Preparing for Acquia
Certification
What we will cover
•  About the certification program
•  Five steps of preparation
1. Understand the goals of the exam
2. U...
About us
Prasad Shirgaonkar
Curriculum Developer,
Acquia
@prasadshir
Heather James
Manager, Learning Services,
Acquia 
@le...
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Tracks
Exam details
•  Details acquia.com/certification 
•  Take: Online and in-person at test centers
•  Duration: 60 questions i...
Peter Manijak
https://www.acquia.com/resources/acquia-tv/conference/get-
certified-acquia-certification-program-march-26-2...
STEP 1: UNDERSTAND THE GOAL
Goal: 

Validate a candidate’s ability to…
•  Develop Drupal based solutions
•  Understand the core Drupal architecture
• ...
Who is the certification for?
•  Not for novices (< 6 months experience)
•  6 months + experience in areas outlined in
exam...
STEP 2 - EXAM BLUEPRINT
The exam blueprint
Domain
 % of
Examination
1.0 Fundamental Web Concepts
 10%
2.0 Site Building
 30%
3.0 Front end develop...
What knowledge is needed?
•  Fairly good understanding of all the three core
Drupal domains
–  Site Building 
–  Front end...
STEP 3 - UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF
QUESTIONS ASKED
Nature of questions : Scenario
based
•  Scenario: situation with a use case or a client
requirement
•  Question: about the...
Sample question
You are running a popular local news portal. A mobile app developer in your
area approached you for a perm...
STEP 4 - FIND OUT YOUR STRENGTHS
AND WEAKNESSES
Find out your own strengths and
weaknesses 
•  You might have made a judgement about
where your own skills 
•  Quite natur...
Self-assessment tool
•  Access the sheet here:
•  bit.ly/acquiasat
Self-assessment tool
bit.ly/acquiasat
Rank your skills
•  Scale of 0 to 10 against
each test objective 
•  8+ implies strengths.
•  5 to 7 implies some prep
nee...
STEP 5 - WORK ON YOUR WEAK AREAS
Step 5 : Work on your weak
areas
•  Challenges
–  Find and study documentation and
knowledge resources for the topics
–  F...
Site Building Review
Review several (3-5) Drupal 7 projects
Ask questions: 
•  Why the configurations are the way they are?...
Front end development
Find custom themes developed by your
team over last year
Ask questions:
•  Is the theme implemented ...
Back end development
•  Need an overall understanding of Drupal’s
API, core hooks system and their
applications. 
–  Atten...
Tips
Taking it at an exam center...
•  Arrive 15 minutes before
•  Bring copy of your registration email
•  Photo ID 
•  Resche...
For Online
•  Check the system requirements 
•  Install software 1 day in advance
•  Select a silent room 
•  Keep a bottl...
As you take the exam...
•  Start with questions you know
•  Save harder questions for review
•  Go with your instinct and ...
Resources
Free E-book available soon
http://training.acquia.com/
Any questions?
http://training.acquia.com/
Thank you!
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Preparing for Acquia Certification

  1. 1. Preparing for Acquia Certification
  2. 2. What we will cover •  About the certification program •  Five steps of preparation 1. Understand the goals of the exam 2. Understand the exam blueprint 3. Understand the nature of questions asked 4. Find out your own strengths and weaknesses 5. Work on your weak areas •  Tips on taking the exam •  Resources available
  3. 3. About us Prasad Shirgaonkar Curriculum Developer, Acquia @prasadshir Heather James Manager, Learning Services, Acquia @learningdrupal
  4. 4. ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  5. 5. Tracks
  6. 6. Exam details •  Details acquia.com/certification •  Take: Online and in-person at test centers •  Duration: 60 questions in 90 mins •  Cost: $250
  7. 7. Peter Manijak https://www.acquia.com/resources/acquia-tv/conference/get- certified-acquia-certification-program-march-26-2014 Certification introduction with Peter Manijak, Global Lead for Certification
  8. 8. STEP 1: UNDERSTAND THE GOAL
  9. 9. Goal: 
 Validate a candidate’s ability to… •  Develop Drupal based solutions •  Understand the core Drupal architecture •  Drupal front and back end development •  Customize and extend existing modules and themes acquia.com/blog/how-to-build-a-drupal-team
  10. 10. Who is the certification for? •  Not for novices (< 6 months experience) •  6 months + experience in areas outlined in exam objectives
  11. 11. STEP 2 - EXAM BLUEPRINT
  12. 12. The exam blueprint Domain % of Examination 1.0 Fundamental Web Concepts 10% 2.0 Site Building 30% 3.0 Front end development (theming) 27% 4.0 Back end development (coding) 33% https://www.acquia.com/products-services/drupal-training/certified-developer- exam-blueprint
  13. 13. What knowledge is needed? •  Fairly good understanding of all the three core Drupal domains –  Site Building –  Front end development –  Back end development
  14. 14. STEP 3 - UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF QUESTIONS ASKED
  15. 15. Nature of questions : Scenario based •  Scenario: situation with a use case or a client requirement •  Question: about the scenario or the problem •  Options: four or more choices with possible resolutions
  16. 16. Sample question You are running a popular local news portal. A mobile app developer in your area approached you for a permission to syndicate your content on their mobile app. They are requesting the content be made available as a feed rather than in HTML format. How can you provide list of latest articles in RSS format? 1.  Create a view with a Feed display filtering only the Articles content type 2.  Create a view with a Page display filtering only the Articles content type and under filter options enable the RSS filter 3.  Create a view with a Page display filtering only the Articles content type and under Style output options select RSS Feed instead of Unformatted List 4.  Create a view with a Page display filtering only the Articles content type, modifying the .tpl.php file for the view and render the output in RSS format
  17. 17. STEP 4 - FIND OUT YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
  18. 18. Find out your own strengths and weaknesses •  You might have made a judgement about where your own skills •  Quite natural for a person to be more experienced in one of the domains than others •  Quite likely that a person has hands-on experience on certain topics
  19. 19. Self-assessment tool •  Access the sheet here: •  bit.ly/acquiasat
  20. 20. Self-assessment tool bit.ly/acquiasat
  21. 21. Rank your skills •  Scale of 0 to 10 against each test objective •  8+ implies strengths. •  5 to 7 implies some prep needed. •  Less than 5 a lot of prep, or guided instructions required.
  22. 22. STEP 5 - WORK ON YOUR WEAK AREAS
  23. 23. Step 5 : Work on your weak areas •  Challenges –  Find and study documentation and knowledge resources for the topics –  Find enough number of practical case studies covering the topics.
  24. 24. Site Building Review Review several (3-5) Drupal 7 projects Ask questions: •  Why the configurations are the way they are? •  What can be changed or improved? •  What are the issues or support requests raised by the client? •  What changes were made to initial configurations and why?
  25. 25. Front end development Find custom themes developed by your team over last year Ask questions: •  Is the theme implemented exactly as per the designs? If not, what changes were needed and why? •  Are theme regions optimum? Is there any redundancy? •  Are there any theme settings? •  How are CSS and JS files called in the theme? •  Are there any preprocess functions used? Why?
  26. 26. Back end development •  Need an overall understanding of Drupal’s API, core hooks system and their applications. –  Attend a module development course –  Build a small module on your own –  Try the Examples Module https://drupal.org/project/examples
  27. 27. Tips
  28. 28. Taking it at an exam center... •  Arrive 15 minutes before •  Bring copy of your registration email •  Photo ID •  Reschedule? 24 hours prior
  29. 29. For Online •  Check the system requirements •  Install software 1 day in advance •  Select a silent room •  Keep a bottle of water handy. •  Switch off your mobile •  Don’t use 2 monitors,
  30. 30. As you take the exam... •  Start with questions you know •  Save harder questions for review •  Go with your instinct and first response •  There are no trick questions •  DON’T overthink!
  31. 31. Resources
  32. 32. Free E-book available soon
  33. 33. http://training.acquia.com/
  34. 34. Any questions?
  35. 35. http://training.acquia.com/
  36. 36. Thank you!

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