CAUTION: The following bit of news is not and will not be confirmed by anyone at Oracle Corporation. This is a friendly and completely unofficial heads-up to the JavaRanch community.
In the last week, Humphrey Sheil and I have finally worked through enough items to justify a Beta exam for the OCM Java EE 6 Architect certification. Whatever additional checks are required by Oracle's certification group are underway, and we should all soon see a formal announcement.
I'm here to say the objective exam will have substantially different material from the EE 5 version. Although there has is some pressure to recycle the items that remain pertinent to the certification, Humphrey and I have done quite a bit of reworking and inventing. The process started with multiple passes in revising the objectives of the exam and culminated with multiple reviews of each item to make them succinct, relevant and challenging.
Those of you interested in participating, I know nothing more about the release date or availability of the beta, only that the material is ready and we've been compensated and thanked for our time. We'll do some additional work after the beta to prepare the final version, of course, but then it's off to the races.
There has been some preliminary talk of providing an upgrade exam for those holding a prior certification. That's all it is right now: talk. No formal parameters, no established prerequisites, just acknowledgment there is a sizable market and potential interest for one and some interest in reaching out to it. FWIW, Humphrey and I both thought it was a good idea and contributed some thoughts to what would make it work.
That's the buzz. The next word I'll see on the matter is Oracle's announcement, same as you. Feel free to ask me for more information or who to contact at Oracle to find out more, but also expect that I won't or can't answer.