Universal Directory

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Demonstrate knowledge of custom attributes, mappings, and data transformation

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Demonstrate knowledge of the process to add Okta-sourced users

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Demonstrate knowledge of what lifecycle management is in Okta

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Demonstrate knowledge of when to use Okta user states and statuses

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Demonstrate knowledge of how to use app assignments, requests, and automations to provision applications to users

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  • Access Request Workflow  
  • Okta Essentials Module 5: Configure SSO and Provisioning
  • Okta Essentials Module 7: Manage Access Request Workflows 


Demonstrate knowledge of how to manage group assignments and rules

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Demonstrate knowledge of the various group types supported by Okta

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Demonstrate knowledge of the various methods for activating and deactivating users

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Self-Service (End user)

Demonstrate knowledge of self-service options available to end users 

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Okta Integration Network 

Demonstrate knowledge of the OIN and how to leverage Okta out-of-the-box app integrations

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Demonstrate knowledge of how to search for pre-built integrations and identify the app capabilities

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Basic Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Demonstrate knowledge of multi-factor authentication

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Demonstrate knowledge of the MFA strategies

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  • Networks
  • Okta Essentials Module 9: Implement the Okta Policy Framework 


Demonstrate knowledge of user authentication flow

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Demonstrate knowledge of available factor types and supported forms

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Demonstrate understanding of the MFA reset options that are available to an administrator

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Demonstrate knowledge of the policy types available in Okta and their functionalities

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Demonstrate knowledge of when to use each policy

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  • Okta Essentials Module 5: Implement the Okta Policy Framework 


Demonstrate understanding of how policies are applied based on the policy priority order

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Demonstrate understanding of the importance of the default policies in Okta

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Administrator Access Control

Demonstrate knowledge of the general usage of Administrative roles in Okta

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Administration and Troubleshooting


Okta Personalization

Demonstrate knowledge of the administrative personalization capabilities available through Okta

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Logging and Reporting

Demonstrate understanding of the difference between Okta reports and syslogs

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  • Reports
  • Okta Essentials Module 11: Monitor Your Okta Org

Demonstrate knowledge of the tasks page

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API and API Token Management

Demonstrate understanding of the security impact of granting management API tokens

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Demonstrate knowledge of how to create and manage API tokens

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Demonstrate understanding of when Okta API-AM should be used

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Customer Support Practices

Demonstrate knowledge of the Help and Support Process

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Demonstrate knowledge of Trust.okta.com and the Okta help center

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Demonstrate understanding of the differences between EA and GA features

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Sample items 

Know what to expect on the day of the exam. Take the Okta Professional Practice Exam to familiarize yourself with the format of the DOMC item type.  Click the button below to check it out. 

Professional Practice Exam

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