This week I watched a webinar “Excellerate your career with Zend Certifications” about Zend Certification. The certification allows to get direct benefits to those who develop web sites with PHP/Zend Framework. Once you have certified, you are able to greatly increase your salary and get a competitive advantage when looking for a new job.
The testing is administered by Pearson VUE centers worldwide. You have 70 questions and 90 minutes to answer them. The goal of the test is to ensure you know the minimum required basics in PHP or Zend Framework. You don’t need to memorize all the PHP documentation (or Zend Framework reference guide), instead, you need to know how code works and what output to expect for certain input.
Once you submit the answers, you immedieatelly get the results (either you passed the test, or not). As you pass the test, you become a Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE). This title is given for life, and you don’t need to renew it. With the ZCE title, you also get some nice things, such as a “perpetual” copy of Zend Studio IDE, an ability to use the “Zend Certified Engineer” logo in your CV or resume and a ZCE sticker to put on your laptop 🙂