Acquia Certification Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Acquia Certification exams are administered at Kryterion Testing Centers in over 750 locations across the globe. Exams are also available as on-line proctored tests. Register on-line for your exam appointment.

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What is the Acquia Certified Professional Program?

The Acquia Certified Professional program is the first program in the industry providing systematic, objective assessment to validate skills and knowledge of Drupal users and Acquia partners, customers and employees in Drupal and Acquia products, technology and services.

What credentials can I earn from the Program?

Candidates can earn the following credentials by taking the corresponding exam:

  • Acquia Certified Site Builder
  • Acquia Certified Developer
  • Acquia Certified Developer - Front End Specialist
  • Acquia Certified Developer – Back End Specialist
Why become certified?
  • Certification will validate Drupal skills and knowledge
  • Become more valuable to Drupal friendly companies
  • Advance their careers at a higher pace with a high-stakes certification exam credential
How much does each exam cost?
  1. Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder - $155 USD
  2. Acquia Certified Developer - $250 USD
  3. Acquia Certified Developer – Back End Specialist - $350 USD
  4. Acquia Certified Developer – Front End Specialist - $300 USD
What is a Grand Master?

You will be among the best of the best by achieving your Acquia Certified Grand Master Certification. A Grand Master has to have passed the following 3 exams within one (1) year from the date of your first passed exam.

I.e. Certified Developer Exam was successfully passed on September 1, 2015. You would have to successfully pass the Back End Exam and the Front End Exam by September 1, 2016.

  • Acquia Certified Developer
  • Acquia Certified Developer – Front End Specialist
  • Acquia Certified Developer – Back End Specialist
How do I benefit from becoming a Grand Master?
  • Once achieving your Grand Master, you will receive a certificate and a digital badge that you can use at your discretion.
  • Add it to your resume to appeal to potential employers
  • Your name will be added to the exclusive Grand Master Registry posted on
  • Bragging rights for being awesome
How do I take an exam?

To take an exam, please visit: You will need to register before taking an exam.

After registering, there are two ways to take the exam:

  1. Online Proctored
  2. Onsite – find a test center here.

*After passing the exam successfully, you will receive an automatic message sent via email with your score, a certificate and a digital badge.

Important notes for Online Proctored Exam Test Takers:
  1. You will need to schedule your exam at least 24 hours prior to the start of the exam
  2. You will need a webcam – Internal or External webcams are acceptable
  3. Do NOT use two monitors
  4. Find a quiet place to take the exam alone, as you will be monitored and noise / busy surroundings may cause the exam to shut down
  5. Do not use headphones for the duration of the exam
  6. Help or tutoring during an exam is strictly prohibited
  7. Preferred Browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari
How can I study for the exams?

There are a few ways of studying for exams.

What is the re-take Policy?

Unsuccessful candidates may take re-examination any time after 2 weeks of a previous unsuccessful attempt unless they get a waiver from the Acquia Certification Program Office. Each attempt does cost the price of an exam. A candidate may try 3 times. A fourth attempt would need a waiver from the Acquia Certification Program office.

After an unsuccessful attempt after an exam, the test taker will also be sent an automated message with the score.

You have three tries to take an exam. Each attempt at an exam will cost full price to re-take.

What is the cancellation policy?
  • Online Proctored: A candidate may cancel or reschedule their exams up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Onsite Exam: A candidate may cancel or reschedule up to 72 hours before the scheduled exam.

***Candidates who need to cancel their exams after 24 hours for Online, and after 72 hours for Onsite, will NOT be refunded.

What is the rescheduling policy?
  • Candidates, who need to reschedule their exams after the 24 hours for Online, are subject to a rescheduling fee.
  • Candidates, who need to reschedule their ONSITE exams after 72 hours, will NOT be refunded due to test center policies.
  • Candidates have 30 days from their original exam date to reschedule.

You can buy bulk vouchers from Acquia, for the exams. To do so- please contact

**Please note: Vouchers expire after 60 days after date of issue.


Important Note: If you’re currently taking the exam and you’re running into trouble during set-up, launch, or with your exam:

For any other questions or inquiries, contact the Acquia Certification team!
Twitter: @AcquiaCertified