Becoming a Magento Certified Developer is no easy task, but we’ve collated the best resources online to make the process less painful.
What it entails
First off, it’s worth looking at the official certification site and learning about the costs involved in simply taking the certification exam. At the time of writing, it costs $260.00 (around £161.87).
The certification exam is carried out at one of the 5000+ test centres around the world, with 73 of those in the UK. The exam itself consists of 70 multiple choice questions with 90 minutes to answer. No materials can be taken into the exam; you must face the exam alone.
The questions pull from 10 “sections” (aka “topics”) of Magento, ranging from the rendering of pages, how the database is setup, the ins and outs of the checkout functionality and code, and more.
Obviously Magento does not specify what exact questions will be on the exam, but they do provide the “Magento Study Guide”, a 49 page document outlining what could be tested.
This can be a daunting task for those just staring, but the best place to start is Magestore.com’s FREE e-Book “How to pass Magento Certification Exam in 30 days”. This 247 page e-Book gives a lot of the resources you will need to learn and understand to be able to pass the exam.
Additionally, Andrei Boar, a prominent Magento Developer has written his own guide to some of the first few sections, which can be found here. These are less complete but offer another viewpoint on the topics which can help if you become confused by the subject matter.
BelVG (a Magento extension developer) wrote a series of blog posts that started covering the sections in the Magento study guide. Their blog posts do not cover all of the sections, but again offer further reading for those who wish to learn more.
Furthermore, both Andrei Boar, BelVG, Magestore and others’ information was collated into one Open-Source Knowledge Base. However, our experience is that it is mostly incomplete and only occasionally provides additional information. So it is the probably last place to look for resources on a specific section or topic.
Finally, one last resource is a set of online Flash Cards that were crafted to test those wanting to take the exam. These are a great tool for testing yourself once you’ve completed the training. It’s a great way to identify any gaps in your knowledge before taking the exam.
Here at NuBlue our two senior developers are working towards taking their exam in 2014. And they offer a few final words of wisdom:
“Do not be fooled by the small number of sections that can be tested, these cover virtually every aspect of Magento. The best way to learn is to get hands-on experience working with Magento, and then boosting that knowledge by studying for the exam. It may take a while but it is totally worth it. And good luck to those thinking of taking it :)”.