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I hold a Sun SCJP from ten years ago or so. At first it was supposed to be a temporary certification (valid for a few years, I don't remember exactly: all I remember is that I had an expiration date on my certification card) then Sun changed their mind and decided the SCJP was lifetime valid.

Another SCJP programmer told me I could change my cert so I contacted Sun (there was a procedure for that that I don't remember either) and received my new SCJP (without any expiration date).

Now that Oracle bought Sun I was wondering: can I get somehow a Oracle/Sun SCJP paper/card/badge whatever knowing that I do own a SCJP?

If anyone here holding an old SCJP changed it to an Oracle/Sun one (if such a thing exist), I'd be interested to hear what can be done.

(btw I'm new here so I cannot create a new tag: maybe someone with more rep could create a Sun tag?)

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Just a thought - you might be better off with SCJP? With Oracle, a reader of your resume will assume you only passed it recently. That might seem out of sync with your experience. –  NickC Jan 7 '11 at 18:26

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It really shouldn't matter. I have a SCJP, and it was important when I had no experience, and helped me get my first job. Now that you have 10 years experience, no one will care if you update your certification.

In fact, when I have 10 years experience, I'll probably stop mentioning any certifications on my resume.

If anyone is aware of an employer that cares that their programmers are both certified, and that the certifications have not expired, I would be interested to hear about it.

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I don't entirely agree: I just landed a kinda cool job and mentioning my SCJP did help even though I've got more than 10 years of experience (I only passed my SCJP years after I started working). So if "Oracle" was somehow on my resume, it would help a bit :) And anyway, if only just for me I'd like to have the little shiny plastic card mentioning Oracle if it exists :) –  Gugussee Jan 7 '11 at 14:13
Certifications help for advertising/business development. Some sectors are really keen on pieces of paper, and when you go after that business it helps to have as many as you can. I know certifications are personal, but if the company can say "I have X certified employees" it helps. –  Berin Loritsch Jan 7 '11 at 14:31

Stop worrying about this!

Surely you have bigger fish to fry. If not be glad.

(Personally I hate the Oracle logo next to Java!).

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Only candidates who have passed the certification exams from September 1, 2010 forward will receive the Oracle certificate and logo. Any candidates who became certified prior to September 1, 2010 will keep the Sun certificate and logo.

Regards, Brandye Barrington Oracle Certification Program

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