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Do I need a SCJA certification?

Aarthi Krishnaswamy
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I am an embedded software engineer. I know the basics of Java but I have been out of touch. I would like to learn Java and enter the mobile Java field. Also, I have not done any certifications in Java. Should I start with SCJA ? Also, is SCJA needed for SCJP certification ? How much does the SCJA certification cost? Please guide me..

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Aarti

Robert James Liguori
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The Java certification path now starts with the mandatory OCAJP exam. It is $ 300.00.
http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=41&p_org_id=&lang=&p_exam_id=1Z0_803

I'll be updating this page shortly:
http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/OcajpFaq

Here is Oracle's information on Java's certification:
http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=458&get_params=p_track_id:JSE7Prog

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Aarthi Krishnaswamy
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Thanks Robert! The information was very useful. One quick question.. Looks like the books recommended for OCA certification are not released yet. Can you suggest any book thats currently available and useful for OCA certification ? Thank you so much for your help!

Aarti
Aarthi Krishnaswamy
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Also, are there 2 OCA certifications ? OCA programmer I & OCA programmer II ? I see so many posts where people talk about 2 OCA certifications... Can you shed some light on this too..
Robert James Liguori
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Until the OCAJ materials are available, you could use SCJA study guides plus additional material or just use a subset of SCJP material.

Note that various sections of the following SCJP book provides near full coverage of the OCAJ exam.

SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates
http://www.amazon.com/SCJP-Certified-Programmer-Java-310-065/dp/0071591060

Robert James Liguori
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Aarthi Krishnaswamy wrote:Also, are there 2 OCA certifications ? OCA programmer I & OCA programmer II ? I see so many posts where people talk about 2 OCA certifications... Can you shed some light on this too..


No, there is one OCAJ certification.

You take this mandatory associate certification before the professional... both are part of the Java certification path.

Again... take a look here:

Here is Oracle's information on Java's certification:
http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/d...get_params=p_track_id:JSE7Prog

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Aarthi Krishnaswamy
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thanks Robert!
koilraj abraham
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Preparation articles about OCA Java Certifications Please visit at http://www.epractizelabs.com/blog2/?p=413

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Abraham
EPractize Labs Training Labs => OCMJEA 6 | OCAJP | OCPJP | OCEJWSD | OCEEJBD | OCEJPAD | OCEJWCD
Aarthi Krishnaswamy
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thanks Koilraj! has anyone tried the epractizelabs study material ? how do you like them ?
 
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