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Does certificate expire?

 
Shura Balaganov
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Does SCJP certificate expire at all? Say, if I take Java 2 exam, and 1.4 is coming up soon, will Sun take the path of Microsoft and such, and expire certificates after a while?
 
brent spearios
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It wont expire but the more up to date certification you get the better it looks on your cv
 
Tim Murphy
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Brent how do you know that?
 
brent spearios
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Well after the war i spent alot of time training as a carpenter and as a result didnt have a very good carear and then i decided to switch to it late in life and now i've learnt java
 
Shura Balaganov
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Did Sun ever expire any certificates at all?
 
Corey McGlone
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I thought I heard once that your SCJP certification expires after 3 years. I could be wrong about that, though.
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Terry Wang
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no, it never expires. but they name then(old and new) differently, like we have SCJP 1.1 and SCJP2. i guess the new SCJP2 v1.4 is on its way coming.
 
Toby Davis
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I'm just speculating... but 1.4 is still part of the Java 2 platform, so it's still an SCJP2.
Unless Sun's marketing calls it something silly like "Java 4" :roll:
The certificate says Java 2, not 1.2/1.3/1.4 etc.
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Jessica Sant
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I just called SunEd to check into this. The guy I spoke to said a certification will never expire, but if a totally new version of Java comes out they will probably offer an upgrade exam. The example he gave was the certification from Solaris 7 to Solaris 8 -- there's an upgrade exam availabe to people already certified in 7.
 
Younes Essouabni
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I still have a copy of the contract.
Point 11: The term of this contract shall be three years from the date you sign this contract. This contract is not renewable
 
Shura Balaganov
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So this means 3 years, and then what?
 
Younes Essouabni
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IMHO
I think it's a kind of expiration, maybe that if you have passed SCJP three years ago, and you want to take SCJD you will have to pass again SCJP.
 
Reid M. Pinchback
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The certs don't expire as far as Sun is concerned, but which one you have may matter for other purposes.
Oracle is one of the companies providing an enterprise developer (i.e. JCert) certification track. The SCJP is required for 'level 1'. Oracle gradually drops the oldest certifications from eligibility for transfer into the program. From what I've read I don't think they get on your case once you are in the program, but when you try to transfer in initially which SCJP version you have matters.
 
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