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Java SE 7 Certification:

October 2011

Java SE 7 Certification: Raising The Bar

Java SE 7 Certification: Raising The Bar

Oracle Certification is raising the bar with new upcoming Java SE 7 certification credentials.

Starting in late 2011, new and improved Java certifications for SE 7 will be released that emphasize more advanced skills that align better with industry standards and result in an even more valuable credential for you.

The Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java SE 7 now has an all-new definition and focus - with certification objectives that measure not only your day-to-day programming skills, but also your ability to manage the situations you are likely to encounter on a variety of projects. The OCA Java SE 7 certification requires successfully completing a single exam: 1Z0-803.

The Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Java SE 7 is a more advanced certification than ever before. It not only builds on all of the competencies incorporated into our new OCA Java SE 7 certification, but also includes new, advanced skills required of top-performing Java programmers. As a result of its new depth, the OCP Java SE 7 certification now requires you to hold the Associate level Java certification before you can achieve your OCP credential. Certified Java Associates can pursue the OCP certification by completing exam 1Z0-804.

If you hold a previous version Professional-level Java Programmer certification (SCJP or OCPJP any edition), you can upgrade to OCPJP SE 7 simply by passing one upgrade exam – 1Z0-805.

NEW EXAMS/CREDENTIALS/PATHS

New Certifications

Prerequisites

Required Exam(s)

Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer

No Prerequisites

1Z0-803
Java SE 7 Programmer I

Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer

Not Yet Certified:
Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer

1Z0-804
Java SE 7 Programmer II

Upgrading from an earlier version:
ONE of the prior certifications below
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 5 Programmer
Sun Certified Java Programmer (any edition)

1Z0-805
Upgrade to Java SE 7 Programmer

KEY DATES

Exam

Release Date

1Z0-803
Java SE 7 Programmer I

September 29, 2011

1Z0-804
Java SE 7 Programmer II

Early 2012

1Z0-805
Upgrade to Java SE 7 Programmer

September 29, 2011

QUICK LINKS

FAQs

Upgrading Your Certification To Java SE 7

Why should I upgrade my previous certification?
Oracle has redesigned and re-scoped Java SE 7 from the ground up. The Associate level has gone through significant changes, and the Professional level is both broader and deeper. For those already certified at the Professional level (in any previous version of Java SE) there is an opportunity to upgrade with one single upgrade exam.

With the release of the new Java SE 7 certification tracks, Oracle has restructured the tracks significantly. How do I upgrade my previous version of my certification?
You can upgrade your Professional level Java Programmer certification (SCJP or OCPJP any edition) to OCPJP SE 7 simply by passing one upgrade exam – 1Z0-805 Upgrade to Java SE 7 Programmer.

Do I have to be certified on Java SE 6 before I can upgrade to Java SE 7 certification?
No. You can upgrade from any previous edition of Professional level Java Programmer certification (SCJP or OCPJP) by passing the upgrade exam.

Is training required to upgrade?
Training is not required to upgrade your Professional level (SCJP or OCPJP) certification from a previous edition.

Can I upgrade my earlier edition of the Java Associate-level certification to OCA, Java SE 7 Programmer?
There is no special upgrade path from SCJA or OCJA 5/6 to OCA, Java SE Programmer. Any candidate may obtain this certification by passing the exam 1Z0-803 Java SE 7 Programmer I.

How can I find out what to study?
Exam topics and recommended training for the upgrade exam are on the exam web page:1Z0-805 Upgrade to Java SE 7 Programmer

When can I register for the upgrade exam?
You can begin registering for the upgrade exam now - go to pearsonvue.com/oracle and register today!

Earning Your Java SE 7 Certification (New Candidates)

Why should I get Java SE 7 certified?
Getting certified is an investment in yourself and in your career. The study, training and practice that you experience as a part of becoming certified will increase your skills and knowledge. Java certification is one of the most recognized programming credentials in the world, and by becoming Java SE 7 certified - you show your employer, peers, and customers that you are proficient in the latest advances in Java programming.

What exams are required in order to become certified on Java SE 7?
You can view the certification requirements for each Java SE 7 certification in the table above as well as on our website.

Is training required in order to become certified?

Training is highly recommended, however candidates pursuing the OCA and OCP Java SE 7 Programmer certifications are not required to complete training. Oracle University training is one of the best ways to help prepare for the certification exam and will contribute to your success as a Java Programmer.

Is training required before taking an exam?
Requirements for certification may be met in any order, however all requirements must be met before a certification will be granted (without exception). This includes any test, prerequisite certification (if applicable) or required training (if applicable).

Will there be a Master-level Developer level for Java SE 7?
A Master-level credential for SE 7 is under evaluation for possible development.

How can I find out what to study or what training is recommended?
You will find exam topics and recommended training specific to each exam on the exam page.

Do I have to earn the OCA certification before I can earn OCP?
Yes. For Java SE 7 Programmer, the OCA level is a now a prerequisite to OCP, Java SE 7 Programmer.

Why is OCA required before OCP?

For Java SE 7 certification, Oracle has made significant changes (and upgrades) to the Associate level certification. Beyond just conceptual, knowledge-oriented objectives, candidates for OCA will be required to apply a multitude of programming skills and tasks at a practitioner level.