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Java SE or EE for first certification

 
Joseph Casale
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Hi,
I am new to Java, plenty of C# experience so while I don't expect to much trouble, I am wondering about the opinion of persons in the industry as far which is more valuable to start, an SE or EE certification?
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joseph,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

The Java SE (OCA/OCP) certification is a pre-req to all other Java certifications except the architect one. And the architect one isn't good for people new to Java.

So Oracle's pre-req structure has decided this for you. You have to start with SE.
 
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Hi Joseph Casale,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Joseph Casale wrote:I am new to Java, plenty of C# experience so while I don't expect to much trouble, I am wondering about the opinion of persons in the industry as far which is more valuable to start, an SE or EE certification?

Here you'll find an overview of the Java EE certifications and all Professional Level Certifications require you have any version Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer OR Any version Sun Certified Java Programmer. That means you must start with a Java SE certification. An overview can be found here.

So in order to fulfill this requirement, you can choose between 3 paths: OCPJP6 or OCAJP7+OCPJP7 or OCAJP8+OCPJP8. For the first one, you only have to pass one exam; for both other paths you need to pass two exams (an entry-level and an advanced level). 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 just go with OCAJP8 (and OCPJP8).

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).

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
Joseph Casale
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Thanks for all the detail Jeanne and Roel.
 
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