I have 2 years of experience working in java. Sometime before, I mean a few weeks ago, I thought to go on for certification since I am working in java.
I initially thought to proceed with OCA8 then OCP8. But from a few days thinking to take more time (few months) and proceed with SE 11 Exam (819).
I have not worked on 11 features though yet. So wanted a suggestion that if verison 8 is still valuable since verion 11 is already there in the market.
If yes then I will got on with OCA8 then aftrewards with OCP8. If not then I will take a step back and learn 11 features and then take SE 11 Exam.
posted 4 weeks ago
We can't tell you which exam would be the best, nor even whether you need to pass an exam at all. Hence my question 1.
Don't worry too much about the perceived value of either of the certifications. Both are good and equally valuable. You need to consider your personal situation and capabilities before deciding which path to take. OCA8 + OCP8 will require the same amount of effort as OCP 11. However, with v8 the effort is distributed. Since OCA 8 focuses on the basics, it is relatively easier to pass than OCP 8 or 11 for beginners/less experienced. The breadth of topics covered in OCP 11 is quite big and it may be difficult to study and remember them all at once. But v11 will cost you only half as much if you work hard.
Try taking a few mock exams and see how comfortable you are with the topics. If you don't feel too overwhelmed with OCP 11 topics, go with OCP 11.