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which Java certification to take first as a beginner ?

 
krishnadhar Mellacheruvu
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Hi

I am relatively new to Java and started learning it seriously from past 1/2 month. I was checking out the oracle's java certifications, i came across several version's of it. like Associate level - 5/6,7,8 : Professional level - 5/6,7,8 and then master level - only 5/6 as of now. I purchased ocajp 1 and ocpjp 2 of version 7 by kathy and also ocajp-1of version 8 by boyarsky and selikoff(cause of whom i came to know about this awesome forum). I also have scjp6/ocpjp6 materials at my dispossal. When i was going through ocpjp6 it looked to me as a combo of both ocajp and the professional level certifications combined. now i also know that ocajp5/6 is also there. But by going through the versions which version of exam is good to take for a fresher like me. Though i want to have ocpjp6 version which is a bit older version(which i am also preparing). I find it a bit too much(not exaggerating) for a fresher like me. What i feel is that i need to take ocajp version 8( i see that ocpjp 8 is in production and is available now ) which is the latest version and since it is an accociate level certification, this would give me a solid base for my ocpjp 8 exam and also for further certifications in java. So any valuable suggestions in this regard would be of great help. The reason for me asking this question( my change of thought from writing ocpjp6 directly to earn a professional certification) is last night i was going through the java one conference videos and i was spellbound my the awesomeness of the work that is going on. I was speechless when i came to know that java9 is in the offing)

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krishnadhar Mellacheruvu wrote:So any valuable suggestions in this regard would be of great help.

In short: you are new to Java, so you should opt for an OCA exam. These are entry-level exams. The OCAJ5/6 is definitely not a good choice as it's not intended for Java programmers (it's for non-technical functions like business analysts, managers, and so on). So you have to choose between OCA 7 or OCA 8. If you don't plan to take the OCP exam, this year you should definitely opt for OCA 8 exam because it's the more recent one.

In this thread you'll find an overview of all possible paths (OCPJP6, OCAJP7+OCPJP7 or OCAJP8+OCPJP8) you could take to become an OCPJP certified Java programmer. And this thread also contains some valuable information about which OCA version to choose. So I would advice to read these threads and if you still have questions or doubts, just hit the reply button and let us know! But if you don't have any specific reasons, you should (as I just have mentioned) go with OCAJP8.

Hope it helps!
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Roel
 
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hi

Roel,

Thanks for the reply. It cleared most of the doubts that i have. I would go for OCAJP 8 which is the most recent one. That would pave the way for me to move ahead in java. and once again your reply was a saver. Thanks for that once again..
 
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krishnadhar Mellacheruvu wrote:Thanks for the reply. It cleared most of the doubts that i have. I would go for OCAJP 8 which is the most recent one. That would pave the way for me to move ahead in java. and once again your reply was a saver. Thanks for that once again..

You are welcome!

And don't forget: if you have any questions and/or doubts while studying, don't be shy and just create a new topic in this forum. Almost guaranteed to get an awesome reply from this amazing Java community!

Happy studying!
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krishnadhar Mellacheruvu wrote:Hi

I am relatively new to Java and started learning it seriously from past 1/2 month. I was checking out the oracle's java certifications, i came across several version's of it. like Associate level - 5/6,7,8 : Professional level - 5/6,7,8 and then master level - only 5/6 as of now. I purchased ocajp 1 and ocpjp 2 of version 7 by kathy and also ocajp-1of version 8 by boyarsky and selikoff(cause of whom i came to know about this awesome forum). I also have scjp6/ocpjp6 materials at my dispossal. When i was going through ocpjp6 it looked to me as a combo of both ocajp and the professional level certifications combined. now i also know that ocajp5/6 is also there. But by going through the versions which version of exam is good to take for a fresher like me. Though i want to have ocpjp6 version which is a bit older version(which i am also preparing). I find it a bit too much(not exaggerating) for a fresher like me. What i feel is that i need to take ocajp version 8( i see that ocpjp 8 is in production and is available now ) which is the latest version and since it is an accociate level certification, this would give me a solid base for my ocpjp 8 exam and also for further certifications in java. So any valuable suggestions in this regard would be of great help. The reason for me asking this question( my change of thought from writing ocpjp6 directly to earn a professional certification) is last night i was going through the java one conference videos and i was spellbound my the awesomeness of the work that is going on. I was speechless when i came to know that java9 is in the offing)

Thanks

Hi Krishnadhar
I am supposed to go for Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer. Can you tell the books that you bought are good for this certification? I know its silly but i have to ask, how long will take to apply for exam? I am like fresher but having strong programming background in other domain. Did you apply for exam as this post seems recent one? Please share all experience you had so far. Your answer will lead me from the dark tunnel to lighter side.

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Dipan Chokshi wrote:I am supposed to go for Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer.


there is an endless debate on, whether to go for OCA 8 or OCA 7


which you can find here and here
Hope they will further help you in selecting which OCA to go for...

Dipan Chokshi wrote: Can you tell the books that you bought are good for this certification?

Here you will find the details of study materials available.

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Dipan Chokshi wrote: I know its silly but i have to ask, how long will take to apply for exam?

First of all make this clear in your mind that "Silly" is a relative term and your question is surely not,

Let me show you how its done:
  • You have to go here first


  • You have to create your account

    You have to Sign in with your username and password

    then Select proctored exam

    In search exam type:"1Z0-803: Java SE 7 Programmer I"(without quotes)

    Then you will have the window with payment details
    and below to which you will have an icon,
    by which you can schedule the exam

    Then in the next window select proceed to scheduling

    then select exam center as per your choice,and you are set to go
     
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    I appreciate your guidance. Thank you so much.
     
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    Hi Dipan Chokshi,

    First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

    Dipan Chokshi wrote:Can you tell the books that you bought are good for this certification?

    In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available resources (study guides, mock exams,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).

    Dipan Chokshi wrote:I know its silly but i have to ask, how long will take to apply for exam? I am like fresher but having strong programming background in other domain.

    Hard to answer! Depends on your current Java level, if you learn rather quickly/slowly and of course the amount of time you can spend each week. Most people asking this question want to get their certification as soon as possible and rush into the preparation. I don't like it! Give yourself enough time to prepare. Don't rush! My personal opinion: the journey becoming certified is much more important than that piece of paper itself. If you take your time to prepare, you'll become a much better developer with a good understanding of Java and OO basics. You'll get much more out of your certification than someone who's preparing to just pass the exam. No doubt!

    Dipan Chokshi wrote:Did you apply for exam as this post seems recent one? Please share all experience you had so far. Your answer will lead me from the dark tunnel to lighter side.

    If you are curious to know about experiences, have a look at the OcajpWallOfFame. Plenty of ranchers added their name together with a link to a topic describing their experiences about their preparation and the actual exam (both for OCA7 and OCA8 exams).

    Hope it helps!
    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
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