Oracle Java Certification Exam Levels and Categories

Java Certification Paths - Which OCA/OCP Java Exam can I take?

Oracle Java Certification exams, which were earlier known as Sun Java Certification exams, are industry respected certifications in Java technology. There are several levels and categories of exams depending on the experience level of the candidate, namely - Junior Associate, Associate, Professional, Expert, and Master. The certifications that focus on Java programming are commonly known as OCAJP and OCPJP. Some people still call them by their old acronyms such as SCJP, SCP, OCJP, and OCP. The Java Expert level certifications focus on specific technologies such as EJBs, JPA, Web Components/Servlet/JSP, and Web Services. They are commonly known as OCE-EJB, OCE-JPA, OCE-WCD, and OCE-JWS.

As of 31st March 2019, Oracle has discontinuted several certification exams. Most importantly, the Java EE 6 Certifications for EJB, JPA, Servlet/JSP, Web service exams have been discontinuted.

Another important change is that for Java 11, the Oracle Certified Associate level for Java Programmer certification has been removed. Instead of upgrading the OCA Java 8 exam to OCA Java 11 exam, they have split the Professional level Java Developer certification into two parts - OCP Java SE 11 Programmer Certification Exam Part 1 (1Z0-815) and OCP Java SE 11 Programmer Certification Exam Part 2 (1Z0-816). So, you have to take two exams to get one OCP Java SE 11 Developer certificate.

All Java Certification exams are listed below with their exam codes -
Skills/Certification Exam Code Experience
Level
Status Java Version
Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (JFCJA) 1Z0-811 Newbie Current
Java 8
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Programmer Part 1 (OCPJP/SCJP) 1Z0-815
0-2 years
Current
Java 11
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Programmer Part 2 (OCPJP/SCJP) 1Z0-816
2 years+
Curent
Java 11
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 7 8 to 11 Programmer UPGRADE  (OCPJP/SCJP) 1Z0-817
2 years+
Current
Java 11
Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer (OCAJP/SCJA) 1Z0-808 0-2 Years Outdated but still Exists Java 8
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (OCPJP/SCJP) 1Z0-809
2 Years+
Outdated but still Exists Java 8
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (Upgrade 7 to 8) 1Z0-810
2 Years+
Outdated. Retires on 29, Feb 2020. Java 8
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (Upgrade 6 to 8) 1Z0-813
2 Years+
Outdated. Retires on 29, Feb 2020. Java 8
Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Component Developer 1Z0-899
2 Years+
Discontinued Java EE 6
Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Enterprise JavaBeans Developer 1Z0-895
2 Years+
Discontinued Java EE 6
Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer 1Z0-898
2 Years+
Discontinued Java EE 6
Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Services Developer 1Z0-897
2 Years+
Discontinued Java EE 6
Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect 1Z0-807
4 Years+
Still Exists
Java EE 6


Note that the experience level is not required by Oracle but is just a guideline.

WHICH SUN/ORACLE JAVA CERTIFICATION IS BEST SUITED FOR YOUR NEEDS?

There are five types of certification levels that are structured under the Oracle's Java certification path. These five levels are:

  • Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (JFCA)
  • Oracle Certified Associate (OCA)
  • Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
  • Oracle Certified Expert (OCE)
  • Oracle Certified Master (OCM)

The following are the details of different certifications under each level on the certification path. Note that, each certification would have multiple version of the same certification corresponding to the different Java SE or Java EE version.

  • Java Foundations Certification: Junior Associate certifications are focused on students in secondary schools, two- and four- year colleges and universities who have participated in the Oracle Academy program and/or are studying computer science including relevant Java and database curricula and faculty members who teach foundational Java, database and computer science classes.
  • Associate Level Certification: If you are new to Java, by becoming an Oracle Certified Associate, Java Programmer I (OCAJP), you will acquire a base set of knowledge that enables entry into a career in application development or software project management using Java technology.
  • Professional Certification: As a Java Programmer, in order to demonstrate that you’ve acquired required skills, you should take Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer – II (OCPJP) exam. Earning this certification will take your Java career to next level.
  • Expert Level Certification: Expert level certifications are to test the knowledge on any special areas in Java EE technology. This exam helps you to move upwards in your Java Career from a Programmer level. The following are the list of certification under the Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) level. These certifications are very important to advance in your Java career path.
    • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE Web Component Developer (OCEJWCD)
    • Oracle Certified Expert, Java Persistence API Developer (OCEJPAD)
    • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE Enterprise Java Beans Developer (OCEEJBD)
    • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE Web Services Developer (OCEJWSD)
    • Oracle Certified Expert,  Java ServerFaces Developer (OCEJSFD)
  • Master Certification: This is the final level of certification in the Java certification path. You set yourself a class apart by achieving Oracle Certified Masper, Java EE Enterprise Architect (OCMJEA), responsible for architect and designing Java Platform, Enterprise Edition technology-compliant applications that are scalable, flexible, and highly secure.

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 the understanding of the exam pattern, type of questions you are going to be tested on and most importance sufficient practice.

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