Monday, July 17, 2017

Good time to become Java Certified Programmer - 20% discount on ALL Exams

In a nice gesture, Oracle has announced 20% discount on any Java certification to celebrate 20 years of Java. Which means now you can get your Java SE certification at 20% discount, this is almost a saving of almost 50 USD. This is really exciting to all Java developers who are preparing for Java SE 8 certification, 1Z0-808 (Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer) or certified Java developers who are looking to upgrade their certification for Java SE 8. This discount is available to ANY Java certification, including OCPJP 6, OCAPJP 7, OCPJP 7 and OCAJP 8. Now, the big question, how do you get this discount?  Not much, just choose the exam you want to take and register for it as shown below, but don't get late. This offer is only valid till 31st December 2015.

Steps to avail 20% discounts on Java exams:
  •  Find the Java exam that meets your skill level and experience.
  •  Review exam preparation and topics.
  •  Register at Pearson VUE. Use promotion code Java20 to receive the 20% discount.
This offer is globally available until December 31, 2015. Don't miss out, register now. See here for more details.

Which Java certification should you take?

If you want to take benefit of this discounted offer but not sure which Java certification exam should you take, here is your quick guide to various Java certifications. From Java 7 onward, Oracle has divided Java certification into two parts, associate level certification (OCAJP) and professional level certification (OCAJP), which means you need to pass two exams to become a certified Java professional. You need to pass OCAJP exam before going for OCPJP, but you can escape this step if you hold any sun certification e.g. SCJP and wants to upgrade your certification for the newer version of Java.

If you want to pass Java certification in one attempt then your only hope is to take OCPJP 6, exam code 1Z0-851. I usually don't suggest that because of two reasons, first recent Java certification is better than getting certified in the old version and second OCPJP 6 is much more difficult to crack and score well then OCAJP 7.

Here is quick summary of various core Java certifications:

1) If you want to become Oracle certified Java professional by giving just one exam, then your only option is to take OCPJP 6, code 1Z0-851. This exam does not require any prior certification.

2) If you want to go for Java 7 certification then you need to pass two exams, fist Java SE 7 Associate Certification (OCAJP7 1Z0-803) and after that Java SE 7 Professional Certification (OCPJP7 1Z0-804).

3) If you want to go for latest Java Certification i.e. Java SE 8 certification, then again you need to pass two exams, first, Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer (exam code 1Z0-808) and later, Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (exam code 1Z0-809). The second exam is not yet available, but you can go for 1Z0-808 now.

4) If you already hold a Java certification e.g. SCJP 1.4, SCJP 5, SCJP 6 or OCPJP7, then you can give appropriate upgrade exams provided by Oracle e.g. 1Z0-805 to upgrade to Java SE 7 Professional or 1Z0-810 for Java SE 8 Professional.

BTW, If you are a beginner and doing Java certification to find a job, I would suggest you to go for OCAJP 7, because it's easier and you pass this exam in relatively less preparation. All Java developers, how are are already certified can take 1Z0-810 (Java 8 Professional exam) to upgrade their certification for Java 8.

Books to Prepare for Java 7 and Java 8 Certifications

Here are couple of good books you can use to prepare for OCAJP and OCPJP exams for Java SE 7 and Java 8 :

Good book for Java SE 7 Certification

Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Exams 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805: A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification Guide By S G Ganesh and Tushar Sharma
Good book for OCAJP7 and OCPJP7

OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 1st Edition by Jeanne Boyarsky (Author), Scott Selikoff (Author)
Good book for Java SE 8 Certification

See here for some more good books to prepare Java certifications.

So what are you waiting for? take advantage of this excellent offer and show off your Java certification skill. I can say from my own experience that time and money invested in Java certification are worth of every penny. You not only learn secrets of Java programming language but also a worldwide recognized certification from Oracle. If you are not sure about benefits of doing Java certification, I suggest you read my article, why to become a certified Java developer, otherwise book your Java certification sooner than later, before this offer expires.

P.S. : If you are looking for a course to prepare Java SE 8 certification then Oracle Java Certification - Pass the Associate 1Z0-808 Exam! from Udemy is a good place to start it. It explains about new features of Java 8 required for OCAJP 8 exam.


Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, you welcome. It's indeed a good opportunity, especially for beginners.

Peeyush said...

From where can I get these books

Javin Paul said...

@Peeyush, you can buy them online. Some of them might be available in your local bookstore as well, depending upon where you are living.

Prem Tiwari said...

Thanks for all the efforts u put javin on ir site. .. i have cleared many interviews with full confidence after reading ur posts . Keep up good work :)

punee said...

@Javin Paul how much does it cost after discount in India. I mean in INR?

Javin Paul said...

@punee Cost for various Java certification is aroun 9604 INR e.g. Java SE 6 Programmer Certified Professional : Rs 9604, Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer 1Z0-809 and 1Z0-808 are also for 9604. Java SE 7 Programmer II 1Z-804 is also 9604. You can check cost of other Java certification from Oracle's certification website :

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have one question please. What about the people around the world, especially at Africa and Madagascar? I'm a beginner but I really want to be a java certified developper. Thank you for your answer and sorry if my question is not appropriated.

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, this offer is available globally. You can buy vouchers from Oracle online and find out an examination center close to your home to book exam.

Anonymous said...

Would you please tell me if I buy coupon before 31 Dec, 2015 then how much validity of this coupon..? I mean when this coupon will expire...?

Pancham Goyal said...

Is there any discount going on now ??

Javin Paul said...

Hello @Pancham, discount on Java certification is now over unless you are retaking the exam, where I think still some 30% discount is going on. Though, you can get a Java Certified T-Shirt if you complete your certification before 30th June 2017.

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, Java certification coupon has validity of 6 month, so you must take exam within six month of purchasing the voucher.

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