SCJP Certification Course

Not exactly summer courses...Its SCJP certification course.For all my friends who aren’t really familiar with this term, SCJP stands for SUN Certified Java Programmer. If you love coding and knowing Java is one of your achievements so far that makes you look like an IT engineer—this is the thing that you might want.

SCJP is a certificate exam conducted, evaluated and graded by SUN—the God of Java technology. So, this is it—to be recognized as a Java programmer by the creators themselves is what Java lovers would not want to miss. Plus, having a certi shows the efforts you had put in and sets you a little apart than your non-SCJP colleagues.

This article is a guide to all those curious minds who would love to get acknowledged by SUN as a Java programmer. And the only thing that qualifies me to write this article is the fact that I am myself a SCJP (version 6).

SCJP has many versions till date each becoming obsolete as the new one came. This happens because each time a new jdk (Java Development Kit) is released, some changes to existing APIs are made and it becomes necessary to update the test. So far, there are 6 versions of this exam SCJP 1.0 to SCJP 6.0 – SCJP 6.0 being the newest.

This might cheer you up- The SCJP certification doesn't expire. It remains valid as long as you live. But this validity is in the eye of the beholder; it is associated with a particular version. It is always good to upgrade yourself to a higher version of the exam if you are already certified to a lower version.

So, if you are now aiming for a SCJP certification, SCJP 6.0 should be your target.

So, how do you start your journey?
Get this book—'SUN Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide' by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. Believe me, this is your only bible for the exam—and excellent guide. The authors of this book are one of the lead developers of this exam; what more can you ask for!!
This beautifully crafted book is the only thing you need to understand and learn the concepts.

When to prepare?
You need some meaningful time and efforts of at least 2 months to clear SCJP. I gave my exam on 14th August 2010 and I took the advantage of the holidays we got between 2nd and 3rd year. So, a proper planning is also essential. Read the book and give some mock tests---That's all you need to make it big. Following are some links that might help you prepare.

How do you appear for the test?
There are many vendors of the SCJP exam ticket, NIIT, Whizlabs for instance. I had purchased my ticket from NIIT, Borivlali for Rs.5200. Tickets are generally available in the price range of Rs.5000-6000 and have a validity period. This period is generally of 8 to 9 months. If you fail to give your exam before this expiry date, you cannot appear for the test using the same ticket and you are required to purchase a new one worth the same price. So, be careful when you purchase one. Be firm and confident that you WILL appear for the test- come what may, before the deadline.

There are many more SUN certifications like
SCJD (SUN Certified Java Developer)
SCWCD(SUN Certified Web Component Developer)
SCBCD (SUN Certified Business Component Developer) etc.
But their only requirement is that you should be a SCJP. So being a SCJP opens the doors to further certifications.

Believe me, its not that difficult. Just put in some efforts and whoa!!!!! You might be the next SCJP. You get a personalized Identity Card recognizing you as a SCJP and a certificate directly by SUN. Doesn't that sound privileged!!!!!!!!!!


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