Are you considering a sudden shift on your current career? Can you create simple programs using languages such as Java and easily decode them? If your answer to both questions is YES, then probably it is about time to step out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges towards a brighter future ahead of you. Passing a certification exam is your ticket to a high paying job as most IT companies nowadays require applicants to have successfully passed such certification programs, as then will be indicated on your resume. You have a lot of certification programs to choose from and one of these is becoming a Sun Certified Java Professional (SCJP), as mandated by Sun Microsystems.
There are a lot of Java-related exams that you may want to pursue on taking, but first you have to pass Sun Certified Java Professional (SCJP) exam since this is considered as a prerequisite or an entry-level exam. SCJP 5 or SCJP 1.5 is the latest exam version as designated by Sun, which was released in April 2005. This exam is a combination of knowledge-based and performance-based questions, but focusing more on the latter to make room for more critical activities that are most likely to happen in the real world such as writing of codes.
SCJP 1.4 is the previous version of the exam with 61 questions, but it is still available for candidates to take as it is considered easier compared to SCJP 1.5 with 72 questions. SCJP 1.2 with 59 questions, on the other hand, is no longer offered as of this time, though previous exam passers can still retain their certification.