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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 candidates earn?

Candidates earn Acquia Certified Developer credential by passing the Acquia Certified Developer certification exam.

Candidates can earn the Acquia Certified Developer - Back end Specialist credential by passing the Acquia Certified Developer - Back end Specialist exam.

Candidates can earn the Acquia Certified Developer - Front end Specialist credential by passing the Acquia Certified Developer - Front end Specialist exam.

Candidates can earn the Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder credential by passing the Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder exam.

To earn the Acquia Certified Grand Master 2015 credential, a participant must pass the following three exams in the 2014-15 time frame.

Acquia Certified Developer

Acquia Certified Developer - Back end Specialist

Acquia Certified Developer - Front Specialist

How do I take an exam?

To register for an exam, please go to www.webassessor.com/acquia/index.html.

Where can you get course information and a list of supporting courses?

There is an Acquia Certified Developer four-day workshop that you can attend or your company may schedule as a private event.
http://training.acquia.com/course/acquia-certified-developer-workshop

For each exam, there is a list of suggested courseware, and the objectives are listed out to help in preparation.

How do I get my credentials?

By passing available exams offered through Kryterion Testing (via on-site or on-line proctored) or Acquia you will automatically be sent via email a certificate and digital badge from Kryterion/Webassessor. You will also be emailed your test results at the same time. These emails are sent to the address you listed in Kryterion/Webassessor User Profile.

We also have the new Registry in place for validation of your credential. It can take 2-3 weeks to be added to the Registry

How do I get certification credit in the Acquia Channel Partner program?

The credentials earned will be shared with the Acquia Channel Partner Program as needed.

What exams are currently available?

There are four exams available today:

The Acquia Certified Developer certification exam, the Acquia Certified Developer - Back end Specialist exam, the Acquia Certified Developer - Front end Specialist exam and the Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder.

What exams are planned for the future?

In 2015, we have launched the Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder. Future exams are to be determined, please look for more information on this website on a periodic basis.

How are the certification exams developed?

The exams are developed in a systematic and psychometrically sound process involving subject matter experts with extensive knowledge and skills in Drupal and Acquia products and services.

Who should become certified?

Anyone working in a Drupal development team performing any one or more of following activities should get certified

  • Drupal site building, configuration and management
  • Drupal module development
  • Drupal theme development
  • Drupal architect
Why become certified?
  • Certification will validate Drupal skills and knowledge.
  • Become more valued to potential Drupal user companies.
  • Advance their career at substantially higher pace with a high-stakes certification exam credential
How much do the certification exams cost?

The Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder exam costs USD 155.

The Acquia Certified Developer certification exam costs USD 250.

The Acquia Certified Developer - Back end Specialist certification exam costs USD 350.

The Acquia Certified Developer - Front end Specialist certification exam costs USD 300.

What is the format of the certification exams?

The exams are proctored and in the form of Multiple Choice/Multiple Answer Questions.

All exams are primarily scenario based.

The exam is available at Kryterion test centers and as an online proctored exam.

Are there any discounts for bulk purchases of exam vouchers?

Yes. 15 exam vouchers minimum are required for initial purchase with a discount. Please contact the Acquia Certification Program Office for more information at certification@acquia.com

Are there any study guides?

There are two study guides for the Acquia Certified Developer exam posted in blogs by Acquia personnel.

Also, to prepare for this exam, check out our eBook: Five Steps to Get Ready for the Acquia Certified Developer Exam

Are there any comments to see from people who have taken the Acquia Certified Developer exam?

Please see testimonials listed on: https://www.acquia.com/customer-success/learning-services/acquia-certifi...

How long are the tests and what scores do you need?

Exam test length and passing scores are determined on a test by test basis.

How do I prepare for the exams?

If you are new to Drupal, you can prepare for the exam by attending Acquia’s training programs as listed in each exam blueprint.

If you are an experienced Drupal developer, you can prepare for the exam by understanding the exam objectives listed out in each of the exam blueprints.

Are there any prerequisites for earning certification credentials?

There are no current prerequisites for any exams. This may change in the future.

What are the recertification rules?

Recertification rules will be visited on an annual basis and posted in this space.

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.

What is the cancellation or rescheduling policy?

A candidate may cancel or reschedule an exam up to 72 hours before the scheduled exam for test scheduled at test center.
A candidate may cancel or reschedule an exam up to 24 hours before the scheduled exam for an on-line proctored exam.

Where do I find the locations to take an exam?

http://www.kryteriononline.com/Locate-Test-Center

What does on-line proctoring mean and is there anything special that needs to be done?
  • You will proctored or supervised during the test taking. If there is any activity outside of normal test taking activity, a proctor will pop in on your screen to make sure everything is in order. If something does occur outside of the norm, your test could be halted.
  • You will need to schedule your test at least 24 hours in advance. You will need to download the Sentinel software to enable the testing environment and you will go through a set up procedure.
  • We recommend finding a quiet place to take the exam. Do not use a second monitor and do not use Chrome as a browser. For a browser, use IE, Firefox or Safari. You can also use Windows 7 with a virtual machine.

NOTE: A web camera is required for an online proctored exam. An external web camera is highly recommended but not required. An internal webcam is acceptable.

What do I do if I run into any problems with the test set up or registration?

There is a support number listed on the web site plus there is a Live Chat support person as well.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you experience technical difficulties during set-up, launch, or within your Assessment, please contact KRYTERION Technical Support at 1-877-313-2008 or 1-602-659-4679.

How can I take off the software used for the test?

The Sentinel software used for testing can be removed via the Add/Remove program in your control panel. Again, there is support from Kryterion if you run into any issues.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you experience technical difficulties during set-up, launch, or within your Assessment, please contact KRYTERION Technical Support at 1-877-313-2008 or 1-602-659-4679.

Are the exams closed book?

Yes, all the certifications exams are closed book. However, we strive to include information in the questions that you would normally just look up in the course of your work. We strive to avoid asking for memorization of material.

What is available for sight impaired testing?

Please send email to certification@acquia.com to make further inquiries and arrangements.

What is available for Linux users to take exams?

There are over 750 test facilities that anyone can register and take exams at. Also, the Acquia Certification Program will run test centers at major events like DrupalCon. Please continue to check the certification home page for the latest news on where a special test center will be offered.

Where can you get course information and a list of supporting courses?

There is a new four-day workshop that you can attend or your company mayscheduling as a private event.
http://training.acquia.com/course/acquia-certified-developer-workshop