when will the java 9 (or 18.9) OCA/OCP cert be available

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when will the java 9 (or 18.9) OCA/OCP cert be available

October 15th, 2017 by Jeanne Boyarsky

At CodeRanch, we frequently encounter the question, “should I take the OCA/OCP 8 certification exam or wait for the Java 9 cert to come out. My answer is to take the Java 8 cert. It could be a long wait for Java “9” certs.

Two months ago, I posted a comment that I’d be shocked if the OCP 9 was out by mid-2018:

  • March 18, 2014 – Java8 released
  • August 31, 2014 – OCA 8 beta opens
  • April 28, 2015 – OCP 8 beta opens

Granted the Java 8 exam had a lot more changes than the Java 9 exam will have. Especially on the OCP. So it shouldn’t take AS LONG for Java 9. But I would be shocked if the OCP 9 was out the middle of next year.

That was before the announcement of a 6 month release cycle for Java with a long term release every three years. The roadmap lists Java 9 and Java 18.3 as being non-long term support releases with the first one coming out in September 2018 with Java 18.9.

I imagine Oracle would update the cert with 18.9. It makes sense to do it after the results of a re-branding. It makes sense to do it when things are more stable. I feel like Java 9 is still “figuring out” Jigsaw and there will be changes by then. I also thing they are going to tie the cert to the long term support releases. It’s a lot of work to update the cert and doing that every 6 months seems like something they won’t undertake.

But no worries. The Java 6 cert still exists so it isn’t like the Java 8 one is getting pulled out from under us!

Disclaimer: I do not work for Oracle nor is this post based on anything Oracle has said. It represents my opinion.

 

 

 

Comments

Comment from Julius
Posted: April 23, 2018 at 6:59 pm

Hello, one question. The Java 10 release means that OCA/OCP Java 9 never be released
thanks

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: May 5, 2018 at 11:13 am

Correct. It is my opinion (as stated in this blog post) that Oracle will update the cert for Java 11 (formerly known as 18.9). Oracle hasn’t stated this, but it makes sense. We do plan to update our books for the next version of the cert that exists.

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