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Architect Certification Questions (not contained in the FAQ list)

K. Golbie
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Joined: Apr 15, 2013
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hello there,

I just passed the OCA exam (1Z0-803) with 98% score. Currently I'm preparing myself for the OCP exam (1Z0-804). Afterwards I would like to start the Architect Certification as described here:

http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=458&get_params=p_track_id:OCMJEE6EA

Do I have to take part in an Oracle Course (virtual class or similar)? Are there really three exams to be passed?

Does anybody have experiences with the whole certification path? What about the costs? Am I right with this calculation:

1x course (about 1000 euro)
3x exam (about 3x300 euro = 900 euro)

Sorry, I read the FAQ list but it seems to be obsolet (it's still about Sun rather than Oracle...).

By the way: is this certification worth of the effort? Do I learn much and is it valuable for the employers?

Thank you for your support.
K. Golbang
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Katarina Golbang wrote:I just passed the OCA exam (1Z0-803) with 98% score. Currently I'm preparing myself for the OCP exam (1Z0-804). Afterwards I would like to start the Architect Certification as described here

Welcome to CodeRanch! Did you have experience with Java before taking the OCA/OCP? The architect exam is designed for people who have been using JEE for a number of years. It isn't an entry level certification.

Katarina Golbang wrote:Do I have to take part in an Oracle Course (virtual class or similar)? Are there really three exams to be passed?

Yes to both

Katarina Golbang wrote:Does anybody have experiences with the whole certification path? What about the costs? Am I right with this calculation:

1x course (about 1000 euro)
3x exam (about 3x300 euro = 900 euro)

Sounds right. I'm surprised it is exactly 300 euros per exam. It was $300 per exam - I would have expected exchange rates to come into play. I guess they rounded. See my blog (in my signature below) for my experiences with the whole path.

Katarina Golbang wrote:By the way: is this certification worth of the effort? Do I learn much and is it valuable for the employers?

It was a good learning experience. Whether it is valuable for employers is subjective and could be argued either way.


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K. Golbie
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Joined: Apr 15, 2013
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hi Jeanne,

thanks for your feedback. I like your blog and will use it as reference for my preparation.

Well, I started learning Java in 2001. I have lots of experience (Java SE, Swing, Tomcat, Jetty, Axis2, Design patterns, UML, ...) so that I think that I'll manage it.

Regarding prices: sorry I just rounded the prices. The price for my first exam was actually 285 Euro.

Which Oracle Course do you recommend? I don't like any boring stuff. Actually I would prefer some brand new topics like Cloud Computing (Openshift,...) but there is nothing like that: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=245#2

What do you think?

thanks
golbie
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Katarina Golbang wrote:Well, I started learning Java in 2001. I have lots of experience (Java SE, Swing, Tomcat, Jetty, Axis2, Design patterns, UML, ...) so that I think that I'll manage it.

Yes. You certainly have enough experience for the exam to be a worthwhile learning experience. (if you learned Java this year, it would go over your head a lot)

Katarina Golbang wrote:Regarding prices: sorry I just rounded the prices. The price for my first exam was actually 285 Euro.

That's fine. It isn't important. Just curious .

Katarina Golbang wrote:Which Oracle Course do you recommend? I don't like any boring stuff. Actually I would prefer some brand new topics like Cloud Computing (Openshift,...) but there is nothing like that: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=245#2

I took the exam before there was a required course. Since you don't list Servlet/EJB/JPA/JSF on your experience list, I would recommend the "Developing Applications for the Java EE 6 Platform" class. It looks like a good intro to the technologies. Which you need to understand for the exam and is good to know in general.
K. Golbie
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 15, 2013
Posts: 4
hi Jeanne,

thanks for your answer. I already worked with JSP, Servlets and so on. I would like to learn new stuff. Is there something more "up-to-date" like for instance MVC frameworks (like play framework...) or Cloud Computing?

thanks
 
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