I teach three Java courses at a university and I am in the process of redesigning and rewriting them all. I would like to align them to cover the content in one of the java certifications so that my good students can potentially sit the exam and get certified if they want to.
I had originally planned on trying to align my content with the 1Z0-815 content but now that exam has now been replaced with 1Z0-819. So I am now looking at the 1Z0-808 content. However, as it using Java 8 I suspect it may get replaced soon. Would I be correct in thinking this?
One of the reasons that Oracle gave while eliminating the OCA certification for Java 11 was that many candidates do not proceed to take the OCP certification after getting the OCA certificate. So, they split the OCP exam into two (1z0-815 and 1z0-816) and gave only the OCP certification after a candidates passes the 816 exam. (Of course, they have since merged the 815 and 816 into one single 819 exam.)
However, what we have now observed is that many candidates are afraid of the 819 exam and that they prefer taking the OCA Java 8 exam (1z0-808) to the tougher 1Z0-819. So, it doesn't look like Oracle will be successful in achieving their stated goal of pushing people to get OCP as long as any version of OCA is available!
OTOH, (due to licensing and other reasons) Java 8 is hugely popular with the enterprise and it might still take years for Java 11 to reach that level of penetration. This means, Oracle may have to keep the Java 8 exams (OCA as well as OCP) alive for some time.
With so many changes in the past 1-2 years, it is anybody's guess what Oracle will do next, but you might want to check out the Java Foundations Certification exam 1Z0-811, which provides an entry level certification called Java Certified Foundations Associate (this exam is also based on Java 8). This exam is a lot cheaper (and easier) than OCA 8. But more importantly, the topics covered in this exam are so basic that even if they update it to Java 11, you may have only a minor impact to your course.
Thanks for the feedback and the great points! I will check out the Java Foundations Certification exam 1Z0-811.
It will be interesting how many people do take the 1Z0-819 exam now that is the only option to get OCP. I am currently looking at upgrading (I did my certification in Java 6) but not sure I can be bothered! there are a few things I would need to brush up on.
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