This is my first post. I have already completed OCPJP 8(This site was a big help, so was Enthuware), and was planning on writing OCMJD next year. But since it is going to be retired soon, I am planning on buying the voucher soon. The employer I work for will sponsor the certification amount, but raising a request for buying the Course, Assignment and Essay in the next 2 weeks might make them reject the request.
I have 2 questions :
Can I buy the Essay (1Z0-856) next year say by March/April?
This page shows the last page for buying the Assignment voucher as November 30. It doesn't mention the Essay.
This is the cheapest of all the courses(I will be using the self study mode) and I will be able to use it for the Java EE Architect certification too. Is there any drawbacks in selecting this course? I would personally prefer Java Performance Tuning but I don't think my employer would pay that much for a course.
BOTH assignment and essay must be submitted within 6 months of assignment purchase date. No exceptions. If you do not submit assignment and essay before the deadline, you will be required to purchase a new assignment.
So you can purchase the voucher for the essay exam at any time. The only requirement: take the essay exam within 6 months of assignment purchase date.
Also please note there is no requirement you have to take the course before purchasing the assignment. So you could purchase the assignment this week, follow the course in February and take the essay exam in April.
Since the OCMJD is a 6-month process, both assignment and essay need to be completed. The link you referred to say:
Retirement Deadline What happens on this date?
November 30, 2016 Last day to purchase and download 1Z0-855 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment
May 30, 2017 Last day to submit completed assignment and complete 1Z0-856 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Essay
June 30, 2017 Deadline to receive your score
July 30, 2017 Last day to resubmit 1Z0-857 | Java SE 6 Developer Certified Master Assignment for Resubmission should you fail your first attempt
December 30, 2017 Last day to complete the course submission form to earn your certification
So it depends on exactly which date you purchase the assignment.