Monday Feb 08, 2016

Java SE 8 Certification: Answers to Your Most Common Questions

We are sharing the most asked questions and answers about Java SE 8 certification.

Q: I’ve been a Java Developer for years. Why should I get Java Certified?

You’re a perfect candidate to get Java certified. Your experience together with certification is a valuable combination. You’re demonstrating commitment and motivation to keeping your skills current which leads to more opportunities in your professional career. You’re recognized and verify to management that you're effectively validating your skills. Find out how to become Java SE certified.

Q: How different are the Java SE 8 certifications compared to the Java SE 7 certifications?

Java SE 8 contains several long-awaited new features such as 'Lambda expressions' and 'Date and Time API'. Since Java Language Specification has been updated for these new features, the experienced Java developers also need to learn the new style of coding. Learn more about Java SE 8 new features and enhancements. Oracle University supports the Java Developer’s further success by this Certification Program that will prove the skill of Java SE 8.

Q: For the Java SE 8 Certifications, why is Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) now a prerequisite for Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)?

Skills learned while preparing for an Oracle Certified Associate are critical fundamental skills, providing a strong foundation. The Oracle Certified Associate is a prerequisite certification for those pursuing a more advanced level, Oracle Certified Professional. This level measures a deeper more specific possession of skill, proving enhanced abilities and knowledge in the industry.

Q: Do I need to buy training classes from Oracle University in order to earn my Java certification?

Training is not requirement for the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Certified Professional or Oracle Certified Expert level of Java certifications. The Oracle Certified Master level certification Java SE 6 Developer and Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect certifications require training. Master certifications are the most advanced credentials and training is required to prepare candidates for the hands on nature of the exam and to ensure candidates have an in-depth expertise of the technology area.

What other questions do you have? Let us know in the comments section below.

Friday Jan 15, 2016

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Friday Nov 20, 2015

Is Out of Date Really Out of Luck?

Recently, I had an online conversation with a few Java certified members of one of our LinkedIn groups.  The conversation started because Oracle didn’t distribute the new Digital Badges for certifications on retired or expired version releases.  It was playfully suggested that this was a ‘marketing scam’.  I cringed at first; because it could be perceived as a scam.  But the reality is, outdated certifications don’t hold that much value.

Technology is changing.  The world is different than it was in 2005 and our jobs have evolved to adapt to these changes.  Java has changed.  Java 8 was released on 18 March 2014”   according to Wikipedia.  Before we know it, it will be 2 full years since Java 8 was released!  If you're interested in reading more on the version history of Java, you can find it here.

I Google'd Java Skills in Demand 2015 and wasn’t surprised to see what was returned.  We already know the demand is high for java programming skills.  One of the links though stood out for me.  I really liked what Katie Bouwkamp said in The Most In Demand Programming Languages 2015  “…it’s important to be well-versed in a number of programming languages so you can be versatile and adaptable – and then continue to learn/master languages throughout your career.”

You can make certain you continue to learn and master your skill by keeping your certification current.  If you hold an out-of-date certification (Java SE7, SE6 or older)  upgrade now with one exam to SE8.

  • 1Z0-810 Upgrade to Java SE8 OCP from SE7
  • 1Z0-813 Upgrade to Java SE8 OCP from SE6 and Previous

We believe in the importance of continuing to learn and master.  Do you?

Order before December 31st to receive a 20% discount on your exam.  Learn more at Java20

Friday Nov 13, 2015

Is Higher Pay Worth Getting Oracle Certified?

I recently came across an article that caught my eye  After a long slump, IT certification pay bounces back by Robert Gates.  Pay and certification are two topics that are dear to my heart so I read on.  The article looks into the value of non-certified skills vs. certified skills.  “The value of non-certified skills went up nearly 4% in the past year compared to 10% for certified skills, according to a survey of pay rates for about 200,000 jobs across 2,800 employers by Foote Partners, LLC in Vero Beach, Fla.”

Why is IT Certification value going up?  According to David Foote co-founder and analyst, Foote Partners LLC  “It means the certifications are getting a little more respect. Clearly, the market has a much different view of certified skills versus non-certified skills.” 

Why should this topic be important to you?  Here’s a couple of highlights:

  • "IT certification pay has rebounded after slumping for years, as non-certified skills, such as expertise with operating systems and databases, continue to grow.”
  • "The list of 378 certified skills in Foote's survey remains dominated by large vendors, including Cisco, Cloudera Inc., EMC, Oracle, Red Hat Inc. and VMware.”

What does an Oracle certification provide you with in regards to certified skills?  Oracle is an industry leader.  Whether your skills and experience lie in database or java the market demand is high.  We have training and exams that you can build on. 

  1. Our core certification program structure starts with the Oracle Certified Associate credential that shows you have fundamental skills and a strong foundation. 
  2. The next step is Oracle Certified Professional that builds on this foundation to measure a deeper more specific possession of skill. 
  3. Then we have the Oracle Certified Master certification which validates you demonstrate these skills and can do the required tasks.

Are you ready to have your non-certified skills recognized as certified skills? View the Oracle Database 12c Certification Path or Java SE Certification Path for more information. 


Monday Nov 02, 2015

Expand Your Certification To The Cloud

Oracle Open World for 2015 may have come to a close, but our announcement during this years conference is just the beginning. 

We now have Cloud certification exams that align to the new Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions.

Start with training designed to fit your schedule.  Practice in the safe hands-on lab environment.    Learn how to confidently extend your current skills into the Cloud.  Add a new Oracle Certified Professional credential that proves you have the skills to administer and deploy in the cloud. 

We think that's pretty exciting news.

Read the announcement New Oracle Learning Subscriptions & Cloud Certifications! Releasing Now at Oracle OpenWorld 2015


Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

ACTION REQUIRED: Final Reminder to Keep Your Certification Active

Keep your Oracle7.3, Oracle8, Oracle8i and Oracle9i Database credential(s) active by upgrading to a current version of Oracle Database certification by November 1, 2015. 

Oracle Certification announced a new Recertification Policy in November 2014, requiring you to maintain a current version of certification to keep your Oracle Database credentials in an active status. 

This is your final reminder that on November 1, 2015 your current Oracle7 - Oracle9i Database credentials will become inactive. Upgrade to a current version of Oracle Database certification before that date.

Please take action soon if you are in this situation, in order to remain active and maintain access to current Oracle Certification benefits.

We are here to help. Take advantage of discounts on Oracle Database Certification upgrade exams and training packages.

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