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Certification: Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer
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1z0-803 exam will retire on 31 December, 2018.

Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer Certification Info

Certification overview

The Certificate of Certified Associate Java 7 Programmer is awarded to those candidates who can show their proficiency in the latest version of Java standard edition at an associate level. This certification is similar to the Oracle Certified associate Java 5-6 but it is intended for the latest version and thus tests the candidates for some of the updated and new functionalities of Java Language for programming. Like its previous version, the Java associate certificate is the key to entry level programming jobs and candidates can also choose to become more versed with the capabilities of Java by choosing an advanced certificate after completing this one.

Who can do this certification

Those enthusiastic programmers who have just started learning Java or any other programming language can choose to get certified in OCA, Java SE 7 certification. This certification is useful for new programmers who are interested in pursuing a career as a programmer of Java and its related technologies. The course content and objects of this certification include the basics of Java programming language and also test the candidates for their knowledge in object oriented programming concepts.

The exam is based on the standard version of Java that is also known as simply Java SE or Java standard edition. This is the most basic step in starting to become an awesome Java programmer and make a bright career.


Getting Certified in Java 7 SE associate exam not only signifies that you are well aware of the basics of Java but it also signifies that you know the new libraries and packages that are included in this latest version 7 of Java. Besides the proficiency in Object oriented programming concepts also helps the candidates to get programming jobs at many of the fortune 500 companies. The recruiters and headhunters are constantly looking for programming talent and you can show them through this certification that you have the skills to excel as a java programmer. The average salary for Java programming jobs is well above $50000 per annum for people certified as Oracle Java Associates.

Associated Exam

In order to acquire the Oracle Certification at level of associate Java 7 SE programmer certification, you need to pass a single exam titled 1z0-803 OCA Java 7 associate exam. On passing this exam, you are awarded the Java 7 SE associate certificate from Oracle.


As this is an entry level associate certification, there aren't any prerequisite certifications or exams that you need to take to appear for this. It is however encouraged that you possess the basic knowledge for programming with the OO concepts and also go through the basics of Java.

Topics covered

The certification exam demands breadth in knowledge of the 8 topics, namely:

  1. Java Basics
  2. Working With Java Data Types
  3. Using Operators and Decision Constructs  
  4. Creating and Using Arrays
  5. Using Loop Constructs
  6. Working with Methods and Encapsulation
  7. Working with Inheritance
  8. Handling Exceptions

It is evident from the above topics of syllabus that Oracle lays a lot of importance of the basic concepts of programming with java in its associate exam. Apart from that, one can also infer that the concepts of object oriented programming like Inheritance, encapsulation etc are also tested based on their applications in java. Thus this certification serves its purpose well which is to make an entry level programmer fully aware of the power of java language.

The exam lasts for 120 minutes and has 70 questions all of which are of multiple choice type. The validation of the exam takes places against the 7th version of Standard edition of Java which is also known as Java SE 7. The criteria for passing marks in this exam is 63% and there are no projects or assignments associated with it that are needed for submitting later.

Validity of the Certification

As with every other Oracle based certification, the candidates can enjoy the validity of their Java associate certificate for their entire lifetime, but the certificate is awarded for a specified version of java standard edition which in this case is Java SE 7. The updates to the version will require the programmers to take the latest exams if they want to get certified for those updated versions.

Expert Review

It is believed that the certificate is among top 5 certifications for a programming job and there are a lot of prospects of making a good career by passing the Java certifications from Oracle. Candidates can choose to further advance their roles by taking the next certification in the Java certification path offered by Oracle.

Joan Bell, ACI Worldwide Inc

Gaoyao, China.


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