File APIs for Java Developers
Manipulate DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF and many others from your application.
The moose likes Junior/Associate Certification (SCJA,OCAJ 5/6/8) and the fly likes Why SCJA instead of SCJP? Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login

Win a copy of Java Interview Guide this week in the Jobs Discussion forum!
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Certification » Junior/Associate Certification (SCJA,OCAJ 5/6/8)
Bookmark "Why SCJA instead of SCJP?" Watch "Why SCJA instead of SCJP?" New topic

Why SCJA instead of SCJP?

Marco Antonio
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 23, 2008
Posts: 81
Hello, everybody and expecially to Ganesan.

My question is about why someone who has a basic knowledge in Java should try to obtain the SCJA instead of trying to obtain the SCJP. What should determine which certification is better to anyone? Do you recommend start the cerfications path with the SCJA when you don't have experience working with Java?

Thanks a lot!!!

Any correction of my English will be gratefully accepted.
Ganesan Ponnusamy
MyExamCloud Support
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 07, 2005
Posts: 264
Dear Marco Antonio,

The new OCA Java certification (for Java SE 7) is totally different from the old Oracle Certified Associate Java exam.

OCAJ 5/6 (old)
[Java SE, Java ME and Java EE Basic Skills Required]
Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/SE 6 (Formerly Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA) ) certification provides basic knowledge required to manage a Java project. The exam also tests your Java EE and Java ME basic skills. You can gain basic knowledge of Object-Oriented Concepts, UML representation of OO concepts, the Java programming language, and general knowledge of Java Platforms and Technologies.

Read this article =>

OCAJP 7 (new)
[More focused in Java SE 7 Programming basics]
Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer certification provides basic knowledge required to program Java code. You need to complete Java SE 7 Programmer I Exam to achieve this certification. You can gain basic knowledge of Java data types, strings, arrays, loop constructs, methods and encapsulation, inheritance and exceptions.

Read this article =>

OCPJP 7 (certification path)
Note that to attend OCP, Java SE 7 exam you should complete OCP Java SE 7 first under certification path.

Read this article about OCP Java SE 7 Exam (certification path ) =>

OCPJP 7 (upgrade path)
In the case of upgrade path you should have certified in any version Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer OR Any version Sun Certified Java Programmer.
Read this article about OCP Java SE 7 Upgrade Exam (upgrade path ) =>

Both these exams empower your knowledge of basic syntax and structure of the Java programming language and can create Java technology applications that run on server and desktop systems using Java SE 7.

Remember to study Java SE 7 features like binary literals, numbers with underscores, try with resources, exception handing enhancements, concurrency enhancements, switch with string, diamond operator enhancements, etc.

Till Java SE 6 there is no prerequisite to take Java Programmer Certification.

If you decide to take Java SE 6 certification, go ahead and complete Java Programmer exam.
If you decide to attend Java SE 7 certification, there is no option, you must complete OCA Java SE 7 prior to take OCP Java SE 7.


Ganesan P
MyExamCloud for Java SE Certifications, Java EE Certifications and Java ME Certification Preparation.
Zeeshan Sheikh
Ranch Hand

Joined: Nov 20, 2011
Posts: 144

Well if you don't have any programming experience then for sure OCJA is highly recommended. It tests your basic programming language. Good Luck !!

MySQL Blog
Adam Borowski

Joined: Nov 22, 2011
Posts: 4
Hello Ganesan,
Ok we now know what is OCA Java 7, but what is the better option? Should we choose two exams Java OCAJ 7 and OCPJ 7 instead of one exam OCPJ 6? What is your opinion?
Marco Antonio
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 23, 2008
Posts: 81
Thanks to all for your answers. It has been highly instructive.

Thanks a lot!
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Why SCJA instead of SCJP?
jQuery in Action, 3rd edition