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OCP Java SE 17 Developer Exam (1Z0-829): Availability, Remote Proctoring, Validity, Prerequisites?

User_IPAWEJan 25 2022

Sorry for asking this question here, but I'm really not sure where else to ask it. I have already asked Oracle support, but have gotten no reply after over 3 business days.
I have several problems/questions about the Java SE17 Developer Exam (1Z0-829):
Has anyone managed to sit for the Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 17 Developer 1Z0-829 exam? I want to sit for it, but it is listed as 'coming soon'. However, I can click on it and see it listed with a price in my shopping cart. Is it actually available? I'm very confused and concerned about paying for something that is not immediately available.
I would like to take the exam from home because I am worried about getting infected by COVID. In the exam details, in my shopping cart, the details say "Delivery Mode: SPO". Does SPO mean that I can take the exam from home through online proctoring?
If I take the exam from home and pass, will my certificate for the 1Z0-829 exam be the same as the one that I get if I take it at a Pearson Test center?
The voucher is valid for 6 months, but if I pass, will I have to keep renewing my 1Z0-829 certification? I heard that the 1Z0-829 exam certification is valid for life, but I cannot find any official sources confirming this.
Bonus question: Do I need to take any other exam before sitting for it? I haven't seen any requirement that I need to do so, but it never hurts to be certain.
Apologies again for asking here if my action was not appropriate/correct, and any suggestion about the right place to get some help with my issues (other than Oracle support) would be much appreciated. :)

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Added on Jan 25 2022