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I am thinking of adding some certifications into my bag. Reading the different things, I think I will go for SCJA first.
What I wanted to know was how long is the certificate valid. Is there something like the period after which the certificate becomes invalid?
I understand about update exams. So, does this mean the cert is valid till the version in which I took becomes obsolete or is there a time period?
I am just starting my preparations. The books seem to be a lot of help. This question came just out of curiosity.
I was going to answer this question anyway, then I noticed you quoted me in your signature so now I HAVE to answer!
All the Java certifications are valid forever. If you get your SCJA, you will forever be a SCJA. If they have a new version you can update it, but you will still be a SCJA. Same goes for the SCJP. If I were to earn my SCJP 5 certificate, I would forever be a SCJP 5, even if they are on version 42. I would probably want to update it to stay current, but my previous certifications would be good forever.
When I die, I want people to look at me and say "Yeah, he might have been crazy, but that was one zarkin frood that knew where his towel was."
Indeed, this is a personal achievement, and it doesn't get taken away from you. I think a while back, Microsoft said an MCSE was void when a new MSCE cert came out, and everyone should get re-certified to boast the title, but even that philosophy has changed.
So, get your SCJA, and get it soon. I have an old SCJP, and indeed, it's Java 1.1 or something. It's an old, outdated SCJP, but I love going into job interviews and boasting that I'm not only SCJA certified, but also SCJP since long long ago, and I've watched the language evolve.
I was going to get your book. Its not available in the bookstore here. They only have the SCJP books. Seems like no one is doing SCJA here. They said they will give it if I give the ISBN and all as they have to get it out of their dealer in the city. Will get it by next week. I heard the book was great.
Starting my preparation with the available books now. Wish me luck.
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
author and cow tipper
You'll still be able to call yourself SCJA. Just state the year and version of the exam you wrote, and that's fine.
I still boast the most about my Java 1.1 cert. I don't care if it's old! If someone asks me if I'm "Java 6 Certified", I just roll my eyes and tell them that I've been certified since Java 1.1, and I've been right there when the language has evolved. Experience, my friend, is a great virtue.