Oracle Java Certified Professional certification program offers professional-level credential and designed to ensure the knowledge and proficiency to develop applications using the Java technologies: Java Standard Edition 7, Java Standard Edition 6, and Java Standard Edition 5 (Java SE 7, Java SE 6, and Java SE 5).
The Oracle Java Certified Professional exam tests your basic understanding of Object Oriented programming concepts, Java programming language and general knowledge of Java platforms and technologies. Oracle Java Certified Professional exam validates expertise to perform complex, hands-on activities through study, labs, practice exam and Oracle Java Certified Professional study guide for Oracle’s OCP exams.
Requirements for OCA: Oracle Java Certified Associate Certification
There are no prerequisites for the OCJA exam. However, you must be well experienced with the language before you take the exam.
Requirements for OCP: Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional certification
Follow the steps below to complete your OCP DBA 11g Certification –
Prior Certification Requirements – Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate
Follow the steps below to complete your OCP DBA 12c Certification –
Prior Certification Requirements – Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate
Requirements for OCA: Oracle PL/SQL Certified Associate Certification
There are no prerequisites for Oracle PL/SQL Certified Associate certification program.
The goal of these Oracle Java Certification Exams is to test you on respective job roles in Java Industry. In order to prepare and pass these certification exams, you would require sufficient level of understanding of respective Java technologies. However, you would also require understanding of the exam pattern, type of questions you are going to be tested on and most importance sufficient practice.
What Should You Keep in Mind Before Starting Your Preparation for the Exam?
The preparation is a lot more time-consuming than I thought, also for experienced Java developers.
You really improve your programming skills a lot (As many other people, I doubted this fact when I started learning for the exam and looking at these tricky, non-practical code snippets).
You should do the preparation and test in English language – almost no good non-English resources are available. At least, I can speak for the German language.
Do not care about the score. Personally, I also do not care – I just wanted to pass the exam. But I was prepared very well and some wrong answers happened only because some questions are not clear in my opinion. E.g. the questions about encapsulation, coupling, inheritance and cohesion are not clear – sometimes several answer look correct to me.
I really hope this post is useful for people taking the Oracle Java certification exam. I have to put out a warning though: if you plan on taking the exam, it’s best to do it sooner than later, because Oracle is revising the certification path for Java 7. The previous Oracle Certified Java Associate exam is not optional anymore, so you’ll have to pay twice as much for the OCJP certificate.