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Free Certification Beta: SCDJWS 5

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It’s here! The long awaited update to Sun’s Java Web Services certification exam.

Get it while it’s hot…

FREE BETA: Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services 5 Certification Exam

Are you a Developer who is responsible for creating web services applications using Java technology components such as those supported by the Glassfish Metro Web service stack and the Java Enterprise Edition 5 platform? If so, this is your opportunity to get involved in the creation of the Java Web Services exam!!!!!

As a beta tester, you officially test the test and will be able to provide Sun with valuable comments and technical feedback about the Java Web Services questions. The Sun beta exam counts towards official SCDJWS 5 Certification!

Beta Dates: October 31st, 2008 thru November 21st, 2008

Registration Exam Start Date: October 29th, 2008 – November 5th, 2008

Passing the exam entitles you to the full status of Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services 5, and you will receive a Sun “certification kit”. A certification kit will have your certificate, Logo Agreement and Letter.

Candidates will have 240 minutes to complete 160 questions, which should allow you time to respond to all questions and provide your valuable comments while taking the exam.

This beta exam is offered Worldwide at any Authorized Prometric Testing Center!

Recommended Prerequisites:

**Prior to attempting this certification, candidates MUST be certified as a Sun Certified Programmer (SCJP), any edition
**Candidates should have at least six to twelve months experience developing Java Web Services


Unlike other SUN Microsystems certification exams, this exam does NOT require a voucher. To register for the “Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services 5″, exam number (311-230)” Beta exam, you may register online at, and follow the prompts. Or, you may register by phone, by calling your regional Prometric registration office, listed at

Asia/Australia 61-2-96405830
Europe 31-320-239-800
Japan 81-0120-107737
Latin America* Contact your local Prometric testing center, listed at
USA/Canada 1-800-795-3926

Please contact for any questions

The detailed exam objectives can be found here.

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Does Certification Help?

I was recently asked by a fellow Ranch Hand (through Private Message) regarding my take on Certifications.


Does Certification Help?


Hi, I have done SCJP, SCWCD and will now give SCBCD and then SCEA. You have done these certifications. Does these help in career? Which country do u reside and what technology u work on. Which technologies do u see as emerging ones in the next 2 to 3 years which will stay long.


I’m from the Philippines and in a way it helped me in my career because whenever we get assigned to a different client, our ‘paper’ credentials are what they are interested in first.

But when you start working in a project, those certifications don’t really matter anymore and what matters more is that you deliver on time and with quality.

I must say that my drive for taking certifications is really to push myself towards a learning objective. Without these certification exams, I think I’ll be learning on a per need basis (I’ll just search the web whenever I encounter a problem). But these exams help me focus on topics which should come in handy in the future (even though some of them I don’t need yet).

For technologies, I think Web Services will be there for quite some time (but it’s unfortunate Sun hasn’t released the new exam for JAX-WS yet). After I finish SCEA Part II and III, I’m thinking of taking exams from other providers such as the Adobe Flex exam and probably some .Net exams.

Anyway, I hope this reply isn’t too long and I hope these are the kind of answers you’re expecting.

In summary, I think certifications help in two areas.

  1. It helps in the candidate screening process
  2. It helps developers have a learning objective

So would I recommend taking certifications?

By all means do take certifications, especially if your company sponsors them.

But remember that at the end of the day, it is your work attitude and contribution that will really matter.

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Get TWO Chances at Getting Sun Certified For the Price of One

Taken directly from Sun’s email:

500,000 Have Done it and You Can Too!


More than 500,000 IT Professionals are now Sun Certified. Are You Next?

With the purchase of any certification exam voucher through June 30, 2008, you will receive a second chance certification voucher to retake the exam, if you need it.

Here’s how to take advantage of this offer:

1. Select the package or certification exam that you are interested in.
2. Use Priority Code WW48CX1 when you place your order.
3. Schedule Your Exam.
4. And if you don’t pass the first time, schedule your retake exam for FREE.

Hurry! Offer Ends June 30, 2008.

More details along with recommended books can be found here.

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SCEA 5 Part I Study Guide Mind Map

As promised, here’s the long overdue Mind Map for SCEA 5 Part I. This file builds on top of the OLD SCEA Part I Study Guide Mind Map. This file contain the references I used for SCEA 5 BETA Part I preparation last year which is just an addition to the resources already mentioned in the OLD SCEA mind map.

SCEA 5 Part I Mind Map Screenshot

You will notice that this mind map is not as elaborate as the first one as we only had a few weeks of preparation for the BETA exam. I still hope you find it useful for your own preparations.

Reminder: Please rename the file to a .mm (Freemind) extension after downloading. Do not use Open Office to view this file.

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Sun Certification Retake Promotion

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To commemorate Sun’s awarding 500,000 certifications, purchase a voucher by June 20 for most Sun certifications – and should you need it, you can take the exam one additional time for free.

Taken from:

For SUN Philippines, however, here are the more detailed guidelines.

Please be informed that Sun is _relaunching the popular Sun Certification Retake Promotion starting April 2008_. Note the voucher code for this program is “DS”. The retake exam is not applicable for any assignment or essay exam. Validity date : 01 April to 30 June 2008

Below are some of the exams which qualify for the Free Retake Promotion. I also added some links to highly recommended books in case you need help with them.

Terms and Conditions

Exam vouchers are only valid in the country in which they are purchased. Each voucher associated with this program is valid for one exam and, if failed, one free retake. You must allow 72 hours after taking your initial exam before scheduling the free retake exam. Please also be aware that per Sun certification guidelines you must wait at least 14 days before you may retake any exam. Certification vouchers may only be used at an Authorized Prometric Testing Center in the country where it was purchased. Please be aware that exam vouchers are non refundable for any reason.

Happy studying!

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Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA) Part I Study Guide

I’ve finally uploaded the SCEA Part I Mind Map I used as study notes for SCEA Part I exam. It includes all the links to books and sites I used as resources to prepare for the exam.

Below is a screenshot of what the mind map should look like after you have installed the necessary software.

SCEA Part I Mind Map Screenshot

The main resources I used for the exam were Sun Certified Enterprise Architecture for J2EE Technology Study Guide (Sun Microsystems Press) and Head First Design Patterns.

Feel free to comment on the contents.

Hope this helps!

Note: WordPress currently does not support .mm filetypes. You will need to rename the file scea-p1-mm.odt to to open the file using Freemind.

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