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I have been considering studying to become a Magento Certified Developer. When I look at the study guide I see a lot of questions which I can answer, however, the problem is I don't really know what they are expecting me to answer.

For example this question:

Describe typical Magento module structure

Would they expect me to answer with the full module structure (how far do I go?), would they expect me to also answer with how the config.xml should look like? Do I include helpers and/or resource collections?

Does anyone know where I could find a more specific guide or can anyone give me any advice?

EDIT

Apparently, the questions are all multiple choice, so this would make things a lot easier. However, I'm still interested in the resources you can find/know about.

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    all question in the test are multiple choice – Fra Jan 23 '13 at 10:30
  • @Francesco So does this mean that the Study Guide only provides questions that you should be able to answer to a certain extend in order to answer a multiple choice? The questions asked by the study guide just doesn't make it seem like a multiple choice test :P – Rick Kuipers Jan 23 '13 at 10:36
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    if you look at the end of the study guide there are example of question, those are multiple choise. at least if they didn't update the study guide – Fra Jan 23 '13 at 10:41
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    @Francesco You're absolutely right, I didn't notice that topic! – Rick Kuipers Jan 23 '13 at 10:42
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All questions are multiple choice. Moreover it's also indicated in a question itself how many answers it has, for example, "What is this class responsible for in Magento" - it means that the right answer will be only one, "Which two of the following you must do to achieve something" - and you should choose two answers.

I would recommend to start with the Fundamentals of Magento Development Video Course. It covers more than half topics from the Study guide. So before each chapter you can watch these videos and then start digging.

Students will leave the course understanding the Magento architecture, MVC and data models, how to work with Magento modules, and how to customize and extend Magento to ensure the best upgrade path for the websites they extend

There is also a Study Group Moderator’s Kit you can get for a nominal fee. There is a set of exercises on different topics with code sample answers. This could help you not only to prepare for the certification, but also enrich your knowledge in general.

Since the Study Group Moderator's Kit isn't available anywhere, Vinai Kopp made an excellent, free resource: Grokking Magento: Book 1 - Magento Basics & Request Flow. This is an in-depth ebook on the study group material.

At BelVG we have a certification dedicated category in our blog. At the moment it covers only the first chapters, but we're working on it.

Magestore also has a lot of articles.

But the real way to prepare for exam is: all questions in certification guide have the following info:

These code references can be used as an entry point to find answers to the questions above

Essentially it's a list of files/classes that need to be examined. There is no magic pill - you need to open all of them and check all main methods and analyze how they work. We spent 2-3 hours after work within 3 months to prepare for exam...

As additional info you can check, as mentioned here, Alan Storm articles, Knowledge Base, Magento Extension Developer’s Guide and Design Guide

Disclaimer: I passed exam in May of 2012, and it was based on Magento CE 1.5, from January of 2013 it's based on Magento CE 1.7 and I think that they should update Certification Guide.

Now, In 2016 it's based on Magento CE 1.9

  • Excellent answer, it's great to read what it takes to prepare well for the exam. I will accept this as answer, but definitely hope more people answer to help others! – Rick Kuipers Jan 23 '13 at 21:28
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    *Small note: the video and curriculum are by Magento :-) – benmarks Jan 24 '13 at 1:46
  • Hi benmarks i think the Fundamentals of Magento development is not free. i just checked on the magento website. – Sarvagya Sep 30 '13 at 7:58
  • FoMD was free sometime in 2013 iirc, currently it's $3,850. And 3 of 4 links in this post are currently broken. New: FoMD, ModKit, Magestore. – Jürgen Thelen Apr 6 '15 at 12:36
  • @Sergei Guk Really helpful answer but in order to take the course does one have to be really good with OOP or PHP OOP? – Nofel Oct 1 '15 at 9:07
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I took the exam at the end of 2012. Unfortunately, I missed the passing mark by two questions. =(

My best advice is to study the areas you feel you would do poorly in. For me, this was EAV and Database (I mostly work front-end, so this is an obvious weakness for me). I did fair enough in most sections, but completely bombed these two sections. Knowing this now, I would have spend more time studying these weak points. Had I spent just a few more hours here, I am sure I would have passed easily.

While the reference materials others have suggested are good, the best reference material I had access to were the Magento U books provided by @Benmarks. While they are not going to flat out tell you the answers (sometimes they do) they give you the information you need to figure it out. They also highlight a number of quirks that many people might overlook (such as app/etc/local.xml being loaded both first and last, which is definitely on the exam).

Study groups also help. If you have others around you that can meet in person several times for a few hours, you will really help each other out. I know I would have done better on the exam had I been able to study with others who do more backend development.

  • Great answer! I'm sorry you didn't pass but this information is golden to anyone going into the exam! Thank you. – Rick Kuipers Jan 23 '13 at 21:26
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http://www.magestudyguide.com/

This link is also very helpfull for study guide, it covers all question which are in study guide pdf, and explain question in brief.

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I have updated about the Certified Developer exam in my blog with resources and useful links.

You can check it out here: http://ka.lpe.sh/category/magento-certification/

Theory will not help you much, what I believe is you need at least 2 years of Magento full-time experience.

Apparently the questions are all multiple choice, so this would make things a lot easier.

Multiple questions does not mean it will ease things, it actually makes it HARD! Magento exam will present you similar-looking options and people fail here. Even you know the correct answer, the MCQ will make it hard for you!

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Go to this page http://www.magentocommerce.com/certification/ Click on Lab and subscribe (it is free)

You will got:

  1. a Document with all exam the topic
  2. 40hr of video material (Foundamental of Magento)

As study reference you can and should use also:

  • Thanks for the information! I don't see a Lab link on that page though... – Rick Kuipers Jan 23 '13 at 10:42
  • yes, it is a kind of hidden. also find the video will not be easy, I remember they are quite hidden too – Fra Jan 23 '13 at 10:48
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    Clicking on the Resources image will do the trick, fill the form and they will email you the guide and links. – Yaroslav Jan 23 '13 at 14:15
  • Does anyone know where i can find the video material provided by magento u i am trying to find it but got no luck and is it paid or free ? Thanks in advance – Sarvagya Sep 30 '13 at 7:44
  • The video material was free, however I have recently received a mail from magento saying that that material will not be available anymore ... – Fra Oct 7 '13 at 12:14
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We have prepared most of the Study Guide Answers to help Magento Developers taking their Certification exam.

http://magentools.com/blog/magento-certification-preparation-study-guide-answers/

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Here is offline tutorial you can download it and read when u wish to appear for examination with question and answer

https://github.com/marcinsdance/magentostudyguide.com/blob/master/form.php

Also you can

http://blog.belvg.com/category/magento-news/developer-certification

For me, way better then the others (I mean the one from the official Magento site)!

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I was lucky enough to get all 4 certifications for Magento 1. In then end, the exam isn't too hard and simply by Googling you will find enough resources to help you out.

One resource that stands out (which didn't seem to be around or as prominent when I was studying) is: http://magento-quiz.magestore.com/

Reading through the guides and doing lots of test quizzes is one part to get yourself prepared, but generally making sure you have a solid understanding of the Magento architecture should never be overlooked.

  • Magestore Magento Quiz is poorly done. The english is not very good and therefore the questions can be misunderstood easily. However, it gives you a good catch on how the questions are. – Max Dec 15 '16 at 21:12
  • How i can do certification in magento 2 ? – Pramod Kharade Nov 18 '17 at 7:07
  • Time management of your website along with the functional upgrading that are available at professional desks of magento: elsner.com/services/magento-development – Elsner Technologies Jul 23 at 6:43

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