The Java Certification Exams,
and Which Java
Certification Should I Choose?
Becoming certified in Sun Java can help
your career in a couple of ways: It creates a greater
opportunity for you, it increases your versality and
desireability, which can also result in a salary increase, and
it also gives you a sense of achievement while boosting your
Before taking any of the certification exams Sun recommends
the appropriate training and six to twelve months of on the job
experience. While they don't guarantee passing the Java
Certification Exams, Sun does state that the training is an
important step in the preperation for those same exams.
Which only makes sense.
The following article briefly introduces some of the
available Java Certifications.
Article by Seema Manivannan:
Sun Java Certification exams are the best way to demonstrate
your skills in Java technologies. These certifications are
industry recognized and worldwide programs that focus on
critical job roles in software application development and
enterprise architecture. Sun's philosophy is that certification
is central to the learning process as it provides validation of
skill sets required for the specific job roles.
Which certifications are available?
Sun offers the following certifications for professionals in
- Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA)
- Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP)
- Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD)
- Sun Certified Web Component Developer
- Sun Certified Business Component Developer
- Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services
- Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer
- Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA)
The SCJA certification has only one exam
that covers basic knowledge of OO concepts, the Java
programming language, and general knowledge of Java platforms
and technologies. For more information, you can refer to SCJA
certification, which is the most popular of
all certification exams, is for programmers experienced
in the Java programming language. It has one exam that
covers the fundamentals of the Java programming
language. For more information, you can refer to SCJP
To achieve the SCJD certification, a candidate must
successfully complete two elements: a programming assignment
and an essay exam. This certification covers advanced Java
concepts and APIs. For more information, you can refer to SCJD
The SCWCD certification is for developers
specializing in the application of Java Server Pages and
Servlet technologies used to present Web services and dynamic
Web content. For more information, you can refer to SCBCD exam
The SCBCD certification is for Enterprise
JavaBeans developers who are responsible for designing,
developing, testing, deploying, and integrating EJB
applications. For more information, you can refer to SCBCD exam
The SCEA certification is an advanced
certification for professionals aspiring to be J2EE enterprise
architects, who are responsible for designing and architecting
J2EE compliant applications. For more information, you can
refer to SCEA exam details.
The SCDJWS certification is for developers
who create Web services for applications using Java technology
components and the SCMAD certification is for developers who
create mobile applications using Java technologies for cell
phones or 'smart' devices. You can find more information about
these exams at SCDJWS exam and SCMAD exam . Top Which
certification is right for me?
If you are planning to enter a career in application
development or software project management using Java
technology, SCJA would be the best choice.
Achieving the SCJP certification provides clear evidence
that a programmer understands the basic syntax and structure of
the Java programming language. If your aim is to demonstrate
superior programming skills in J2SE, this certification would
be right for you.
Once you have the basic certifications, you can pursue
advanced certifications that help enable career growth into
more specific job roles like Mobile Application Developer or
Business Component Developer according to your area of
interest. All the specialized certifications (other than the
Enterprise Architect, which is an advanced certification)
mandate you to be a Sun Certified Java Programmer as a
pre-requisite. Deciding to go for a Sun certification is a big
step that demands dedication and effort.
To prepare for any of these certification exams, the
candidate is recommended to have six to twelve months of
work experience in the particular technology. Even for
an experienced professional, an intensive study plan that
focuses on the certification exam objectives is often necessary
for success. Good Luck to all the Sun certification
Seema Manivannan has a Bachelor of Technology degree in
Electrical and Electronics and a PG in Advanced Computing.
Her work experience of over eight years includes software
development, teaching, and content development in Java and
related technologies. She holds SCJA, SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD,
and IBM 484 (J2EE) certifications.
She has been with Whizlabs for over four years, where
she has authored different exam simulators based on Sun
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SCJP Exam for J2SE 5: A Concise and
Comprehensive Study Guide for The Sun Certified Java
SCJA - Sun Certified Java Associate
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