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Zend PHP Certification

By  Oct 30, 2008

Topics: Certification

My friend Marcus Whitney, who is quite a maverick (ouch--did I just use that word?) in the PHP space, turned me on to Zend certification a number of years ago.

My friend Marcus Whitney, who is quite a maverick (ouch--did I just use that word?) in the PHP space, turned me on to Zend certification a number of years ago.

For those of you who may not (yet) be Web application developers, Hypertext Pre-Processor (PHP) is (according to Wikipedia), "a scripting language, originally designed for producing dynamic web pages. It has evolved to include a command line interface capability and can be used in standalone graphical applications."

Alrighty then. So what is Zend? Well, Zend is an open-source scripting engine that was originally developed by two Israelis named Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski; they run Zend Technologies. Guess what? Zend Technologies sponsors the Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) certification.

ZCE Program Basics

Here's the deal, everyone: in order to become a Zend Certified Engineer, you must pass the following two computer-based exams:

The exam format is interesting inasmuch as you will see both your traditional single-answer multiple-choice items, multiple-answer multiple-choice items, and "fill-in-the-blank"-type items. This latter item type is relatively rare in IT certification exams these days.

In point of fact, the last exam I remember having type type in a response was the Novell NetWare 5 CNA exam.

Exam registration is handled through Pearson VUE; the registration fee for each exam is $160 USD.

The bottom line: if you have taken any more "traditional" certification exam before, you will find nothing unusual about the Zend certification process. Frankly, I must say that when compared to the VMware or Adobe certification programs, the Zend folks got it right. There cert program is elegantly structured and very easy to understand.

Kudos to Mr. Gutmans, Mr. Suraski, and the rest of your team!

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