A Partner's Perspective on Certification: Part 3
by Yashar Rassoulli
Having worked with Drupal now in almost every capacity; as a developer, recruiter, and an executive in a company selling Drupal services I find that the Acquia Certified Developer program helps everyone involved in the Drupal project life-cycle.
As a builder (developer, designer, site builder) you get to validate your knowledge in an industry that’s typically lacked benchmarks and higher levels of education. The certification is difficult enough that it’s meaningful but not onerous to the extent that it lacks practicality and convenience. If you’ve been building Drupal sites with diverse sets of functionality but haven’t been around enough to build your credibility in the Drupal community, the certification is a great way to level the playing field and demonstrate your competence to prospective employers and clients. Erin from our team recently shared her experience on the certification as a developer from both those perspectives.
As I spoke about in my last blog post, I’ve spent countless hours reviewing Drupal community member profiles and credentials. Drupal’s versatility and ability to empower organizations of all shapes and sizes has always made it difficult to distinguish between those who’ve built small from large-scale sites. The considerations for working on a site solo with minimal modules and traffic to one with multiple teams and requirements for lots of modules and performance vary drastically. It becomes much more important to carry-through the fundamentals of Drupal to allow it to scale more readily in the latter situation. The certification program has allowed us to offload the Drupal knowledge requirements for our roles and establish a baseline level of competence for working with Drupal at Myplanet. We hope to eventually make Acquia Certification a key part of the recruiting requirements which we know will accelerate and streamline our recruiting process.
Not only has certification allowed us to establish a baseline level of competence internally but it has meant we can vouch for our team with third party validation when selling Drupal services. Unfortunately it’s a common scenario for us to be inheriting broken Drupal sites when working with our clients. We’re often brought in to refactor these sites and restore their confidence in Drupal being a platform that can perform at an enterprise scale. The skills and competency we deploy are built directly on top of the fundamentals the Acquia Certification program tests for. We can stand behind our team being ready to help knowing that their skills have been benchmarked against the industry.
Whether you’re a freelancer, building a Drupal team at your company, or hiring Drupal services, seeking Acquia Drupal Certification as part of your project life-cycle will instill confidence from industry recognized best practices. We look forward to working with more Acquia Drupal Certified Developers and pushing the quality of work in the community forward.