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Exam name: Acquia Certified Front End Specialist – Drupal 7
Exam Duration: 90 minutes
Exam Price: $300
Exam length: 60 questions
Pass/Fail mark: 68%
(subject to change)
Introduction

The Acquia Certified Front End Specialist exam is intended for Acquia customers, partners, and employees who perform a Front end Developer role. This exam validates a candidate’s ability to:

  • Design, develop and deploy Drupal 7 based solutions focusing on the front end.
  • Understand core Drupal architecture best practices for site building and theme development.
  • Develop and maintain applications using Drupal front end development.
  • Develop, customize, and implement new Drupal themes.
  • Customize and extend existing modules.
  • Build and customize displays using Views module.

The basic knowledge and skills required at this level should include all of the following areas and objective components below.

Drupal
  • Experience developing Drupal websites and web applications.
  • Set-up and configure Drupal sites
  • Develop and customize Drupal themes and sub-themes.
  • Customize and extend existing modules.
  • Experience with the Views, Devel, and Drupal core modules.
  • Drupal security and performance.
Web and IT Knowledge
  • Javascript and jQuery
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • HTML5
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Security and performance
  • Version control systems

These training courses or other equivalent methodologies will assist in exam preparation:

Note: This exam blueprint includes topics /domains and test objectives to help guide the test taker. They should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all of the content of this examination.

The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented. (subject to change)

Domain % of Examination
1.0 Fundamental Web Concepts 18%
2.0 Theming Concepts 18%
3.0 Sub-theming Concepts 9%
4.0 Templates 13%
5.0 Template Functions 13%
6.0 Layout Configuration 13%
7.0 Performance 9%
8.0 Security 7%
TOTAL 100%
Test Format:

Test item formats used in this examination are:

  • Multiple-choice: Examinee selects one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.
  • Multiple-response: Examinee selects more than one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.
Content

Domain 1.0: Fundamental Web Development Concepts

1.1. Demonstrate knowledge of HTML and CSS
1.2. Identify PHP programing concepts
1.3. Identify JavaScript and jQuery programing concepts

Domain 2.0: Theming Concepts

2.1 Demonstrate ability to define and use custom regions in a theme
2.2 Demonstrate ability to work with Theme Settings
2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of working with Stylesheets
2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of working with Javascript in a theme

Domain 3.0: Sub-theming Concepts

3.1 Demonstrate ability to build a sub-theme from a base theme
3.2 Demonstrate ability to work with templates and pre-process functions in a sub-theme

Domain 4.0: Templates

4.1 Demonstrate ability to build and customize core templates for managing markup
4.2 Demonstrate ability to work with template suggestions

Domain 5.0: Template Functions

5.1 Demonstrate ability to use theme() functions for overriding custom output
5.2 Demonstrate ability to write template pre-process functions for overriding custom output

Domain 6.0: Layout Configuration

6.1 Demonstrate ability to configure field display and view modes for content types
6.2 Demonstrate ability to create and configure Blocks for building layouts
6.3 Demonstrate ability to create and configure Views for building content list pages, blocks and feeds

Domain 7.0: Performance

7.1 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve site performance issues arising from site configuration
7.2 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve security issues arising from site custom code

Domain 8.0: Security

8.1 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve security issues arising from site configuration
8.2 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve security issues arising from site custom theme