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Your Guide to Getting Started With Java Certification

Eva Chase
Global, Sr. Marketing Manager

Working a career plan is hard enough without having to dig around to find everything you need.

The Java Foundations 1Z0-811 exam is priced lower but don’t let that fool you.  It is still a valid certification credential.  If you've taken Java Foundations training or the Java Coding and Concepts MOOC this is a great place to start.

If you've attended the Java Fundamentals training and had some hands on experience then the Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 exam is a good choice. 

And, if you create web-based user interfaces using JavaScript along with JSPs, JSFs, servlets and handle business logic or have taken the Developing Applications for the Java EE 7 Platform course then the Java EE 7 Application Developer 1Z0-900 exam is for you.

The difference between the Junior Associate and the Associate certification credential is experience.  Take the Junior Associate if you haven’t gotten that needed experience yet.

Now that you know where to start its time to get ready for the exam.

First thing to do is to review Exam Topics.  This gives you a detailed list on what you will be tested on.  After reviewing the list you can determine what kind and how much additional help you need to prepare.   

Here's what's available to help prepare for the Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 exam.

Here's what's available to help prepare for the Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 and the Java EE 7 Application Developer 1Z0-900 exams.

  • Exam prep 4-6 hour recorded guide.  Click to preview  seminar here.  Note that an Exam Prep Seminar Package will include your exam voucher and a free retake voucher if you need it.

Hope you found this helpful!

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Comments ( 10 )
  • Roland Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Do you already know when the new certifications for Java >8 will be released?
  • Anil Thomas Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Nice write up.Please correct the typo in "Now that you now where to start ..."
  • KJ Sullivan Friday, January 18, 2019
    As a Solaris Kernel Engineer, I sought to expand my skills as took the Java Sys Admin Certification Course. After completing the course, a Java Mentor was required to confirm my knowledge. The Java Mentor refused check my knowledge and to allow me to become Certified because I currently do not take Java Service Requests as part of my current Job. Why offer Certification if I am not allowed to complete it?
  • Daniel Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Definitely interesting, but what are the plans with certifications for the new release cycle of Java?
  • Mick Johannes Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    As an Oracle employee, do we have no charge access to learning content in support of Java development?
  • arthi Saturday, January 26, 2019
    I took 1z0-808 last year but could not clear.Can I get a free retake voucher?
  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Hi Arthi,
    I am sorry you were not able to clear the exam on the first try. You will need to purchase a new voucher to retake the exam.


    Brandye Barrington
  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Hi Mick,
    As an Oracle employee, please contact the OU Internal Training team for access to Java Development Training.

    Brandye Barrington
  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Hi Daniele,
    We now have confirmation that new versions of Java exams are being released soon. Stay tuned!

    Brandye Barrington
  • Brandye Barrington Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Hi Kenneth,
    I'm not sure what you're referring to in your question regarding the Java Mentor, and being refused because you do not take Java service requests as part of your job.

    We do not have a Java Sys Admin certification. We have Java Programmer, Java Enterprise Architect, Java Application Developer, JavaBeans, JavaServer Faces, Java Web Services Developer, Java Persistence API Developer, and Java Web Component Developer. Are you referring to one of those certifications?

    In order to earn one of these certifications, you are required to pass an exam. In some cases, a prior certification is required. In the case of the Enterprise Architect certification, candidates must pass a multiple choice exam, complete an assignment offline, and then complete an essay detailing how the assignment was completed.

    But we do not require review by a Java Mentor, so I'm not sure what you're referring to in your post. If you could provide more information, maybe I could be of more assistance.

    Brandye Barrington
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