Do Sun/IBM certifications really help?

I recently happened to interview a candidate boasting of SCJP 5.0 (Sun Certified Java Programmer 5.0) and I asked her few basic questions in java regarding String and StringBuffer and she didn’t have a clue about it. She wasnt even aware of the basics in Java, but she said she had a score of 95 , and well I was shocked that shes got a better score than mine 🙂

Same thing happened with a candidate who had newly joined the company (though with 2+ years of experience) ,  and he boasted a SCJP and SCWCD , and still didnt have a clue with writing a JSP.

On the other hand I have been working with these technologies for quite  a few years and when I eventually took these certifications, I felt  confident that I can answer almost anything in any interview. But probably the interview panel who sees my certifications will treat me just like the above mentioned candidates, afterall passing these certifications (which require 70% to pass) doesnt guarantee anything.

It could be very well with the way you prepare for facing these exams, if you solemly try to learn the questions in the dumps by heart, you might end up with nothing but a paper which says you are certified, on the other hand if you thoroughly go through books and specifications it will make you a expert in the area. So its upto you to decide what you really want.

My conclusion is these certifications do help individuals taking  them in gaining valuable knowledge , but it doesnt really help employers to gauge a candidate.

SCWCD 5.0 exam preparation books , Free mockups,dumps and links

Which exam is best SCWCD 4 or SCWCD 5.0 ?

Always go for the latest version and moreover SCWCD 5.0 will better prepare for your technical challenges.

Which books are recommended for SCWCD 5.0 ?

The following are the recommended books for preparation of SCWCD 5.0. These are also the best books one would use for learning medium to advanced Java Servlets,JSP,JSF and more

Second Edition – Head First Servlets & JSP by Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates  |This book is primarily recommended for the exam. You can also use any of the below books also for a complete preparation.

First Edition – Head First Servlets & JSP by Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates

Sun Certified Web Component Developer Study Companion by Charles Lyons 

Sun Certified Web Component Developer Study Guide by David Bridgewater 

SCWCD Exam Guide with Java EE 5 by Kunal Jaggi

The Links of Servlet specifications from Sun Microsystems and community process. SCWCD 5.0 uses Servlet 1.4 specifications only

Free SCWCD Mock exam question papers and dump links. Also find the links for SCWCD 5.0 simulators


  • Free Exam From Head First Servlets & JSP 1st Edition
  • JDiscuss 1.4 and 1.3 both (ones not labeled as 1.4 are 1.3)
  • JavaRanch’s Mock Exam 1.4
  • Eduardo Cobian’s SCWCD Test 1.3
  • Marcus Green Mock Exams Three entire SCWCD 70 questions mock exams. Needs free registration
  • CertChamp SCWCD Exams