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Adelia Kepsmilt
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Hi,
I'm a Java developer with 8+ years working experience in Java. I passed SCJP 1.4 in 2004, and then took break from my career after working for 8 years. I have resumed working as Java Developer a year ago, and our workplace is currently on Java 6. I would like to get a certification in Java 8 to get an edge in advancing my career. With prior SCJP 1.4 certificate, which exam should I be focusing on?

1) OCA 1Z0-808 & OCP 1Z0-809 ---OR-- - 2) Upgrade to Java 8 OCP - 1Z0-813?

I prefer option#2, since I wouldn't have to take 2 exams. I'm willing to give myself about 2 months for prepare for it. What the material suitable for the upgrade exam (option # 2) ?

I remember being on this forum around 13 years ago for SCJP certification, and the immense support it offered back then. Hope nothing has changed

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Adelia
 
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I just realized that I had posted similar question last year (when I just got the job after my career break), and I didn't follow it up because of the pressures of new job. My post was answered, and I'm going ahead with Upgrade to Java 8 - OCP 1Z0-813 exam.
 
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Adelia Kepsmilt wrote:I just realized that I had posted similar question last year (when I just got the job after my career break), and I didn't follow it up because of the pressures of new job. My post was answered, and I'm going ahead with Upgrade to Java 8 - OCP 1Z0-813 exam.

For completeness: you'll find this topic here.
 
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Adelia Kepsmilt wrote:With prior SCJP 1.4 certificate, which exam should I be focusing on?

1) OCA 1Z0-808 & OCP 1Z0-809 ---OR-- - 2) Upgrade to Java 8 OCP - 1Z0-813?

Since it's more than 10 years ago since you have passed a certification exam, I would opt for the first path (OCA8 + OCP8). It is indeed more expensive than the other path (2 exams vs 1 exam), but the Java syntax and language have changed a lot since Java 1.4 (and 1.6). And since you want to advance your career, it might be useful to take the OCA certification exam as well and get a solid understanding of all new syntax and basic concepts the Java language has to offer!
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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