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SCJP prerequisites (Do I need 6 months of prev. exp.)

Robert Kowalski

Joined: Apr 04, 2005
Posts: 2
Do I need to have 6 months of previous experience ?
Prerequisites: 6-12 months of experience
What kind of experience does it need to be ?
Please help (nobody give me a job without SCJP, but i cant get it without job; am I right?)
marc weber

Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 11343

When they say 6-12 months of "experience," they basically mean "practice." In other words, it's a recommended amount of practical experience -- not necessarily work experience.

"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
Jeff Bosch
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Joined: Jul 30, 2003
Posts: 805
Technically, you don't need any experience at all to enroll for and take the exam. Practically, you would probably fare much better if you have some experience. As Marc pointed out, "experience" can mean "practice".

Give a man a fish, he'll eat for one day. Teach a man to fish, he'll drink all your beer.
Cheers, Jeff (SCJP 1.4, SCJD in progress, if you can call that progress...)
Robert Kowalski

Joined: Apr 04, 2005
Posts: 2
Thank you very much. It was really important for me.
Alex Gibson

Joined: Apr 10, 2005
Posts: 4
At the risk of getting flamed, here is my opinion on the exam.

You don't need any experience, save basic programming experience. You will need one copy of the Bates and Sierra book to study. If you have no Java experience, study it for about 3 months, take all the tests, samples, etc.

Look into other sources if it makes you feel better, but study the K&B book. The 5.0 version of the book is coming out this summer, in time for the new Tiger exam. I would wait for that.
Dibbo Khan
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Joined: Dec 19, 2004
Posts: 147
I know your catch 22 situation. You don't need any experience to pass any of these tests, to this day I have no java experience besides what I have done at home. However I have alot of VB and C# programming experience. But by the time I had passed the SCJP, I hadn't yet begun programming in C#. So study the book hard for a month, and then take the practice tests and go for it. As a general rule I think the more serious or inquisitive or clever you are the less experience you need. So study hard and you should pass for sure.


MCPD (Enterprise Application Developer, Windows Developer, Web Developer - .NET 2.0), MCTS (Windows Apps, Web Apps and Disbributed Applications - .NET 2.0), MCITP (Database Developer & Business Intelligence Developer - SQL Server 2005), MCAD,, SCJP 5, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD, SCMAD, SCDJWS, SCJA
munirka pg

Joined: Jul 24, 2003
Posts: 3
I'll second or third(?) or nth..the opinion
its nice to have experience... but thats what this forum is for.. for those who are still shaky and learning...
Get the Kathy/Bates book, and the book by Khalid Rasmussen.. do all the chapters and tests.. next do the mock exams diligently.
If you are like me, doing a day job which involves not 100% java - then 3-6 motnhs is good enough. Key is be regular, and take one bite at a time, and chew it well.Set a feasible deadline...and go for it.All the best!

Munirka PG.
PCLP Admin,PCLP Developer,MCSE,MCSD (VB5),SCJP1.4
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