In short, if you do not want to head directly on my blog for any reason I am going to synthesise here again the most important points as a reward for all the help I received from this forum
1) Spring Certification is very well recognised in today job world. I haven't seen any job description for back-end developer where Spring is not mentioned, in the last two years.
2) There are four Spring Certification: Spring Core, Spring Web, Spring Integration, Hybernate with Spring. The latter seems to be not available at moment. I have cleared the Spring Core one and I may try for the Spring Web soon.
3) You have to take an official Spring Course for receiving the Certification voucher. That will be you key to access the certification.
4) Retake are 150 US dollars. If you fail you can try the exam after 15 days.
5) You 88 minutes (not sure why I did not get 90), for answering 50 question. For passing the exam you have to answer at least 76% of the questions correctly which equate to 38 questions.
6) The best study material is definitely the study guide you have been give at the exam in combination with the book "Spring in Action"
7) The best mock exams are definitely the one at www.springmockexams.com. The website is also packed of other useful information and a free-test.
8) You will have to book the exam in a PearsonVue centre. I have one just under my apartment
9) After the exam you won't get a copy of the certificate if you do not ask explicitly to the vmWare customer service. What a shame....
10) I found a couple of extremely ambiguous questions, in my opinion impossible to answer correctly, check my blog post mentioned above if you are interested.
@Luca: Thanks very much to share your experience and congratulations for your Certification!
@Jeanne: Thanks for your amazing posts and guides!
I have spent the last couple of weeks studying the official Spring Documentation and more.. and now I am in the process to find some good material to prepare\exercise myself with Spring Certification Questions.
It would have been useful for me to find a good sample of Spring Certification Questions and I have discovered that at https://www.springmockexams.com they are specialized on Spring Certification Questions.
There is also a free version which I have tried and I liked a lot.
Do you guys know some other good available resources?
I have also compared https://www.springmockexams.com with the Jeanne Boyarsky resources mock exams suggestions (http://www.selikoff.net/2010/08/20/spring-3-certification-%E2%80%93-readings-and-resources) and other mock exams on Internet and I found that:
- most of the questions you can find on the most common place are really easy, so I don't think they reflect the real exam.
- most of the questions\answers and solutions are without explanation. This really annoy me as I am doing those test to learn more, not just to see the answer!!! While at Spring Mock Exams they say to have always an explanation for each question.
- some of the on-line and not on-line mock exams need to be downloaded and they cannot be used easily on-line as it looks like.
- most of the Mock Exams UI is pretty ugly. Considering the time and money you spend there it would be nice that the UI would be friendly and nice!
So far the free version of the Spring Certification Questions available at Spring Mock Exams looks really nice...
I might eventually decide to go for the payed version then.. I am still in the process of compare\decide ;-)
Do you guys have any other suggestions?
Sorry for the long post, but I really need help to find the best mock exams ;-) Any input is more then welcome here!!!
Congratulations! I also found it to be a difficult exam when I did it a few years back. I believe that you can now take the Spring certification exams without attending the courses. Suspect it would be difficult without the excellent training provided by the Pivotal developers.
yes I can confirm that you do not need to take the official course anymore.
You can just buy a voucher for 200 USD and eventually exercise with our web simulator here: spring certification simulator
Empower your resume with the right IT certification:
Which book did you read for Spring Integration? Do you think that certification is worth the effort?
I did the enterprise spring (integration) course  but failed the exam, and have not tried to pass it again as I've found some of the subject matter (SOAP / RMI) to be outdated. However, I gained a lot of knowledge about design relevant to large complex systems. Don't see Spring Integration being used on many projects, Apache Camel being more popular. However, the concepts are still relevant since they are born from the same (EIP) patterns book.