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Should I get OCAJP while studying?

 
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Firstly, I thank you to the coderanch family because they provide seminal ideas for those who are at the beginning of the way. I'm currently 3rd grade student of computer science. Before getting OCAJP, I thought to get Java EE 6 Web Component Developer Certified Expert 1Z0-899 certificate. Nonetheless, when I went into oracle website, I saw the prerequisite that is OCAJP. My obsession is that I have difficulty in deciding whether I should get OCAJP certificate while studying. Because, its price is about $195 in my country. While studying as you foresee, it is far amount for a student. So,

- Is there any advantage(s) or disadvantage to being gotten the certificate early?
- Should I wait for its new version? Because Java 9 is on the way.

En passant, even though I can't dope out what will happen in the long view, I want to most likely go with Java and Oracle in my career.
 
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As an FYI, years ago, Sun/Oracle used to recommend at least 6 months actual work experience before going for the certification (or at least, that is how I remembered it). They don't have this recommendation anymore. However, personally, I liked the recommendation... and there is little guessing whether you will need it or not.

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It would not be a bad idea to get at least the basic Java certification i.e. OCAJP 8. (Don't worry about 9 for now. It is at least an year away). Studying for OCAJP will get your basic concepts straight and that will help you a lot later when you learn new things. It will also help you in job interviews. Even if a recruiter doesn't appreciate the certificate, the knowledge that you acquire will help you answer technical questions correctly and confidently.
 
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Soner Abdulzahir Al-Alimi wrote:Before getting OCAJP, I thought to get Java EE 6 Web Component Developer Certified Expert 1Z0-899 certificate. Nonetheless, when I went into oracle website, I saw the prerequisite that is OCAJP.


That's incorrect! The pre-requisite for the 1Z0-899 certification exam is OCPJP. So that would require either 1 exam (OCPJP6) or 2 exams (OCAJP7 + OCPJP7 or OCAJP8 + OCPJP8).

Soner Abdulzahir Al-Alimi wrote:- Is there any advantage(s) or disadvantage to being gotten the certificate early?
- Should I wait for its new version? Because Java 9 is on the way.


If you are still a student, I would opt for an entry-level certification (OCAJP 7 or 8) for all the reasons mentioned by Paul. And honestly I think for a student an Expert certification (like Web Component Developer) has very little added value, unless you have several months/years of practical experience on real life project(s). You should first learn to walk (entry-level certification) and get some appropriate experience before you can run (expert-level certification).

Hope it helps!
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Roel
 
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