We get a ton of questions from many of you who already hold a Java certification, or have considered one in the past. So we thought it would be helpful to share some of the answers to our most frequently asked Java questions.
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 and increases hireabilty and marketability options. Check out our blog post on "Certified Java developers required for building bridges into the future" for more on this topic.
A: When you passed your exam, you achieved a “Sun Certified Java Programmer” certification. It's still completely valid and is the equivalent of the Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer certification, but your credential is still Sun branded. If you're interested in getting an Oracle Certified credential, you can upgrade your certification to the latest version. You can also select another Oracle certification in Java to pursue.
A: If you were certified on Java 1.4, your certifications are still valid for the version of Java that you are certified in. Upgrade exams are available for the OCP, Java Programmer exams and OCE, Java EE 6 exams to demonstrate your ability to work with the latest versions.
A: Training is not currently a requirement for the OCA, OCP or OCE level Java certifications. Training is only a requirement for the Oracle Certified Master level certifications, which includes the OCM, Java SE 6 Developer and 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.
A: There are significant differences. We saw an opportunity to improve the Java SE 7 OCA and 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 SCJP or OCP credential, upgrade exams are available to the OCP, Java SE 7 Programmer certification without having to take the OCA exam first.
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
Kate Farrow has worked for Oracle University for many years and has a passion for transferring knowledge to others. Her favorite quote is by Albert Einstein:
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”