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This is the slide deck of the Zend webinar "The Zend Certified Engineer Program. Show off your Expertise!".

The Zend Certified Engineer certification program helps you validate the skills you use every day and take your career to the next level by showcasing your expertise. Watch this webinar to

* learn the topics covered on the exams
* learn the options available for preparing
* see some sample questions

We will cover both, the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification Exam, and the Zend Framework Certification Exam!

You can watch the related webinar at http://bit.ly/mWrygg, after a short registration.

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  • 1. Zend CertificationAugust 23, 2011To watch the related webinar please go to:http://bit.ly/mWrygg © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 2. Introduction • Speaker : Debbie Otterstetter • Responsible for Training and Certification Programs at Zend2 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 3. Agenda • Understanding Zend Certification • Steps to becoming a Zend Certified Engineer • Questions?3 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 4. Understanding Zend Certification © 2009 All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 5. Zend Certification • Zend created the exam to establish a measurable and recognizable standard of excellence in the technical knowledge and practical application of the PHP language • It has become the most recognized and sought after PHP credential for PHP programmers around the world5 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 6. What is certification? • Certification is NOT passing a test • Certification IS recognition of a set of capabilities that the person taking the test has developed • Helps potential employers quickly answer questions about you like: Has this applicant achieved a pre-defined minimum standard of experience to undertake professional quality work?6 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 7. Why become a ZCE? • Join an exclusive community Currently there are ~ 7500 ZCE’s world wide The goal of the Zend Certification program is to allow PHP professionals to show a level of expertise through experience and study • Employers look for qualified developers Advantage over competitors when looking for a new job; or at your annual salary review Global recognition of your PHP skills • Other Bonuses Free copies of Zend Studio & Zend Server Discounts on Zend PHP conferences • ZendCon held Oct. 17-20, 2011 in Santa Clara, CA USA Download the ZCE Logo and add it to your resume Join the Linked In group for ZCE’s7 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc. | |
  • 8. Advisory Boards • Exams are built and structured by a technical advisory board Subject Matter Experts selected from the PHP and Zend Framework communities • The Zend Education Advisory Boards Establish the curriculum criteria necessary to demonstrate expertise in PHP and Zend Framework They came up with the topic areas and subtopics on the exam They create questions you find on the exams8 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 9. PHP - Education Advisory Board • Ilia Alshanetsky • Marcus Boerger • Andi Gutmans • Ivo Jansch • Martin Jansen • Paul M. Jones • Stanislav Malyshev • Jeff Moore • Mike Naberezny • Tobias Schlitt • Damien Seguy • Chris Shiflett • Kevin Schroeder • Zeev Suraski • Marco Tabini • Matthew Weier OPhinney • Christian Wenz9 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 10. Zend Framework - Education Advisory Board • Rob Allen • Nico Edtinger • Darby Felton • Andi Gutmans • Ralph Schindler • Wil Sinclair • Thomas Weidner • Matthew Weier O’Phinney • Jon Whitcraft • Alexander Veremyev http://www.zend.com/en/services/certification/framework/10 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 11. Steps to Becoming a ZCE © 2009 All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc. | |
  • 12. Studying for the exam • What is on the exam? • How to get help studying12 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 13. PHP 5.3 Exam • 70 questions, 90 minutes • Varying degrees of difficulty • Based on 5.3 • Covers 10 topic areas PHP 4/5 Differences has been eliminated Some topics have been combined Responsible for all content that was a part of the PHP 5 exam (unless the PHP feature has been eliminated or deprecated) New PHP 5.3 features, such as namespaces, have been incorporated within the ten areas13 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 14. Exam Topics • PHP Basics • Data Types and Formats • Strings and Patterns • Arrays • Input/Output • Functions • OOP • Databases • Security • Web Features14 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc. | |
  • 15. Certification Topics - Links • PHP 5.3 Exam • http://www.zend.com/services/certification/php-5- certification/ • Zend Framework Exam • http://www.zend.com/services/certification/framework/15 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 16. Basic Exam Information • The certification is independent of the Operating system and specific database/adapter • A general understanding of related technologies like HTTP or SQL is required • Questions refer to a virtual PHP system with the recommended configuration • register_globals is OFF • magic_quotes_gpc is OFF • Error reporting is set to E_ALL • Errors are displayed (unless otherwise noted)16 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 17. Basic Exam Information, cont. • You do not have to code large portions on the exam There are free text questions which may contain variable names or small snippets of code You do not have to memorize the entire PHP manual You do need to know by memory the most important concepts and elements, for example, the parameter order for an important function You must analyze PHP Code The emphasis is more on analysis than on memorization17 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 18. Types of Questions •Multiple Choice One answer is correct Multiple Answers are correct •Free Text18 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 19. Multiple Choice Sample Question # 119 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 20. Multiple Choice Sample Question # 220 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 21. Free Text Sample Question21 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 22. Study Aides and Resources • Study Guides Free downloadable PDF’s • PHP - http://www.zend.com/topics/Zend-PHP-5.3-Study-Guide-v1-3.pdf • ZF - http://www.zend.com/en/download/173 • Zend Online Test Prep: Certification Training Courses Test Preparation Course – Does not teach Zend Framework or PHP Strategies for answering the exam questions In-depth review of the topic areas covered on the exam Includes sample exams and a final comprehensive exam, in addition to quizzes throughout Includes a testing voucher22 Name of this section | 31-Aug-11 | 22 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 23. Registering for & Taking the Exam • Exams are administered at a Pearson VUE training centers (http://www.pearsonvue.com/zend/) • Register for the exam via phone, internet or at a testing center May differ by country; please check online • Bring two IDs, one must have your photo (and both must have your signature) • You will receive “scratch“ paper or an eraseable board for calculations at the time you take the test You are not permitted to bring any materials into the room with you23 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 24. The Testing Software • You can mark questions for review Be sure to check whether there are any questions marked for review before you submit your test • You can mark questions for comment If there is something you would like the committee to know about a particular question, please use the Comment option to communicate back with Zend • You can easily navigate back to questions you have marked, but not the others, so remember this feature • Submit the exam and get your results24 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 25. After passing Take advantage of your ZCE status • Download the or and put it on your business cards and resume • Take advantage of the e Linked Group that allows you to display the ZCE logo on your listing for better visibility to potential employers • Update your ellow pa listing so employers can verify you are a ZCE • Keep your score report so that employers can also verify your status as a ZCE from Pearson Vue25 Name of this section | 31-Aug-11 | 25 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 26. Have you benefited from the certification? “I had direct benefits. In fact, my salary has doubled since I got the certification. …” -Diego Henrique Oliveira, Brazil “I had direct benefits and my salary was increased by 45%. I was looking to change jobs when I got a good proposition and the fact that I was a ZCE did help to guarantee the new higher salary. …” - Cristiano Diniz da Silva, USA26 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc. |
  • 27. Questions? © 2009 All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 28. Thank you For more information visit: http://www.zend.com/services/certification/ or Email: certification@zend.com28 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.
  • 29. Webinar To watch the webinar please go to: http://www.zend.com/en/webinar/PHP/70170000000bbAO- webinar-the-zend-certified-engineer-program-20110823.flv or http://bit.ly/mWrygg (short registration required)29 © All rights reserved. Zend Technologies, Inc.