The Story Of An Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder

Acquia Certified Drupal

The Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder is a credential intended for professionals who build Drupal sites using core and contributed modules. This exam is designed to validate skills and knowledge of a Drupal Site Builder. This focuses on knowledge of Drupal 7 and topic areas including Drupal features, Content and User Management, Content Modeling, Site Display, Community and Contributed Projects, Module and Theme Management, Security and Performance. It provides the means to validate skills and knowledge of a Drupal Developer. Acquia certificate programs are among the most desired skills to have and have earned respect from the developer community and IT professionals.

Dries has mentioned in one his blog posts that,

“A good certification is not just a rubber stamp, but a way for people to evaluate their own abilities, and make plans for improving their knowledge. In some countries, certification is really important to create a career path (something I learned when visiting India)”

I recently appeared for the exam of “Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder”. Exams are always exciting. The learning, the application and the feeling of finally having completed it successfully is extremely satisfying. I would like to take this opportunity to share my experience with you. I came to know about this certification program from here and through a blog post by Angela “Webchick” Byron, who I follow closely.

About the Exam

There’s as such no preparation required for this exam, if you are a good developer with an experience of about a year or so, you can successfully complete and pass the exam. Exam mandates to score at least 68% to be able to pass and receive badge & certificate. It comprises of 50 questions spread across 7 different sections and duration is of 75 minutes. Questions are of two types, either select 1 correct answer from the 4 options or select all correct answers from the 4 options. They are based on real-life scenarios which test your problem-solving skills and not what you memorize via reading.

To take the exam you are either required to install a software on your machine called "Sentinel" or you can appear at one of the centers which have partnered with Acquia to conduct tests. Registration for the test is quite simple, to register please visit here.

Why is it important?

Many agencies, consultants and Drupal shops use the Acquia Certification Program in their hiring processes, as well as in team development and building. It gives a path to skills and knowledge growth for individuals, and at the same time identifies the gaps that need filling, both for a project team and for an individual.

It gives you visibility & credibility and allows you to carve a niche for yourself in Drupal community and partners. Besides this, you get a shiny badge and a certificate (That never hurts!)

Some last minute tips

  • Don’t rush into scheduling the exam, select a date which is most preferable to you.
  • Go through Drupal core and most popular contributed modules.
  • Keep it as simple as possible, don’t overthink while answering.
  • Read questions carefully.
  • If you are using test centers, make sure you reach there in time and carry required identity proofs with you.

I am thankful to my teammates who have always been very encouraging and motivating, the constant support has been very helpful to me. I would also like to express my gratitude towards my mentor, Saurabh Dhariwal without his guidance this wouldn’t have been possible.