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Hello,

I am a technical Consultant working on Oracle for nearly a decade. I have been supporting some Java applications lately and planning to get certified for OCA Java. I can see that Java 8 and Java 11 certifications are available. What should the factors to decide which version of Java should I target to get certified on?
(My organization is still on Java 8)

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Shilpi
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

Why do you think you would need a new certification in the first place? It might be useful to revise because you learn new features of the language. But you might only need the exam if you have been told to get it by your employer or a prospective exployer.

Moving to our exams forum.
 
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If your goal is to learn more, you should take Java 11. If it is to take an easier exam or get certified faster, Java 8 is good.
 
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I had a similar delimma when I did SCJP, I started preparation with SCJP for Java 1.4 book (not realizing there was SCJP for Java 1.5), then bought and went through the 1.5 book, but eventually gave SCJP 1.6 exam (the 1.5 and 1.6 exams were supposed to be almost the same). Between Java 1.4 and 1.5 there were a lot of changes, so I was glad I took the latest exam.
 
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I'm not sure what you mean by "supporting". If you mean hacking on the code to fix bugx, then sure, learning enough to pass a certification will improve your skills in an applicable way. But if you mean supporting in the "system administration" sense, there will be pretty much zero relevance.
 
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