Oracle Certified Java Developers Required for Building Bridges into the Future

September 29, 2020 | 4 minute read
Brandye Barrington
Sr. Program Manager
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If you’re a software developer, you may be aware that this year Java turns 25, making it one of the more established, mature programming languages in the world. This amounts to a huge community of nearly 10 million developers worldwide, and endless support documentation that has cumulated over the years.

This year Java continues to shine as one of the top 5 most popular technologies, attracting many talented young software developers who seek well-paying positions that can offer stability and growth potential. Glassdoor ranks Java developers as one of the highest paying entry-level positions in the industry. This is an accurate reflection of the ever-growing need for real-world developers who will pioneer our journey into the future of robotics. Indeed, it will be Java developers who will need to confirm robotic adherence to the Three Laws of Robotics not too far down the road…     

One of the best ways to secure Java skills that will pave your professional path is by becoming Oracle Certified Professional (OCP). Becoming a Java OCP offers several benefits no other Java learning service offers:

  • Increase your marketability and career potential – employers look for candidates with higher than average skills and technical know-how
  • Stay ahead of the curve – getting Oracle certified means you’ll be in-the-know about the latest releases, iterations and changes, so you can stay up-to-date with the newest technology
  • Gain a competitive edge – differentiate yourself in the workplace with formal Oracle recognition in your skills


A Quick Guide to Oracle Certification exams   

Previously, certification candidates were required to pass both Java 1Z0-815 and Java 1Z0-816 exams. Each exam was 180 minutes with 80 questions. Oracle University is now offering a single consolidated certification exam for becoming an OCP in Java SE 11: Java exam 1Z0-819, a single 90-minute exam with 50 questions.

This consolidation is the result of careful consideration and collaboration within the certification team. While we want the exam to be user-friendly, easy to access and navigate, we did not want to compromise on the rigor of the exam or the skills expected of an OCP. We made efforts to ensure that the 1Z0-819 exam questions will be just as challenging as the previous exam versions. Most topics remain from exams 1Z0-815 and 1Z0-816, and similar topics were consolidated. If you have prepared well for exams 1Z0-815 and 1Z0-816, you should be prepared for exam 1Z0-819. For added flexibility, you can take the exam remotely; no need to arrive at an exam center.

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Learning Java and Preparing for the Exam with Oracle University

Oracle University’s Java Learning Subscription offers very helpful resources. This includes courses for both beginner and experienced developers where lectures and labs examine topics you should know. The subscription also includes exam preparation resources where you can attempt and analyze questions that are written in a similar style as what you will likely encounter on the exam. These questions were developed by Oracle Java experts. You’ll be provided a deep analysis of how individual questions were designed, study advice, and tips for approaching questions.

Here are a few of the learning paths that may interest you and help you prepare for your exam:

Java Learning Explorer – a free entry-level training program introducing the fundamental principles of Java. This training program is designed for novice programmers or Java developers looking to start their path to Java SE certification.

Java SE 11 Developer – the complete course, including preparation for the Java SE 11 Developer (1Z0-819) Certification Exam. Learn how to:

  • Describe the object-oriented programming approach
  • Explain Java syntax and coding conventions
  • Use Java constructs and operators
  • Use core Java APIs, such as Collections, Streams, IO, and Concurrency
  • Deploy Java SE applications

Beyond Java SE 11this learning path covers Java Development Kit’s (JDK) beyond Java SE 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 and discusses the JDK release cycle and significant new features introduced in the latest short term support JDKs. Includes the latest information on JDK 15.

Enterprise Java Developerlearn to develop enterprise-level applications, including front-end and back-end applications, and web services. This path prepares you to take the Java EE 7 developer exam, leading to the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credential in this field.

Java SE on OCI – craft custom Java solutions that leverage OCI DevOps, cloud-native services like functions, APIs and streaming, perform integration and automation using PaaS services, and customize and extend SaaS apps with custom code and PaaS. Apply the skills acquired from the OCI Application Development Learning Subscription to solving Java-specific analysis, design, and development problems.

Digital Live Sessions and Coaching Sessionsenjoy the benefits of learning directly from Oracle’s product managers, consultants, and SME’s. Join live sessions to learn about trending topics, how-to’s, best-practices, exam preparation, success stories, and new and emerging technologies, as well as ask our experts specific questions.

* Coaching sessions are similar to Office Hours with a Professor where you will be mentored and may learn how to use the Java Learning Subscription to your advantage.

Brandye Barrington

Sr. Program Manager

Brandye is a Senior Program Manager with Oracle Certification. An experienced leader in the field of IT Certification, Brandye has been in the certification industry for nearly 20 years, helping to build, grow and adapt Oracle's world class certification program. 

Brandye's expertise spans the operational intricacies of building and managing a global certification program; providing engaging dialog and building enduring relationships with customers and industry leaders; maintaining content and communications on an ever-evolving website, support structure and social media network; and keeping the Oracle Certification audience informed on new policies and procedures as well as new certifications, exams and products that enhance their careers and provide maximum ROI on their certification investment.

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