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Spring Professional Certification (VMware EDU-1202) Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Here is everything a Java developer should know before going for Spring professional certification.

Spring Professional Certification (VMware EDU-1202) Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Hello guys, if you are preparing for spring professional certification but have questions then you have come to the right place. Earlier, I have shared how to prepare for Spring certification and essential Spring certification resources, and today, I am going to answer all the common doubts you have about spring professional certification.

Spring Professional Certification Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Spring certifications like the Vmware Certified Spring Professional Certification Exam

These questions touch many areas e.g. eligibility, cost, how to prepare well, resources, books, mock exams, types of questions, the difficulty of questions, and where you can find Spring certification dumps to get an idea of what is asked in the actual exam.

Most of these questions are the collection of what my readers regularly ask me over email, Facebook chat, and other mediums and should answer many of your questions and doubts, but, if you have a question which is not answered in this list then feel free to drop a comment and I’ll try my best to answer your question.

What is Spring Professional Certification? What does it test?

The Spring Professional certification exam is designed to test and validate your understanding of and familiarity with core aspects of Spring and Spring Boot such as:

  • Configuration, Component-scanning, AOP
  • Data access and Transactions
  • REST, Spring Security
  • Auto-configuration, Actuator, Spring Boot Testing

What is the cost of Spring certification?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about Spring certification. The cost of the Spring certification voucher is 200 USD. The cost is the same for all exams e.g. Spring Professional Certification. See here to learn more about the cost of various spring certifications around the world.

How to prepare for Spring certifications (VMware EDU-1202)?

The best way to prepare for Spring certification is to take Vmware’s core Spring training because most of the questions are from the study material provided by the 4-day course, but that’s not the only way.

You can still pass Spring certification with a good score without training. All you need is a couple of good books, tutorials, and mock exams, and 2 months’ time.

If you are preparing for the Spring Professional exam, you can buy a good study guide like Vmware Certified Professional Spring Developer Exam: A Study Guide and take some free online courses on Spring and Spring MVC framework like Spring Fundamentals and Spring Professional Tutorial course from Pluralsight and Udemy.

best pluralsight course to learn Spring framework

Once you feel comfortable with the Spring and can answer all questions given in the official study guide, you can take a good Spring certification simulator like David Mayer’s Core Spring simulator. If you consistently score 80% on this exam, you are good to go.

What is the cost of Spring Framework training?

The cost of Spring training like Spring Core or Spring Boot is around 3200 USD or equivalent in local currency in the USA, Europe, and other North American countries, but the cost of Spring training in India is just around 50K INR for 4-day classroom training from SpringPeople.

Can you take the Spring framework training online?

Yes, Vmware and its partner like SpringPeople provide both classroom and online training.

Is it possible to take Spring Certification without training?

Earlier, the Spring training provided by Vmware and its partner like SpringPeople in India was mandatory for appearing in Spring Certification but from 10th May 2017 Pivotal has lifted that requirement (see here).

Now, the training is optional, and if you can afford then only you need to enroll. Similar to Java certifications you can directly buy exam vouchers and appear in Spring certification without any training from Vmware or its partners.

Which version of Spring certification should you give?

On Vmware’s website, the Spring professional certification is available for both Spring 5.0 but I suggest you give the latest one. Since Spring 5.0 is also live now, I expect that Spring 5.0 certification will also be added soon, but, if you are in a hurry, better give the Spring v5.0 exam (VMware EDU-1202).

Can you retake the exam after failure?

Yes, you can retake the Spring certification exam after 14 days of the cooling period, but you need to buy a separate exam voucher worth 200 USD. There is no discount on retakes. So, it’s best to try and pass the exam on the first attempt.

What are some good books for Spring framework Certification?

Here are some of the best books to prepare for Spring Professional certification

These books are enough to pass respective Spring certifications, but if you want to prepare in more detail, I also suggest you check some of the free online courses as well e.g. Spring Framework MasterClass and Introduction to Spring MVC from Pluralsight.

Does REST and Web Services are covered in Spring Core Certification?

As per the official Spring Study guide, v5.0 is definitely part of Spring core Certification. Apart from that, you can even expect some questions from Microservices, but the weight of REST is not much, hence 2 to 3 questions is the maximum you can expect.

Why become a Certified Spring Professional?

Well, a Certification gives you recognition and sets you apart from the competition. It will also help you to learn the Spring framework better which will eventually help you in your job and career. Once you complete the certification you will feel more confident in job interviews.

In short, the following is the major benefit of becoming a Vmware Certified Spring framework developer

  • - Industry recognition
  • - Better Job opportunity
  • - Better Salary
  • - Improved Knowledge and Skill

Some companies also encourage their employees to become certified so that they can present good pictures to their clients. Many fortune 500 companies like to see certified developers handling their systems and process.

What are some free Spring Core Professional Certification Mock Questions and PDF?

There are a couple of free Spring mock questions and PDF are available online, some of the most useful ones are below:

  • David Mayers free Spring Certification dump (30 questions)
  • Java & Moie’s Spring Core v5.0 Mock Questions (50 questions)

These sample questions will give you some idea of what to expect in the real Spring certification exam, but, the general rule is that Spring certification focus on concept rather than how-to and remembering class and interface names.

What are some good mock exams for Spring Certifications?

At the moment there are not many good mock exams available for Spring Certification but the one which stands out is David Mayer’s Spring Web Simulator. It has been updated for Spring v5.0 contains more than 300 questions on different exam topics e.g. Container, testing, Spring MVC, Spring Security, etc.

best spring certification exam simulator

You can also access the simulator online from anywhere. It also provides a free PDF with a sample question, which you can use to assess the quality of the question before buying the full simulator. I have also created the Spring Practice Exam on Udemy which contains 250+ questions with explanations you can check that as well for your final preparation.

That’s all about some of the frequently asked questions about Spring framework certifications (VMware EDU-1202. Now that there is no mandatory training requirement, it’s a very good opportunity for Java and Spring developers to get recognition for their experience in the Spring framework.

Apart from recognition, you will also learn a lot about some advanced features of the Spring framework like Spring with REST and Spring Security, which will also help you during a Job interview and eventually help you to get a better job with a better salary.

Other Spring Certification Resources For Java Developers

Thanks for reading this article, if you find these spring certification questions useful then please share with your friends and colleagues. If you have any other resources which help prepare Spring certification, then feel free to share them with us.

P.S. — If you are an experienced Java developer and using the Spring framework for 3 to 5 years and want to get certified for your skill, I suggest you go through David Mayer’s Online Spring Mock test; If you can score over 80%, then you are ready for the real exam.



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