Thaks for having me here (this is my first post). I'm planning to take OCA+OCJP in following months. Knowing that the OCA is a pre-requisite for the OCJP, I'd like to know if it would be possible to give the second (OCJP) prior to the first one (OCA), even if I have to wait until I pass OCA to get my OCJP certificate. According to Ganesh and Sharma's book, it seems possible:
FAQ 3. OCAJP 7 certification is a prerequisite for OCPJP 7 certification
via the 1Z0-804 exam. Does that mean that I have to take the OCAJP 7
exam before I can take the OCPJP 7 exam? No, requirements for certification may be met in any order. You may take the OCPJP 7 exam before you take the
OCAJP 7 exam, but you will not be granted OCPJP 7 certification until you have passed both the 1Z0-803 exam and
the 1Z0-804 exam unless you are eligible to take and pass the 1Z0-805 exam, for which OCAJP 7 certification is not a
But I want to confirm, it would be helpful if somebody had any similar experience.
I'm asking this because I've been granted an OCA preparation course which starts next week and finishes in June. After completion, I'll receive a voucher for the OCA. Actually, I enrolled in this course because I knew that I'd get this voucher so I can save some money. I consider that I'll be ready for taking the OCJP in 2-3 months time as I'm already an experienced Java developer. Then I just wait till June for receiving my voucher, pass the OCA right away and get both certificates. Would it be possible then? Is there any step or consideration I need to have in mind?
About your question, I guess it's possible. But will Oracle allow you to register the OCPJP7 exam without already passed the OCAJP7.
About your preparation... the content for OCP exam is broader and deeper than the OCA exam. Preparing for the OCP exam will basically also prepare for the OCA exam. So yes your plan should work.
However, the voucher you will be getting after you complete the OCA prep course is somewhat a waste of time I think. 3-4 months of intense studying for OCP exam vs prep course for OCA exam is redundant. I understand the your primary objective here is the "voucher". Depending on the instructor, you may be lucky to able to ask questions regarding OCP exam topics rather than OCA topics.
Since you are doing OCA+OCP you will need 2 vouchers. Maybe the course provider will offer another voucher for the same price.
I took them "backwards." I did so because the deadline for the beta was coming. Also, I wanted to see how the OCPJP was. If I didn't think I passed, I wasn't going to try again. (I took it for experience). So there would have been no need to take the OCAJP if I failed the OCPJP in my case.
I agree with Tsang that you are going to be bored in your OCA class!