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Which path is better / cheaper to be OCPJP

Sam Zou
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Joined: Nov 18, 2002
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Hi,

I am planning to get certified in the next couple months .. so I need to study.
I am a java programmer for 6 years now.

As far as I known I have 2 options :

OCPJP 6 (1Z0-851)
OCPJP 7 (1Z0-804) but this one I need to pass first the OCAJP (1Z0-803)

So basically, OCPJP 7 is more expensive since I need OCAJP


So my questions are :
  • 1 - As of today, which one is better and up to date for the market OCPJP 6 or OCPJP 7
  • 2 - Is the OCPJP 6 still revelant in 2-3 years
  • 3 - Is there an upgrade exam to be OCPJP 7 after I took OCPJP 6 to make it cheaper to be OCPJP 7 and what is the upgrate exam to take and its price



  • Thanks for your help



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    Himai Minh
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    I passed my OCJP 6 and OCMJD 6 in the last 2 years.
    It depends on what you prefer.
    I took Java 7 new feature course from Oracle as a mandatory training to complete the OCMJD requirement.
    The course costs me $900.

    In terms of cost, OCJP 6 costs $300. OCMJD part 1 costs $300, part 2 costs $300, training costs $900.

    Passing the exams won't guarantee me a better job. I study for the exams just for learning , experience and investment.
    Sam Zou
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    Himai Minh wrote:I passed my OCJP 6 and OCMJD 6 in the last 2 years.
    It depends on what you prefer.
    I took Java 7 new feature course from Oracle as a mandatory training to complete the OCMJD requirement.
    The course costs me $900.

    In terms of cost, OCJP 6 costs $300. OCMJD part 1 costs $300, part 2 costs $300, training costs $900.

    Passing the exams won't guarantee me a better job. I study for the exams just for learning , experience and investment.



    Thanks for the information.

    So in order to be OCMJD 6 , you need to take the Java 7 new feature course ???
    Himai Minh
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    Sam Zou wrote:
    Himai Minh wrote:I passed my OCJP 6 and OCMJD 6 in the last 2 years.
    It depends on what you prefer.
    I took Java 7 new feature course from Oracle as a mandatory training to complete the OCMJD requirement.
    The course costs me $900.

    In terms of cost, OCJP 6 costs $300. OCMJD part 1 costs $300, part 2 costs $300, training costs $900.

    Passing the exams won't guarantee me a better job. I study for the exams just for learning , experience and investment.



    Thanks for the information.

    So in order to be OCMJD 6 , you need to take the Java 7 new feature course ???

    Hello Sam ,
    In order to pass the OCMJD part 1 and 2 , you will need Apress's SCJD study guide, written by Terry and Andrew Monkhouse.After you pass part 1 and 2, you are not done yet. You need to take one of the approved course to get the certificate.
    The courses prices range from $900-$3000 !
    I took the least expensive one.
    So, it is up to you to decide which exam you want to go for.
    K. Tsang
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    Sam Zou wrote:So in order to be OCMJD 6 , you need to take the Java 7 new feature course ???


    No. The OCMJD is practical cert above OCPJP, which Oracle requires mandatory training. This training IS NOT NEEDED for OCPJP.

    For your situation, if you ultimately going to get OCPJP7, you need 2 exams (OCPJP6+upgrade or OCAJP7+OCPJP7). So cost wise is the same.

    As of today, v6 is still relevant because not all companies are switching to v7 just yet. 2-3 years down the road may be a different story.


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