I've been thinking of the best way to respond to this since I noticed the query yesterday afternoon. I suppose my ambivalence in responding has been mostly due to the fact that the SCEA is not really geared towards the regular developer proving their understanding of UML - it's really aimed at software architects/designers. It's part of the reason (imho, since I don't work for Sun and can't really speak for them) that I think the exam is so expensive and thorough - it's to ensure that those who pass this have experience and knowledge in the skill sets required to design software.
A potentially cheaper way to prove your understanding of UML, if that's your goal, might be to take IBM's 833 and 834 (OOAD with UML2). It's certainly less involved than the SCEA and concentrates wholly on that realm, without the Java EE 5 dependent knowledge that must be demonstrated.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Joined: Jul 02, 2004
Theodore, you're the type of person i have been looking for in this forum. You got Java and .NET certifications.
Therefore, you're on the hook for answering!
I'd like to learn exactly the same skills as you have.
well, if you are doing it just for yourselves, good enough. but if you are looking for some better career prospects based on just your certification, it needs to be backed up by experience as well. otherwise, the certificate is just a piece of paper.