Magento Front End Certifications

December 06, 2019
By Nick Bownes,
Front-End Developer

Magento certification is available for a wide range of competencies covering front-end development, back-end development, and overall understanding of what the platform offers. The certification system is a good way to show proof of your knowledge of the platform and also learn some new things you might not have been aware of previously. 

As a front-end developer, I decided to focus on the Front-End and JavaScript certifications. In order to be prepared for my exams, I explored a number of resources and methods to help in my studying. Below I’ll expand on the resources I used to help me prepare as well as some recommendations to help you pass your Magento Certification. 

General Study Tips

Magento has its own certification study guides that you can start out with which outline the areas of the platform that are covered and what percentage of the exam each one represents. They’re a good starting point which will help you to become familiar with the subjects you’ll be asked about in the actual exam. The front-end exam covers ten subjects whereas the JavaScript exam has only five. 

After reviewing the official Magento documents, I recommend referring to the Swiftotter study guides. They cover each of the various certifications offered by Magento and their study guides map directly to the questions posed in the official guides with detailed answers. 

I found it beneficial to make my own set of notes based on their study guide so I could have a list of the key points in each section that I could refer to more quickly if there was something I wanted to remind myself of. These study guides will also direct you to the official development documents when there is too much detail to add to their guide. By creating my own set of notes, it helped me read through the study guides more attentively and add additional notes on what I found from the official development documents. It’s also very useful to refer back to code in your own repositories and review some of the core code.

Front-End Developer Certification

As you’d expect, this certification focuses mainly on theming, from creating a new theme to customization of specific pages. This certification does touch on JavaScript as well, but with far less detail than the JavaScript exam. Customization of templates and JavaScript are the main subjects of this particular exam with some focus on features available from the admin panel.

There is a lot covered here and it’s likely you haven’t used all of the features, but it’s important to get to know them. If you’re experienced with Magento development, the main concepts of theme fallback should be familiar to you. 

JavaScript Developer Certification

This certification goes into far more detail than the front-end exam. There are a lot of code snippets to review and you will often be directed to the development documents for more details. All of the subjects for this certification have a lot of details to keep in mind, so make sure to reserve some time to review the user interface (UI) components section as it was by far the most complex. 

I found writing my own code to try concepts out, looking through core code, to be essential in helping me understand and retain the concepts here. There were many that I had already worked with but further research and first-hand experience helped me consolidate that knowledge.

KnockoutJS plays a large part in this exam due to the many different ways it can be implemented from the standard format to Magento’s own syntax for it. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the syntax options available and Magento’s own custom bindings

Being familiar with these and the many variations of them plays a large part in the exam. If you want to quickly practice writing actual KnockoutJS code, check out the useful tutorials at learn.knockoutjs.com

Proving Your Knowledge and Understanding 

Ultimately, while these certifications are difficult, they are worthwhile as a means of proving your knowledge and having a solid understanding of best practices of the various areas of Magento. In addition to proving your knowledge of best practices becoming a Magento certified developer is a great way to establish your identity in the Magento Community and validate your real-world skills.

Getting your certificate is not just a vanity exercise — you or your employer can use it to highlight your expertise to potential clients, and adding to your LinkedIn are valuable additions that can help connect you to the Magento community and like-minded thought leaders and resources in your industry.

Once a Magento Certification has been completed, you will see it added to your personal page in the Magento developer directory with badges for your various certifications. 

Magento Certifications are also an important part of the Magento Partners program in that a company needs a certain number of certified developers to achieve different levels of partnership.