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Darren McLeod
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Joined: Jul 07, 2003
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I tried searching for info on this but couldn't seem to find it anywhere. If one is planning on taking the SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD and SCEA exams, Is there any general consensus on which order would be better to take them in? Or are there really no reasons to take one before the other and just do them in any order?


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Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Darren,

There are several schools of thought...

One suggests that if you are trying to get a certificate now (so you can impress your partner / boss / potential employer), then you may be able to get the SCWCD and SCBCD certificates quicker than you can get the SCJD or SCEA.

Another school of thought is that if you want to get all the certificates in the shortest elapsed time, then you might want to start SCJD before SCWCD or SCBCD, as you can use the time waiting for the results of your SCJD (could be 6 weeks from when you submit your assignment) to go for the other certificates.

Of course if you are looking for the friendliest forum to hang out, then this is definately where you want to be spending your time .

I would recommend taking SCEA at the end of all the other certificates - the things you learn in the other certificates will help you in SCEA. (By the way, if you are a new programmer, and trying to get certificates to impress potential employers, it is possible that having both programming paths and architect paths might confuse them).

Regards, Andrew


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Darren McLeod
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Hi Andrew, thanks for the advice. I think I will get SCWCD, SCBCD next because I am trying to impress my boss before my annual review in September Then I�ll do SCJD and while I�m waiting for the results of my assignment I�ll do the SCEA. I thought about the �confusion� of doing programming and architect paths but for me I am not a new programmer. I work for a consulting firm so depending on the work available we can submit a programming resume or an architect resume. Plus I really like the idea of the SCJD assignment and will be doing it more for my own satisfaction than for impressing potential clients.
 
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