Zend PHP Certification Exam Decision

I’ve decided to take the Zend PHP Certification exam. I haven’t decided when yet. I’ve been programming in PHP for many years and I know that I’m great at it, but I figured a certification emphasizing my expertise couldn’t hurt. As far as I have read, the exam is fairly thorough with it’s material and it will definitely try to throw a number of Gotchas at you. If you haven’t been programming in PHP for at least a few years then you will really want to study up hard.

The whole point of this blog is to share my study notes as I progress through all the material. I do not plan on posting basic information such as how to write a for loop or anything as trivial as that. I will be posting anything that I feel I need to study up on. I’ve already been reading up for a few days and I’ve come across numerous topics that I’ve never even seen before in my day to day operations so I don’t think I’ll have a shortage of material to write about.

From what I’ve googled about zend php certification exam, it seems that a lot of people fail. I’m not sure if that is just because the people that pass don’t really post their success or if the test is really that hard. I’m hoping for the former but I’ll have to wait to find out.

This PHP exam covers PHP 5.3 and can be taken in one of 4700+ Pearson VUE testing centers around the world. Upon completion, I will apparently receive a copy of Zend Studio and a Zend Server Developer license along with being listed among the top PHP developers in the Niagara region which is alright I guess… More importantly, the successful completion of this Zend PHP exam will get me the designation of a Zend Certified Engineer. I’ll probably also get a┬ánice shiny certificate that I can plan to frame and hang on the wall, but realistically put in a drawer and forget about.

Lastly, the exam is only $200 so it’s really not that big of a drain on the finances and if I do end up failing, I’m not out a few thousand dollars like some exams.

One single comment

  1. I once wrote the PHP exams while living in Nigeria and failed. I know I wasn’t prepared, so no surprise there. I however decided to take my time and I think I am ready, not to write the exam but to start preparing towards it. I saw your blog and I am really interested in following your post, hopefully learn and also contribute as well.

    I wish you success!

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