I have been preparing for my SCJP 5 certification and then I recently discovered that the SCJP 6 certification has been announced. Does this mean that I cannot take the SCJP 5 certification any more, but will be forced to take the SCJP 6.0 exam ? If not, is there a deadline after which the SCJP 5.0 will no longer be offered ?
It seems that Sun usually keeps at least two versions of the SCJP available at any given time, so the SCJP 5 is very likely to remain available until the release of SCJP 7 (or whatever the next version's called). In fact, the SCJP 1.4 is still available right now, and probably will continue to be available for another year or so. You're definitely not going to see the SCJP 5 go away anytime soon.