The Ultimate Guide to Pass Spring Professional Certification v5.0 (VMware EDU-1202) Exam in 2023

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10 min readNov 21, 2020


The Ultimate Guide to Pass Spring Professional Certification v5.0 (VMware EDU-1202) Exam

Hello guys, if you are aiming for Spring certification in 2023 and thinking about how to prepare for spring professional certification then you have come to the right place. Earlier, I have shared the best Spring certification resources, and today, I am going to show step by step guide on how to prepare for Spring certification in 2023.

Ever since Pivotal (now VMware), the company behind the Spring framework made the mandatory Spring training optional (see here), I have received many queries from experienced Java developers who are interested in doing Spring certifications.

This move from Pivotal has suddenly made the Spring certification affordable for many experienced Java and Spring developers who were interested in Spring certification earlier but couldn’t progress further due to expensive mandatory training.

Since many of them are now preparing for Spring certifications like Spring Core 5 or Spring Professional 5 via self-study they are increasingly looking for good resources to prepare for the exam. I have received a lot of questions on preparation, books, mock exams, exam structure, passing marks, and useful resources.

In this article, I have tried to outline some of my tried and tested strategies for clearing the Spring Professional 5 certification in this post. To be honest, preparing for Spring certifications like Spring Core are not very different from taking Java certifications like OCAJP and OCPJP.

Similar to Oracle certifications, Spring certifications are also multiple-choice questions where you need to answer 76% of questions correctly to pass the exam i.e. 38 questions out of 50.

Yes, the passing percentage is higher than Oracle Java certification but the format is similar, hence you can use the same strategy to prepare for Spring certifications like reading a good book, practicing a lot of mock exams, attending training, preparing your own notes, and participating in web and forums to keep your knowledge up-to-date and revise them often.

The latest Spring framework certification in Spring Core Professional v5.0. It is based upon the latest Spring framework version 5. If you are thinking about Spring certification, I suggest you go for this one because it will provide you a competitive edge over other developers and also help you to learn and master Spring 5 concepts like Reactive Programming.

How to Prepare for Spring Professional 5 Certification (VMware EDU-1202) in 2023

Though, all the tips I have shared to crack Java certifications are equally useful to pass Spring certification as well, Here are my 6 essential tips to prepare for Spring certifications like Spring Professional Certification Exam v 5.0 (VMware EDU-1202)

The only thing which is different from all three exams is the syllabus.

If you have decent work experience in the Spring framework like 2 to 3 years working on Spring MVC or developing RESTful Web Application using Spring and Spring Security then preparing for the exam will not take much time.

You just need to go through all exam topics once and a good study guide will help you there. Since you are already familiar with essential annotations, concepts, and workflow, most of the time you will just fill the gaps in your knowledge rather than learning something new.

1. Join a Good Course

If you can afford then there is no better way to prepare for Spring certification than attend the classroom training. Even though Vmware makes the mandatory training optional now, it is still recommended and the best resource to prepare for Spring certifications like Spring Professional Certification and others.

When it comes to preparing for Spring Core Professional v5.0 Certification, there are not many online courses and classroom training available as people are still working on older Spring versions.

Since you need to know Spring 5 concepts for this certification, it’s better to start with a Spring course that focuses on Spring 5 like Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru. This is not just great to learn Spring in general but also get the rock-solid foundation for your certification.

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Vmware also provides dedicated 4-day training classes for each certification like Spring Core, Spring Web, and Spring Enterprise. It provides both classroom and online training all over the world with its training partners like SpringPeople provides training in India.

The cost of Spring certification training is around 50,000 INR in India and around 3200 USD or equivalent in the rest of the world e.g. USA and Europe.

If you are working in the IT sector and your company is provided subsidy or reimbursing the cost of Spring certification both training and voucher then you should attend a Spring framework training.

The training will not only help you to prepare for Spring certification but also improve your knowledge and understanding of Spring features and its more advanced modules like Spring Security and Spring REST.

Another Udemy course that I highly recommend is the Spring Professional Certification Exam Tutorial by Dominik Cebula on Udemy. This course is specially designed for Spring certification and currently. This is a multi-part course, and each part covers one module, there are 8 modules to prepare for Spring certification.

While both of these courses are great, if you already know Spring and running out of time, you may find it a little overwhelming. Similarly, if you are just interested in new features of Spring 5 then the What’s New in Spring 5 course on Pluralsight is also an option.

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By the way, you would need a Pluralsight membership to join this course which costs around $29 per month or $299 per year (14% discount). I highly recommend this subscription to all programmers as it provides instant access to more than 7000+ online courses to learn any tech skill. Alternatively, you can also use their 10-day-free-pass to watch this course for FREE.

2. Choose a Study Guide and Book

The second important step to prepare for Spring certification is to buy a good book or Certification Study Guide. Unfortunately, there are not many Spring 5 books and study guides available for Spring certifications.

If you are preparing for the Spring Professional certification exam, then you should read Spring in Action book. The 5th edition of this book is still a work in progress and maybe released in a month or so and will cover Spring 5 which is a requirement for Spring professional 5.0 exam.

While it’s not available at this moment, you can still start with the 4th edition of this book covers Spring 4.0, which is a requirement for Spring Professional Exam v4.2 and v4.3 certifications, and then supplement your study with the What’s New in Spring 5 course on Pluralsight to learn new concepts introduced in the book.

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Here are some more good books and study guides for preparing Spring certifications:

The last book is particularly very important for the Spring Integration Specialist exam because the Spring Cloud training is based upon this book and if you cannot attend training then this book gives you most of the detail you need to clear the exam.

3. Choose a Spring 5 Simulator (Practice Tests)

Practicing in a real exam-like scenario is very important to improve the speed and accuracy requirements to pass the Spring certification exams. Since you need to solve 50 questions in 90 minutes and you have to score almost 80% correct answer, both speed and accuracy is very important.

A good exam simulator not only helps you to improve speed and accuracy but also fills the gaps in your knowledge and helps you to find your strong and weak areas.

By practicing and carefully analyzing results you improve your weak areas before appearing for exams. Since the exam voucher cost you 200$ I suggest you spend at least 50$ more on a good book and exam simulator to avoid retaking the exam.

Unfortunately, there are not many Spring 5 exam simulators available at this moment but David Mayer’s Spring Core Professional v5.0 Simulator is both good and not very costly, you can buy it to give your preparation a boost.

It also contains spring certification dumps like spring professional v5.0 dumps and dumps from the previous version.

If you need more questions then you can also check out my Spring Practice Exam on Udemy where I have shared 250+ questions covering every exam topic.

4. Exam Topics

The first and most important step to prepare for Spring certifications is to understand the exam topics or syllabus for your exam. Thankfully, VMware provides free developer guides which not only list the exam topics but also list some important questions which you can use to check your knowledge of exam topics.

There are separate exam guides for separate exams like you cannot use Spring Study Guide for v4.0/4.1 if you are preparing for the Spring Professional V 5.0 Exam or Spring Professional V4.3 Exam.

If you are preparing for the Spring Core v5.0 Exam, here is the exam topics and distribution of questions for your reference:

spring certification topics you must prepare

If you compare this with the topics for Spring Core exam version 4.2 or 4.3:

  • Spring Container
  • Testing with Spring
  • AOP
  • Data Access using Spring
  • Transactions
  • Spring MVC
  • Spring Security
  • Microservices
  • REST
  • Spring Cloud

The Spring Boot is definitely a must prepare topic to do well in the exam, along with Spring Security. The Spring Cloud and Microservices are not included in the exam.

Remember, you will get 90 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions. You must answer 38 questions correctly (78%) in order to pass the Spring certification exam. You can also download the study guide for Spring Professional v 5.0 from the Vmware website.

5. Make your own Notes

I am a big fan of making your own notes even though you are attending the training. It helps in many ways because it actively involves your mind and encourages you to read and explore more about the topic. This active participation improves your knowledge and understanding of exam topics.

It also helps you to organize your knowledge so that you can revise it later close to exam dates. No matter how you are preparing like training, self-study, relying on the job experience, I encourage you to make your own notes as per the syllabus.

6. Participate in forums

There is no better way than participating in forums like StackOverflow and Spring forums to retain the knowledge you have learned. “Use it or Lose it” is the universal truth and applies very well here also.

If you are just reading and not using or applying that knowledge in your work then you will quickly forget about it.

Since work also provides limited exposure to exam topics, it's best to answer questions on the internet like on blogs, forums, and StackOverflow. It also helps you to interact with fellow Java developers preparing for Spring Certifications.

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That’s all about how to prepare for Spring Certifications. Since Spring and Hibernate are very popular Java frameworks and there are a lot of jobs available for Java developers with good Spring and Hibernate knowledge, this is also a good opportunity for many-core Java developers to become Spring Certified Professionals.

Other Spring Certification Resources For Java Developers

Thanks for reading this article, if you find these best Spring certification guides and resources useful then please share them with your friends and colleagues. If you have any other resources which help prepare for 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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