|By Dana Nourie, December 2006|
Getting certified by Sun Microsystems, Inc., is a great way to invest in your professional development and to help boost your career potential. IT managers know that the skills verified during the certification process are the same skills that can lead to increased productivity and enhanced staff credibility. In addition, you can tap into new and larger markets with Sun certifications.
Earning a Sun Java technology certification provides a clear demonstration of your technical skills and professional dedication.
Sun offers the following certifications for Java technologies:
Sun's philosophy is that certification is central to the learning process because it provides validation of skill sets for specific job roles. Sun certification also offers a natural progression to support your career goals.
Any IT certification path can be confusing and feel overwhelming, so Sun has tried to simplify the process of figuring out what courses you may need to pursue for your area of certification. Sun has developed the following learning paths and course lists:
Sun also offers the following Sun Java Enterprise System courses:
In addition to reading the free materials on the Java web site, such as articles, tutorials, and newsletters and Tech Tips, you can sign up for a Career Accelerator Package (CAP) to take the guesswork out of preparing for certification. Each CAP package is specific to the type of certification you want, and CAP packages are available in the following learning modes:
Once you have taken training, either instructor-led or web-based, had all your questions answered through eMentoring, taken practice exams and done well, received your voucher, and worked out a programming assignment, then you are ready to take the certification exam.
Certification exams are based on recommended Sun instructor-led classes and 6 to 12 months of actual job-role experience. Sun does not claim that taking courses guarantees that you will pass the certification examinations. However, the courses are an important component in certification preparation.
Exam costs vary depending on the country in which you live. Sun certification exams and programming assignments are available for purchase online in four easy steps:
Exams purchased on the Sun web site may be used only in the United States. If you reside outside the United States, check the web site to inquire about products delivered in another country.
Each exam has approximately 60 questions, and you have 120 minutes to take the exam. After you have taken a certification exam, log in to the Certification Database to do the following:
Instructors from Sun and its authorized partners are the best in the business. Our Instructor Certification Program provides a benchmark to help ensure you're getting training that's up to your high standards.
Sun provides complete learning solutions designed to help your team and organization develop expertise using Java technology APIs. In addition, Sun provides a comprehensive selection of education consulting services that help you develop the right training solution. See Organizations and Teams for more information.