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Does Associate Certification has a value?

Mohammed Al-Moayed

Joined: Apr 08, 2007
Posts: 6
Dear All

I am preparing for the SCJP. And what I know is that I dont have to be SCJA in order to be a SCJP.

My question is that.... does Associate Certification has a value or benifit for me as a SCJP?

if yes, What is that vale or benifit?


Mohammed Al-Moayed
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Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

Welcome to JavaRanch!

This question is a little difficult to answer, because the "value or benefit" of certifications means different things to different people (and different employers). So it's somewhat subjective.

If you browse this forum, you will find prior discussions on this topic.

"We're kind of on the level of crossword puzzle writers... And no one ever goes to them and gives them an award." ~Joe Strummer
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Joined: Aug 26, 2006
Posts: 4968

The SCJA Certification is the new entry level certification from Sun.

Sun Microsystems recognized that there are many different roles in Java, J2EE and enterprise development that require a well rounded and extensive proficiency in Java and Java related technologies, without necessarily having in depth knowledge of Java syntax.

The SCJA exam demonstrates that you have a strong understanding of Java, J2EE, J2ME and related technologies. You can pass the SCJP exam but not have any knowledge of how to even start coding a mirco device, or have any knowledge of when a JSP, Servlet, EJB, Message Queue, RMI or JNDI server is appropriate for your architecture, or if you are using the technology correctly. The SCJA exam gives you that type of background and knowledge.

As far as helping you on SCJP, the SCJA does cover a good bit about standard UML and class diagrams. You also have to have a good understanding of OOA & OOD to pass. The syntax questions are not as in depth as SCJP, but they will create a solid foundation on creating classes, declaring variables, and working with conditional and iterative structures. It's a solid foundation to start from.

Plus, it's another certification on your resume, which always looks nice.

There are some free mock SCJA certification tests on my website. Check them out to get a feeling for the difficulty of the questions.

Good luck on all your certification quests, no matter which path you choose.

Kindest regards,

-Cameron McKenzie
Mohammed Al-Moayed

Joined: Apr 08, 2007
Posts: 6
Thank you Cameron for your information... your sites are great especially the one for WebSphere...

Best Regards
[ November 02, 2007: Message edited by: Mohammed Al-Moayed ]
I agree. Here's the link:
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