Does Java Certifications like SCJP, OCJP or OCPJP helps in Job and Career?

First of all, Wish you very Happy New Year 2014 !!, May god brings success to you all. I receive lots of questions about the usefulness of Java certifications like SCJP, now known as OCJP or OCPJP. Questions like, does getting a Java Certification helps to land a job, or does certified Java developer earn more or gets better offers, are quite common to Java developers, especially freshers. In this post, I will try to answer few of these question based upon my own experience as experience Java programmer and a certified Java developer. Well, I did my first Java Certification, SCJP (Sun Certification for Java Programmers) a long back and then the subsequent year I completed my SCWCD (Sun Certification for Web Component Developer). 

I did Java certification because at that time I was hungry to learn more about Java, I enjoy doing Java exercises and above all my company was reimbursing the cost of certification, of course if you have to score more than 95%. 

That time I was in the start of my career and this sort of motivation worked for me, but my biggest gain was my learning about subtle details of Java programming as part of my preparation I learned by passing those exams certainly helps me to understand the language better. 

There was no way,  I would have known subtle details about finally block,  checked exceptions and multi-threading in the very short span of time. I realize that preparation is the key, that's the process which will benefit you most. 

When you prepare, you learned a lot by the following the concept, doing exercises and then analyzing why certain options are correct and others are not. 

This technical knowledge gives you an edge over another candidate during written exams, telephonic interviews and even on faced to face Java interviews.

Now here are answers to some of the questions, which often appears in the mind of Java programming aspiring to do certification?




Does Java Certification help you to land a Job?

Does Java Certifications like SCJP, OCJP or OCPJP helps in Job and Career?
The answer is YES, it certainly does, but to a limited extent. Remember, companies prefers engineers who have professional degrees in computer science. So if you are not an engineer but done bachelors on computer science or some other computer programming course, I highly recommend you to get certified, to have something on your resume, which distinguish yourself from other Job applicants. These answers imply that Java certification immensely helps to freshers and programmers with one or two years of experience. As you gain more experience, Java Certification e.g. OCPJP loses it's valued in the overall job selection process. So, if you are thinking to get certified, do it early. Another benefit, and in my opinion, this is even more important, is that Java certification helps you to perform better in Java Interviews. I have personally interviewed a lot of Java candidates; at Junior level, most of the time, the candidate with Java certification performs better than others. This is quite obvious because they had learned a lot about language and its feature during preparation. In short, Yes, Java certification helps you to get a job both directly, by providing a distinctive advantage and indirectly by preparing yourself for Java interviews.




Does Certification like OCJP, OCPJP, or others help to get better offers, promotion, and salary hike?

Yes, they do. In fact, this is the most tried and tested way of getting to a higher salary in quick time. I have seen this in my career that if you get certified while working in a company, of course with a respected percentage, you are more likely to get a better raise and promotion than your peers. Yes, this can't be just certification, but we are considering the fact that you are also performing well in your job as your peers. Since Java certified professional tends to perform better in Java interviews, they almost always have multiple offers to choose from, and this gives them the confidence to demand a better salary in next interview. Remember, more than anything it's confidence that help when asking for a salary which is above market standard, of course, that must be backed by your solid resume, and great interview as well. In short, Java certifications helps at both places.




Should I go for Oracle Java Certifications like OCAJP and OCPJP for Java SE 7?

Well, my default answer is always Yes for certifications, at least they help you to learn a lot about Java language in the very short span of time. If you are experienced or senior Java developer, already having solid experience in a particular domain e.g. FIX based electronic trading of Front office Investment banking, then it's just a personal choice. Java certifications help immensely during the start of the career, and it is a must for those who are not from the very good institution and doesn't have a top class degree. For those IT professionals, Java certifications can be a great tool to get a Job and progress further. So yes, if you are graduating from college and has just started your career as Java developer, it's a wise decision to get certified and learn subtle details of Java programming language. 

Another question, which I have kept receiving in my inbox is whether you need to pass OCAJP 7 before taking OCPJP 7 ( Java Certification for SE 7) or not, I have already answered them on that blog post. Do check if you have the same doubt.





Resources and Study Material to Prepare for Java Certifications

Many of my readers requested to share study materials and resources to prepare for Java Certifications. I am planning to do it on another blog post, but here are some of the essential resources you need to score well in SCJP

1) Buy a good book

You should buy one book which is updated with the latest syllabus of OCA or OCPJP 7, depending upon which exam you are going to take. I have suggested Couple of good books to help with new Oracle Java Certification, on my earlier post 2 Books to Prepare Oracle Java SE 7 exams. It also included books for SCJP 6, but I suggest to go for the latest exam, there is no point upgrading to a Java version for which even Oracle has stopped supporting. I expect a drastic change in Java certification after the release of Java 8 because of the introduction of lambda expression, Streams, Functional interfaces and many more language and API changes. So if you want to get certified soon for whatever reason, this is the right time. 

If you are preparing for Java SE 8 certification then I suggest you take a look at Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808, one of the first books to cover OCAJP8 syllabus, as shown below:




2) Buy an Exam Simulator like Whizlabs

There are lots of free and paid exam simulator available over the internet, but I am a big fan of Whizlabs exam simulators, because of there quality. They explain every question in depth, not only right options but also incorrect options. In my experience, there mock exams are also very close to real OCPJP 7 exam, in terms of patterns, types of questions, syllabus and difficulty level. If you can spend some money then that's worth buying. You will learn every bit of money spent.

Here are some more useful resources to prepare for Java SE 8 certification exam:

1. Syllabus and Complete detail of Java SE 8 Certification
2. Link to Register for Java 8 Exam
3. Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808
4. Recommended Instructor-led Java SE 8 training from Oracle
5. OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-808) (Oracle Press)

That's all on this post about whether Java certifications (SCJP, OCJP, or OCPJP) helps in Job Interviews and career. Do let me know if you have any other question, I will be happy to answer them here, an alternative you can also share your experience as certified Java developer and how it benefited your career. Take away is, Java certifications never do any harm, they always add value in your resume and in your knowledge, but at the same time, you need to invest money and time on them. For freshers and junior Java developers, I highly recommend doing latest Java certification available i.e. OCAJP and OCPJP for Java SE 7.

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59 comments :

Anonymous said...

What about dumps that helps to crack such exam in a single day preparation and every HR/Technical perception is that He would have clear the exam by dumps.I mean these kind of certifications helps you in learning but not in JOB offers.

Anonymous said...

Hi sir , wish u happy new year.. i am big fan your site. daily i read your articles, those are inspiring me alot and helping me to build a confidence....sir if you don't mind suggest me good books for OCJP or else send me any materials regarding OCJP. Thanks in advance :-)

my mail id: sreekanth.gude123@gmail.com

GeekDude said...

Hi Javin, Wish you happy new Year 2014..I wish all your dreams come true...

Muralidhar
http://javabynataraj.blogspot.com

Vanitha said...

Hai what about OOAD ( Object Oriented Analysis and Design ). Whether is it useful for analysis and to get good knowledge in design part for senior people.

Atishay Jain said...

You are doing great, giving valuable information in Java.

Just want to ask, that is it really necessary to do certification in Java. I meant to say if someone has full knowledge of core java or J2EE and he doesn't have enough money to pay for certification paper, then also it is required.

Because I have seen many people are just reading dumps and giving papers.

What do you suggest ? Thanks in advance.

Javin Paul said...

Hi Atishay, Java Certification is Not must, but its recognition in itself and money invested in education is the best spent money. Regarding dumps, I don't recommend that. You can clear SCJP by dumps but not any interview, which will again put your credential in question

Satish Bhukan said...

hii sir
i am preparing for ocjp1.6 from 2 months. i think i have fully prepared.
but still i want to look dumps atleast once before exam
pls can you tell me where i can get latest valid dumps for ocjp1.6

Bharath Kumar S said...

Hi sir am right now working as a tester. can i jump to coding field?? Is this java certification helps me to do so??Please reply

rajamd said...

sir,how to write the ocajp exam.please tell the procedure

mohnish israni said...

Hi sir , wish u happy new year.. i am big fan your site. daily i read your articles, those are inspiring me alot and helping me to build a confidence....sir if you don't mind suggest me good books for OCJP or else send me any materials regarding OCJP. Thanks in advance :-)

my mail id: mohnish.israni@gmail.com

ashi said...

hello sir. pls send some material of ocjp or sugst some books. id: aasthakhare58@gmail.com

ramarajaramanujan said...

I am a Computer Science Engineer in my 3rd year. I have this zeal to do an OCJP and CCNA/CCNP. But a few people are saying that I needn't pursue it as I am doing a B.E. C.S.E. degree hence it would be a waste of time and money. I thought it may help me further boost up my resume and give me an edge over the other thousands of graduates who apply. I am also genuinely interested in Java and Networking. What are your thoughts?

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Pralhad Dasarwad said...

Hi,

I am working in IT MNC company from last 2 years but not on java platform.
But i want to move into java technology . Can you please guide me what should be the best way to get next job on java platform ? I would like to go for java certification...

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appu said...

Hi,
This blog is really informative for Java programmers.
I recently started learning Java language and I want to seriously pursue it. After reading this blog I am convinced that OCJP certifications add value to my knowledge. I request someone to guide me as to which certification is ideal to start with for java beginners like me. Please reply
Thank you

zaid khot said...

i want to do course in core java and advance java can any one help me out ??

Anonymous said...

Sir im doing ocja is it helpfull to get a job

Anonymous said...

Great passage of information. I am a self-employed Java Developer from a country where this sort of career is non-existent! I love the language, taught and sponsored myself from scratch to 4 certifications (OCPJP 6, OCEWCD 6, OCEEJBD 6, OCEJPA 6) scoring an average of 90% in these exams. I have endured frustrations with lack of developer opportunities and for the past 3 years have been channeling efforts towards migrating to countries where can grow and be rewarded for my skills but all i have gotten regrets due to permit issues. Do you have solid advise for folks like me, perhaps which countries have the highest demand for Java developers and sponsor permits for candidates like me?

Anonymous said...

But ocjp is really hard.

Anonymous said...

The article is good, but OCJP is really tough to crack.

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, not really if you have alteast two month to prepare hard. But instead of going bang bang I suggest my readers to go slow, learn and absorb the knowledge, take lots of practice exam and then go for test. Journey is as important as destination :-)

Anonymous said...

I am BE IT fresher.whether ocjp cirtification will be useful for me for my career?

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, If you are interested in programming and Java, OCJP certification can be best thing for you. It will not only help you to learn Java in detail, but also help you to clear Java written test, interviews and increase your opportunity to get a decent job. I suggest, you should go for it sooner than later.

Rupesh Kumar said...

Currently I am working in mainframe but I want to go for Java..shall I go for ocjp..

Javin Paul said...

@Rupesh, Indeed it works best for scenarios like yours. You not only learns Java to clear interviews but also got a recognition that you know Java, which is highly recognized.

thaslima banu said...

I am studying b.tech it 3rd year.Is the scjp exam is useful for freshers?please rply

Javin Paul said...

@thaslima banu, Indeed for fresher a certification is most useful, this will set you apart from other fresher candidates and also prepare you for Java technical written test and interview. If you clear SCJP, your prospect of getting Job improves a lot. All the best

sandeep sharma said...

Hi...i Have no graduation degree..how java certification can help me for getting job...plz guide..

Anonymous said...

Hi Javin, 3 years ago, I cleared my OCJP in java 6 with cent percentage. True that the preparation helped me a lot to gain knowledge. Now I wanna go for the next level of certification.
When I explored the certification in Oracle University, I found these 3 certifications as the next level, I'm not sure.
"Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Business Component Developer",
"Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Services Developer",
"Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Component Developer".
Is this the next level? Also I noticed that all these are based on Java 5. This could be the latest?
And am double minded on which to choose, Web Service Developer or Web Component Developer as I don't know the advantages of these in the job market.

varun said...

Hii Javin...i am a fresh BE E&TC graduate and looking for a job...i want to pursue career in java for which i am joining a class in pune..they offer 4 month full time training and OCAJP certification for java SE 6(1Z0 851) ...but since SE 8 has been already released, will SE6 certification be helpful for job???

Anonymous said...

Sir,I've Completed B.tech in Civil Engineering.I Wanted to shift my career to Java Developer.Does OCJP Certification help In Getting good job with good salary for me.Please reply me sir

vishnu mallipudi said...

sir i have done my b.tech in CSE and i m planning for MS in US in computer science. and i have two months of leisure time. In this free time i want to do java certification (interested in java but not on networking),i m a fresher.So which course suits my interest and that must helpful in getting job after my Master's. waiting for your reply.. thanks in advance

Javin Paul said...

@varun, yes certification in Java SE 6 will surely help you to get the job because most of the company are still running in Java 6. Also there was not much difference in Java 6 and Java 7 when ti comes to language feature and Java 8 even after an year, its still new.

Javin Paul said...

@vishnu, since you have just two months, I suggest you go for any OCA example e.g. Java SE 7 OCA or Java SE 8 OCA 1Z0-808, you can find the exam code for Java SE 7 by searching in my other post. I personally suggest Java 8 one because it's latest and you will learn new style of programming in Java.

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, Yes, getting Java certification will certainly help you to change your career, go for it.

Sujata Mulay said...

Hi,
I am a tester and got 10 years of experience in manual testing and planning to move to automation (Selenium), so please let me know if Java certification would be helpful in my carrier.
Also please let me know which version of Java for certification I should go?

Thanks,
Sujata Mulay

Javin Paul said...

@Sujata, If you are doing testing even with Selenium I don't see Java Certification would be very helpful instead some testing automation certification would be great. From knowledge perspective, if you are keen in Java, then yes you can go ahead with Java certification.

Sujata Mulay said...

Hi Javin,

Thanks for your prompt reply.

I have experienced that there is lot of demand for Java tester so I reckon Java certification would be helpful for Java tester profile, please advise.

Thanks,
Sushila

Anonymous said...

Hello sir, I am an egineering student in 4th year, do you think an ocpj java certification will help me with my placements?

Harsh Singh said...

Hi Javin,

I am working in Automation Testing and want to move in java development.So my question is "Will getting Certified help me to move in development?"

Anonymous said...

Hi Javin,
I love developing mobile and web app but I don't know which certificate is the best for me. Now I am trying to get 1Z0-899. Although I have one year exp in self publishing mobile apps, I have neither company exp nor IT related Degree. All I want to know is if I get 1ZO-899, can I get a job easily in Singapore? I mean: are the companies really impressed by these certificate?

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Sangeetha R said...

Hi Sir.,
I have done M.Tech in CSE.. 2015 passed out. I am looking for a job in IT industry.As a fresher, which exam should I take? OCAJP7 or OCAJP8??

Javin Paul said...

Hello Sangeetha, if you are an M.Tech on CSE than you will get job without any certification, but if you want to go on Java development field, go for OCAJP8, as it's latest and set you apart from other candidates who are not certified in Java 8. All the best!!

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous 12th January, Yes, if you skills and certification to back yourself then you will get job in Singapore or anywhere. Companies look for self made programmers as they offer more values.

Javin Paul said...

@Harsh Singh, Yes getting Java certification particularly OCAJP8 will help you to move from QA to Java development.

Anonymous said...

Sir, I want to inform you that I am a B.Tech CSE Passout. I got selected for TCS ITIS profile. I am good in programming. In my application form, I gave IT(Application ,Development & Maintenance) as the 1st preference and ITIS as the 2nd last preference. But still they gave me ITIS. So, I want to know that if I pass the OCJP exam and show the corresponding certificate to the RMG, will I be able to shift to IT within 1 year?..I am a 2015 batch passout and am 2 months old in TCS.
Also, i would like to know that in case I am unable to switch to IT within TCS and get stuck in ITIS despite the certificate, will the OCJP certificate help me to switch to IT directly in any other organization?..

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, work experience is more important than any certification. Getting OCJP certified is certainly a good idea to push for software development job, and given size of TCS, you will certainly get an opportunity for developer job. Even if you don't get it you have better chance of becoming a Java developer after doing OCAJP certification and showing some relevant experience. It's also a good reason to state that you want to become developer while looking for a job change.
In short, go for OCAJP, you might not get it what you want right now, but you will go somewhere on right track.

Anonymous said...

So sir, are you saying that I should go for OCAJP instead of OCJP?..and also, i would like to know that whether I will be able to shift to IT after the certification?..

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, you can shift to IT eve now because you have computer science degree. Doing Java certification be it OCAJP or OCPJP will only enhance your chances for getting a Java Developer Job.

Anonymous said...

So, what will I do sir..so that I can shift to IT right now..I am a new joinee in TCS...will anyone listen to me?..lease guide me sir..I am not liking the ITIS profile.

Anonymous said...

And 1 more thing, where will I have to give the OCJP/OCAJP Exams?..in any institute?..

Javin Paul said...

@Anonymous, you can still continue your job search within and outside of TCS for job of your liking. Side by Side you can prepare for OCAJP. You can buy voucher online and book your exam on any Prometric center when you are ready for exam. I think NIIT also sell vouchers but exams can only be given on Prometric centers.

Anonymous said...

Sir, i cannot quit tcs right now because if i puit i have to give Rs. 50000 which is not possible now...so how to convince TCS authorities so that i can shift to IT right now?...

APOORV SUKUMAR said...

I have done B.E.(CSE) with 74% in 2015. Now i am in Ammerpet, Hyderabad learning java. I also came to know about scjp/ocjp. But 2-3 people suggested me go for scjp-6 because it is harder and very recognised exam than java 7 and java 8 exams. But at some places on internet I saw people are writing go for latest technology though you will have to give two exams. java6 is only one exam and java8 is 2 exams. I am totally confused
1.which exam should i prepare for? java6 or java8
2.If I prepare java6 exam than can I be sure that it will not loose its importance now as java 8 is in the market? If I did java6 than any problem?? someone please suggest?
Thanks in advance

Dhwani Sondhi said...

Hi,
I am working as in Oracle Apps stream. I want to switch to Java.Is it possible to switch to Java using this certificate?

Ankit Mittal said...

I also have cleared my OCPJp exam just recently and i would recommend that anyone who is going for an OCPJP certification buy Whizlabs subscription. it helps you a lot

Javin Paul said...

@Ankit, indeed Whizlabs Mock exam are best as far as Java Mock Exams are concerned.

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