I recently passed my Magento certified developer exam after studying for it on and off for the best part of a year. I’ve done other developer certification programs like Zend certified PHP5 engineer in the past but I found this one of the most challenging. Having just looked through the Magento certified developer directory I believe I’m the first in Birmingham to have passed this exam!
I was the first developer at Develo Design to study for and take this exam, Paul will be up next, I’ll try and help him prepare but It’s the kind of exam where you really need to just get stuck in, there’s no magic study guide to prepare you correctly, I’d say just make sure you cover all the material thourghly, then go through it again, then once more for good measure, you’ll know you’re ready as you begin to dream about base EAV resource setup classes.
Even though I’ve been developing Magento sites for a little under 3 years, the level of knowledge required to pass their certification programmes go beyond what you learn in practical development. In some areas it definetly felt like it required you to remember information that wouldn’t help in the development of a site or extension but over all it definitely improved my knowledge and there were a few light bulb moments leaving me saying “aahhh so that’s what makes Magento do that”.
I used a variety of information to help study for the exam. I’d say the following were particularly useful.
- Xdebug extension for PHP and walking through some of Magento’s code flow and function calls.
- Fundamentals of Magento course (no longer free) & official study guide
- Alan Storm in-depth articles
- Community created Magento Study guide
- Belvg Certification blog posts