I have passed the IZ0-808 Exam in August 2019. The certification bug of mine was not active for last 1.5 years but now it's back and I started checking again the certification path for Java. I found that now there's big changes in the Java certification path as new exam Java OCP 11 1Z0-819 has been introduced combing the OCA & OCP.
So now I'm on crossroads in regards to which exam should I aim for to progress in the field of Java.
Should I take the IZ0-809 exam? If yes, when will it be retired as I would take around 6 months for it's preparation.
Should I tale the Java OCP 11 1Z0-819 exam but then I would have to undergo the same things I underwent for the IZ0-808 exam?
Can someone shed some insights to help this poor soul of mine
No one except Oracle can tell when will 808/809 certification path will be retired. May be after they release new certifications for Java 17 next year. Hard to tell.
Many topics in 809 and 819 are the same but 819 has some new topics as well (Modules, Annotations, Security).
>Should I tale the Java OCP 11 1Z0-819 exam but then I would have to undergo the same things I underwent for the IZ0-808 exam?
Yes, that is true. If you go for 1Z0-819, you would have to refresh basic Java stuff such as loops, operators, arrays, decision constructs and be ready to face all the tricks they entail. If you are rusty on those, go for 1z0-809 and then later, when your certification bug become active again , go for the OCP Upgrade to Java 11 exam 1Z0-817 (or any new upgrade to Java 17 exam that Oracle may release).