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Spring Professional Exam Eligibility

 
Praveen Sharma
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I wish to take up the Spring Professional Exam. In this regard I am trying to find out how do I become eligible for the exam ?

I read in one of the post
Spring Certification

that to make yourself eligible there are two options:
1. Take the Spring Source training (I am not keen on this)
2. Provide evidence to SpringSource that I have working experience of Spring or I am contributing to Spring projects

I would like to go with #2 as I have 1+ year experience working on Spring applications. But now the question comes to my mind how and in what way I have to communicate this to SpringSource so that they make me eligible ?

Guys please suggest.
 
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You can no longer take option 2, the only way to take this exam is to do the training with Spring (for £2500 or so) which will get you a voucher for the exam as well. You need to decide whether it's worth paying the £2,500 for a certiification or not.....
 
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The 'Core Spring Training' is not scheduled to happen in the city where I live.
Could you please suggest any alternative way by which I can take up the training and hence take up the exam ?
 
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To be honest I found the exam pretty easy, so much so that I'm not sure I would bother paying for the training - I would of course do it if my employer was paying the fee!

You can learn all you need to know from just reading Spring in Action 3rd Edition and working through a few examples, this should give you enough knowledge to get through most interview questions if they come up (I have yet to be asked any Spring interview questions other than "what is IoC?").

My advice is save your money and do the Java ones.
 
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Thank you Will Myers for the suggestion.

I have however complete two java certification (SCJP, SCWCD) and the other one don't fit my job profile. I was considering the architect certification but again with my working experience (4 years) I feel its too early.

So thought of spring certification so that I can learn as well as get an instant label of being certified. And in my country labels do help to get benefits in the current job ..

Now coming back to the question: I will obviously now go for the SpringSource training. But the trainings (http://www.springsource.com/training/course?courseID=17834) are not scheduled to happen in my city any ideas on how to get trained to become eligible for the Spring Certification ? I was wondering if people can get trained online after paying the amount to SpringSource ?
 
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