SAP is one of the most advanced computerised business systems in the world. Many IT professionals have built life-long careers around this complex application and are considered to be top experts in the industry. So it was a welcome validation that one school leaver’s father, himself a SAP programmer, advised his son to attend GetCertified’s Java development course.
Java is a programming language favoured by corporations due to its robust security, technical detail, and ability to easily process large amounts of data. It is also used extensively to write Android apps and, of course, SAP programs.
The student hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps and approached him for advice on how to get started. While researching available study avenues, the elder came across GetCertified’s web site and reviewed the details of our Basic and Advanced Java courses. Impressed by the course content, he encouraged his son to enrol.
Although the student’s matric math marks were average, his aptitude test and face-to-face interviews revealed a strong capability to master Java, and he was accepted on this basis.
The student himself had no previous programming experience, having only recently matriculated. He found the initial course difficult as he grappled with the basics of programming as well as the Java language. However, he commends his lecturer, Arnold Graaff, for helping him gain the insight needed to succeed. “Arnold was always ready to provide me with additional mentoring,” he says. Under that tutelage, by the time the student tackled his practical project in the advanced course, he had a solid understanding of Java and general programming principles.
Graaff’s own qualifications – a BSc in Computer Science with Honours and 30 years in the IT industry – make him the perfect instructor.
After training, all participants register to sit for the internationally recognised Oracle Certified Associate Java exam and Oracle Certified Professional Java exam. The student achieved an outstanding 96% pass at his first sitting. Total time studying was 6 months.
After exams, he was afforded the opportunity to work on a 6 month contract with BMW South Africa as a junior Java developer. Should his work meet their standard, the company will consider offering him a permanent position.
GetCertified partners with Compuways – a top IT recruitment company placing tech personnel since 1990 – to find positions for students who successfully complete the course. “Junior Java developers are in demand and we have standing orders for their skills, enabling us to place them very quickly” says Graaff.
Bursaries or study loans are available on request to applicants who passed pure maths in matric, or who perform favourably in GetCertified’s aptitude test and face-to-face interviews.
For course details, visit www.getcertified.co.za.
About GetCertified IT Training
Johannesburg-based GetCertified IT Training was established in 2004 as a subsidiary of Compuways IT Consulting. The company provides targeted, quality IT training to two markets: IT professionals who want to cross-train themselves to improve their career prospects, and individuals wanting to enter the IT job market for the first time. All courses are aligned to recognised international certification syllabi and are designed to achieve a level of practical proficiency required by prospective employers.