Recently I have received a few specific questions from our Java certification audience that I would like to quickly address.
Question: I earned a Java programmer credential previously from Sun, what are the next steps for me?
Answer: I encourage you to look at upgrading your Java Programmer credential to the latest version, Java SE 7. We have tried to lay out a straight-forward and convenient path for those wishing to upgrade their credential. The only requirement is that you pass exam number 1Z0-805, (Upgrade to Java SE 7 Programmer). No matter what previous version of Java programmer credential you hold, passing this single exam will allow you to upgrade to Jave SE 7 Programmer OCP. Please note that when I say convenient I do not mean that this exam is easy. Be be sure to review the objectives, study and prepare. Once you are ready you can register to take your exam through Pearson VUE.
Question: I earned a Java programmer credential from Oracle (OCP level), but what do I call it? Is there a shorter name that I can use?
Answer: The official credential names are a lot longer than is convenient to use in casual conversation. For example "Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer" is a real mouthful. We don't really take an official position on credential acronyms, but I've seen many folks refer to their Java programmer credential as "OCPJP" which make a lot of sense to me. This also nicely separates the Professional level from the Associate level for Java SE 7.
I hope that this helps clarify things a bit for those of you with these questions.