What Are Popular Java Certification Programs?

Java is a computer programming language used in application and enterprise developments. Earning Java certification can help developers secure a job, promotion or pay increase as well as demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the technology. Read on to learn about popular Java certifications. Schools offering Computer Programming degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Popular Java Certifications

Java is a programming language that was developed at Sun Microsystems in 1995. Sun Microsystems offered many industry-recognized certifications in Java, such as the Sun Certified Java Professional. When Sun Microsystems was was purchased by Oracle in 2010, Oracle migrated the Sun certifications into their own certification offerings. The company offered 17 certifications in Java as of May 2014.

Oracle's Java certifications are offered in three categories: Java SE, Java EE and Java ME. To earn these certifications, individuals must pass an exam. Some exams are offered online, while others must be taken at an approved testing site. The company offers online exam preparation courses, training seminars and practice exams. Many schools and testing centers also offer training programs in Java. Read on for information pertaining to popular Java certification programs.

Java SE Certifications

These certifications focus on the Java Platform, Standard Edition (SE) software and are available in three levels (associate, professional and master) and for different versions of the software. Individuals must earn associate certification before moving on to the professional and master levels. SE certification indicates proficiency in programming fundamentals as well as in developing, defining and implementing code using the Java platform. Current certification offerings include:

  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/SE 6
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 5 Programmer
  • Oracle Certified Master, Java SE 6 Developer

Java EE Certifications

The EE certifications are designed to demonstrate an individual's knowledge of Java's Enterprise Edition (EE) platform development for business applications. Applicants to the professional-level credentials must have already earned a Java programmer certification. The master's-level architect certifications are considered one of the most sought after credentials, per Oracle, and demonstrate the individual not only has knowledge as a Java developer but that they can also execute Java application development at the organizational level. The certified expert credentials cover a specific technology within Java, as opposed to the more general pathway certifications. EE certifications include:

  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Component Developer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Business Component Developer
  • Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 5 Web Services Developer
  • Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect
  • Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Services Developer
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Component Developer
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Enterprise JavaBeans Developer
  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 JavaServer Faces Developer

Java ME Certification

There is also one certification available for those wishing to prove knowledge of the Java Platform, Micro Edition (ME). The Oracle Certified Professional, Java ME 1 Mobile Application Developer credential is designed for those who use Java to create applications for mobile devices and smartphones. Candidates must have already earned a general programming certification before applying for this credential.

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