I am SCJP. My long time plan is to be a certified architect (SCEA). Currently I am preparing for SCWCD. Can any one please let me know if I need to clear SCBCD before going for architect exam. I know it is not a pre-requisite for architect exam but if I need to be a good architect I need to know a bit about all java components. So I am thinking only way I can prove myself that I know a bit of every java component is to go for a certification. Please correct me if I am wrong.