Unfortunately, we do not have specific information as to if or when an updated certification path may be released. We regret to learn that you received inaccurate information from one of our representatives.
The Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology (CX-310-051) exam is not currently tied to a specific version of Java Platform Enterprise Edition. The only current certification that Sun offers which is specific to J2EE 5.0 is the Sun Certified Business Component Developer for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (CX-310-091).
This is completely contradictory to the information I received from Sun Ed last year. This makes no sense to me that they're not updating the exam and they claim the exam is not tied to a specific version of J2EE. Aren't there specific EJB questions on the exam that are dependent on J2EE version? Any insights out there?
There will be an upgrade for the architect exam for JEE 5. However the actual test is not tied to specifically any version. On the tests question you get only high level questions. On the practical exam, you can use new features without problems.
Part I - the multiple choice exam - is indeed tied to J2EE 1.2, and that's the only part of the exam that's really outdated per se. Part II and III - the practical assignment and the essays based on that assignment - allow you to use any generally released version of Java EE technology that you wish. If you feel that you can solve the problem using Java EE 5, for instance, then you are free to do so, and are not bound to use an 'outdated' version for that section.
As has been stated elsewhere in this forum on various occasions, we know that Sun's working on updating the exam in some fashion, but when and how that will be done is an open question.