Is it Possible to take Spring Professional v5.0 Certification (VMware EDU-1202) without the Official Training course?

Just until a couple of years ago, It wasn't possible to take Spring Professional certification without a mandatory expensive training course from Pivotal, but from 10th May 2017 onwards, you can take Spring Certification without a training course. Yes, you read it correctly, it's now possible to become Spring certified developer without spending USD 3200 on a mandatory Spring training, like the Core Spring training. For years, Pivotal, company behind Spring framework ensured that a Java developer can only get a Spring Professional certification by first going into a 4-day training run by Pivotal and its partner around the world.

Even though training can be taken in the classroom or online, the high cost of training was the main hindrance for Java developers who were interested in doing Spring certifications. Pivotal defended the cost of Spring certification by providing Spring framework free of charge but still, it was too much for many junior Java developer who was interested in Spring certification to find a Java web development job.

Now that the cost barrier is lifted, it will make it easy for many freshers and less experienced Java developers to become Pivotal certified Spring developers.

Now the cost of Spring certification is reduced from 3200 USD to just 200 USD, which is the cost of the Spring Certification Voucher. This means the price of Spring certification in India also reduced from 50,000 INR to only 10,000 INR. You can purchase the Spring certification voucher directly from the Pivotal website without enrolling in training courses run by SpringPeople in India.

Though, if you have money, and interested in learning Spring better, I recommend to join those Spring training courses, they are still the best way to prepare for Spring certification exams, like Spring Professional Certification Exam, but if the cost is a concern then you can also crack Spring certification by affordable resources, I mean, joining an online course like Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru on Udemy which cost around $10.

The Spring Core Professional v5.0 Exam

Just like Oracle provides several Java certifications, like OCA (Oracle Certified Associate), OCP (Oracle Certified Professional), and OCM (Oracle Certified Master) certifications, Spring also provides different types of Spring certifications.

Like Java certifications, where OCAJP and OCPJP are the first steps for other certification, Spring core certification, also known as Spring Professional Certification, is the first step in the Spring certification world.

Thankfully the cost of Spring Framework certification is the same 200 USD for all exams. Also, the voucher is valid for 90 days, so you should purchase the voucher only when you are entirely ready for exams.

Here is a brief overview of various Spring Professional v5.0 Exam with topics and patterns:

Is it Possible to take Spring Professional v5.0 Certification without training course?

Spring  Core Professional Certification Exam

This is the first certification in the Spring certification path. It tests your knowledge about Spring framework, dependency injection, Spring MVC, Spring JDBC, Spring REST, and other essential topics.

The core Spring training is the best way to prepare for this certification exam, but if you preparing on your own, then you can read Spring in Action book and join Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru course on Udemy. These two are the best and most up-to-date material to prepare for the Spring Professional v5.0 exam.

If you want to score take David Mayer's Spring Mock Exam to prepare for Spring Professional Certification.  The cost of Spring Professional Certification is 200 USD in both the USA, India, and the rest of the world.

Other Useful Books and Resources for Spring Certification

Now that it's possible to take the Spring certification without training, many Java developers will rely on the self-study to pass Spring certification. Hence the choice of a good book and certification guide along with a good exam simulator will become very important to clear Spring certification.

Remember, Spring requires you to score 78% to pass the exam, i.e. you need to answer 38 questions correctly from 50 questions to become a Spring professional developer.

Books and courses for Spring Certifications

That's all about Spring certifications and whether or not you can take Spring certification without training. Since 10th May 2017, it's possible to take Spring certification without training. This is an excellent opportunity to get recognition of your knowledge and skill as well as a good chance for junior developers to boost their Job application by becoming a certified Spring developer.

Spring is one of the best Java frameworks, and many companies use Spring to Developer Core Java and Web application.

There is a massive demand for Spring and Java developer and becoming Java and Spring certification will boost your chances by not only separating you're from millions of non-certified Java and Spring developer but also improving your knowledge by going through this Spring certification exam. Make it a goal in 2020 to pass the Spring certification.

All the best.

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P.S. - The Spring Professional Certification Exam Tutorial Module 01-08 is probably the single most important resource you can purchase to prepare for Spring certification on your own. This course contains answers to all the sample questions given in the official exam guide and highly recommends it to anyone preparing for the Spring Core Professional v5.0 certification.


  1. Could you please let me know how to purchased the Spring Core Exam and from where we can give that exam ?

    1. Hello Anonymous, you can purchase the exam voucher from Pivotal website online, you can find the link in this article. Once you buy the voucher, you can find the center where you want to give exam, you can even give exam online.

  2. Can we know at exam how many right answer we have to select like a Oracle exam ?

    1. You need to score around 76% to pass the Spring certification exam. Since there are total 50 questions, you need to get 38 out of 50 correct to pass.

      See this Spring 5 Exam brief guide for more details on how many questions from each topic will come

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