By Tori Wieldt on Apr 22, 2013
We regularly receive quite a few questions about certifications for Java. What’s available? What’s changed? Should I bother to get certified? Am I still certified? Do I need to take training to get certified? I talked to Kate Jones of the Certification Team at Oracle University to get your questions answered.
Q: Kate, what's the good news for Java developers?
A: Java is still the # 1 developer platform in the world. Java is everywhere and it keeps growing, with 97% of enterprise desktops, 115 million TV devices and 3 billion mobile phones now running Java. Recent surveys given to hiring managers and recruiters have validated the huge demand for skilled developers in the marketplace. More specifically, for skilled Java developers.
Q: If I’ve been a Java Developer for years, why should I get Java Certified?
A: Certifications hold much more value when combined with solid experience - so you're actually a perfect candidate for certification! Certification doesn't just validate what you know, it demonstrates your commitment to skill development. Check out the post Wanted: Java Certified Experts for more info on this topic.
Q: How different are the Java SE 7 certifications compared to the Java SE 6 certifications?
A: There are significant differences. Oracle University saw an opportunity to improve the Java SE 7 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exams to test a broader range of features and skills so they're more relevant to real-world job functions. Both exams include more advanced content, which gives the credentials more value in the marketplace. We’ve also revised the path to require individuals to achieve their OCA certification before pursuing their OCP exam. For those who already hold a Sun Certified Java Professional (SCJP) or OCP credential, upgrade exams are available to the OCP, Java SE 7 Programmer certification without having to take the OCA exam first.
Q: For the Java SE 7 Certifications, why is OCA now a prerequisite for OCP?
A: With the release of Java SE 7, we saw an opportunity to improve both the OCA and OCP Certifications. In the past, the OCA exam covered more introductory and fundamental concepts so it was not highly sought-after or valued by hiring managers. The Java SE 7 OCA exam now covers more advanced content, content that was previously covered on the OCP exam. We also added additional objectives to the OCP exam to give it more value. The result is that we now have two improved exams that will test you on a greater breadth of skills and position you for greater success.
Q: Do I need to buy training classes from Oracle University in order to earn my Java certification?
A: Training is not currently a requirement for the Oracle Certified Associate, Professional or Expert level Java certifications. Training is only a requirement for the Oracle Certified Master (OCM) level certifications, which includes the OCM, the Java SE 6 Developer and the Java Enterprise Architect certifications. Master certifications are the most advanced credentials so we require training to help prepare candidates for the hands on nature of the exam and to ensure candidates have an in-depth expertise of the technology area.
Read Kate’s post Java Certification: Your Burning Questions Answered on the Oracle University blog. Have more questions? Ask us here.