In a nutshell: - Those certified after Sept 1st will have their certifications valid for 2 yrs only. - Recertification thru a single exam only ($100) - Original certificate still 'valid' in the sense that is shows that you were certified at some point in time! Details are at the Sun certification FAQ: http://suned.sun.com/US/certification/faq/.
No upgrade required. From the Sun site: Does this impact my programmer 1.2 exam? No, previously certified programmers are still certified, however, we always recommend that professionals maintain currency in the technology. An upgrade exam (310-026) will be available in September 2002 for programmers to update from programmer 1.x to programmer 1.4.
I think that Sun is going to shoot itself in the foot with this one. It seems to be a revenue generator for Sun Education Services... Once I have my SCJP I want to move on to different things. I don't have to redo my Maths Degree just because somebody solved Fermat's Last Theorem. Just imagine going for certification D when your certification A, B, C suddenly expire. Then you are told you can't go for D because your A,B,C's are not up to date. So you got to shell out time and money for your A,B,C upgrades, in the meantime certification D changes objectives... Looks more like M$ software upgrade policy to me. -Barry
Hi Barry: I agree with you to same extent. On the flip side, the technology is changing rapidly and if we want the employers to value cerfication, the recertification would serve this cause. However, logistic of recertification should be worked out in that light. A viable suggestion could be: a. recertification should only test in the new areas. b. the charges should reflect the number and contents of new areas. Thanks Barkat
Joined: Aug 05, 2002
Hi Paul: It seems from top post in this thread that anybody certified after sept 02 is good for two years...
Joined: May 05, 2000
From the site:
How long is my certification title "good"? Unless otherwise stated, and beginning with all Sun Certification exams taken after September 1, 2002, certification offerings from Sun Services are valid for two (2) years from the date of certification. The certification date will appear on both a certificate and an identification card with the applicable certification title. The identification card will also include an expiration date, on which an IT professional's Sun certification status expires. Sun may maintain multiple versions of any certification exam or title to meet varying global demand for title versions and to offer IT professionals flexible certification options. Sun reserves the right to retire specific Sun certification exams or titles for any reason and at any time. Sun's recertification policy and program are subject to change without notice.
They probably couldn't do this to the people who took the exam earlier because the prior exam had no expiration date. Any change would open them to lawsuits, etc.
I agree with Barry Gaunt completely. I am glad I took my certification earlier. I am more happy with Sun's earlier policy which said, once you are certified you are certified for life for that particular version of product/technology. If somebody is keen on taking test for newer version (such as SCJP 1.4), he can always do that. - Manish
Joined: Aug 03, 2002
Now I get it! Sun has dropped AWT and I/O from the SCJP for 1.4. They have dropped the pass mark to 51%. AWT is dropped because it not actual, but I/O? They could have replaced AWT by the Swing analogues, and augmented I/O with New I/O, but they didn't. I have not taken $CJP yet, but I gue$$ it's not going to be $ooooooooo difficult. $o what doe$ $un get, it get$ more little fi$he$ on the hook. All cluching their 100$ bill$ in a couple of year$ time. Ju$t my 2$... -Barry
I suspect that by the time Sun has paid its commission to Sylvan prometric, paid a few staff to deal with admin and a little advertising there is very little profit out of each $100. However they must make shed loads on the courses they provide, and the online mocks which must involve very little overhead per sale.