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Difference between exams and certification levels.

 
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Hello James,

What are the differences between the different certification levels now that Oracle is running the show. The first time I looked at certification there was a Java Programmer certification and a Java Developer certification (c. 2001/J2SE 1.4). Then there was the SCJP. Now I see OCAJP and OCPJP. The old Java Developer certification required submission of candidate code and application design. Do the present exams correlate, or are they a different animal entirely?
 
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Hello Tad,

Yes it is true that there are lots of different between earlier and latest exams as java 1.6/1.7 has lots of major improvements form 1.4 . So it is worth to take latest exam. Now there are four level of java certifications, starting with associate level. Other levels are professional, Expert and master. The submission of assignment is only required to Master level only. Even there are changes in the content and format of the certifications, those certifications are still doing the same thing, like before it shows your employers who you are, and certify the level of undemanding you have about java. Hope this help, and any more doubts we are here to clarify.
 
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Tad,

When Oracle acquired Sun, it re branded (renamed) all the existing Java certifications-no changes were made to the exams though.

  • Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) was renamed to Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer (OCPJP)
  • Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD) was renamed to Oracle Certified Master Java Developer (OCMJD)

  • The current Java Developer exam, that is, Oracle Certified Master Java Developer (OCMJD), still requires submission of the assignment. However, Oracle has now added mandatory training with this certification-you must complete the specified training to be eligible to write this exam. According to Oracle, they included this to improve the passing rate of this certification.

    Unlike Sun Microsystems, Oracle has also categorized the certifications:

  • Associate level
  • Professional level
  • Expert level
  • Master level

  • SCJP Vs OCAJP Vs OCPJP

    The names and their acronyms changed, when the certifications were renamed by Oracle. Before the acquisition, Sun had an existing certification at associate level-Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA). It was renamed to Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 5/6 Programmer by Oracle.

    OCAJP7 and OCAJP7

    The confusion continues with these certifications due to the change in their names and multiple differences across exam versions.

    OCAJP for SE 5/6 is not a pre-requisite for any other exam.
    OCAJP for SE 7 is a pre-requisite for OCPJP7.
    The exam topics, format of the questions and audience are also different for both the versions of the Oracle Certified Associate exam.

    Do you plan to write any of these exams?

    With respect,
    Mala


     
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    James and Mala,

    Thank you for the great responses. Explaining that there are now four levels of certification instead of the two that existed back in 2001, and that the Master certification is the equivalent of the older Developer certification, completely answered my question. I intend to aacquire the OCPJP7 certification, and your answers will help me to develop my training plan
     
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