I need to prepare for the Magento Front End Developer Certification and there didn't seem to be a question on this yet. How should one prepare for this certification? Are there some guides and/or test exams that I can go through? Please note that I am looking specifically for Front End Certification material. There just doesn't seem to be any information regarding this exam or a study guide.

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    Here is the link to the course description mentioned in your post - Core Principles of Theming in Magento - magentocommerce.com/training/…
    – user2097
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 20:12
  • i'm preparing myself too. Feel free to contact me so we can help ourselves. thanks
    – apedic
    Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 10:01
  • The correct link to Robert Kent's git book is now this.
    – Kai Köpke
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 12:31

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There is a study guide available in PDF form from Magento's website. The test is multiple choice, and takes about 90 minutes to complete.

You can get the study guide here:

http://www.magentocommerce.com/certification/front-end-developer - click on 'Resources'

Most of the test revolves around XML layouts and theme fallback. Some questions focus on basic CSS principles. Here's the actual breakdown of the distribution of questions:

Design fallback - 7%
XML Layout - 19%
Customization of template files - 16%
Block template system - 11%
Locate files / directory structure - 7%
Javascript creation & Customization - 8%
CSS principles - 9%
Customizing look and feel - 12%
Admin Configuration scope - 6%
Internationalization - 4%

The test as described by Magento:

A Magento frontend engineer:

Creates and customizes Magento themes including: templates, layouts, CSS, Javascript, and other components of the front end of a Magento site images translations

Uses the Admin Panel to: implement design-related system configuration modify the appearance of specific pages (for instance, CMS, categories, and products)

About the Exam

65 multiple-choice questions

90 minutes to complete the exam

Each question on the exam tests a skill that applies to both Community Edition v.1.7 and Enterprise Edition v.1.12.

No hard-copy or online materials may be referenced during the exam

No prerequisites; we recommend taking Core Principles of Theming in Magento course as a first step

Study Guide Available

Source: http://www.magentocommerce.com/certification/front-end-developer

  • FWIW, I have used Magento professionally since 2008 and I am a Certified Developer. I took the FEDC exam without studying on the day it was released and passed.
    – philwinkle
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 0:47
  • I am also a certified developer - I already went through that link and they just sent me a normal study guide. How different are the questions? Commented May 1, 2013 at 0:52
  • Very different. See my answer. The study guide is at the link I just sent you. I tried it now - it did send the correct one.
    – philwinkle
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 0:53
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    Uploading the guide now to this link. You should be able to download it from there. dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11391/FEDC_Study_Guide_v.1.0.pdf
    – philwinkle
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 0:54

Despite the official study guide mentioned by @philwinkle, I would like to add two more resources which can be quite helpful in order to prepare for the Magento Frontend Developer Certification:

  1. Demac Media compiled answers to the questions of the official study guide here.
  2. Robert Kent started a git book full with structured test questions here. I personally had the feeling that his questions are a bit easier than the official ones in the exam, so be warned.

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