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Acquia Certification

Acquia Certification Program is a professional certification program for Drupal and Acquia Platform.

Whether you’re a developer, a Drupal agency, or an Acquia customer, our certifications are the trusted benchmark for validating and promoting your expertise, reducing hiring risk, up-skilling teams, and helping ensure successful project delivery. This program prepares subscribers, partners, and the Drupal community to work competently and confidently with Drupal and Acquia products.

Acquia oversees the professional certification program for Drupal and the Acquia Platform. Whether you’re a member of a digital agency, an Acquia customer, or an individual Drupalist, the Acquia Certification Program ensures you and your team meet a standard bar of skills and competence within a competitive marketplace.

The Drupal Grand Master designation is earned by any Drupalist who has demonstrated advanced Drupal expertise by achieving certification in the Acquia Certified Developer, Acquia Certified Back End Specialist, and Acquia Certified Front End Specialist exams of the same Drupal version. There isn’t a separate exam required to become a Drupal Grand Master. The Acquia Certification Program awards Drupal Grand Master credentials to Drupalists who pass all three of the exams. Acquia awards the Drupal Grand Master designation for all versions of Drupal.

Certified people are listed in Acquia’s Certification Registry, along with their company name, certification earned, and other details.

About Acquia Certification Program

What is Acquia Certification?

Acquia Certification Program validates skills and knowledge of professionals building solutions with Drupal and on the Acquia Platform. The program is a comprehensive series of examinations and credentials useful to individuals and organizations to demonstrate their expertise with Drupal and the Acquia Platform.

Thousands of developers from around the world have participated in the program since its launch in 2014.

Why Acquia Certification?

The key benefits of the program for individuals are:

  • Validates your Drupal skills and Knowledge
  • Establishes your credibility and expertise with your peers
  • Gives you more visibility within the marketplace
  • Provides you with a formal certification

The key benefits for organizations building Drupal solutions are:

  • Helps you hire Drupal expertise
  • Differentiates you in a crowded marketplace of Drupal solution providers
  • Provides a framework for training and certification of different Drupal team roles

Which Exams Are Available?

Important

EOL notice! Drupal 7 & 8 exams will reach end-of-life on December 31, 2021. The last exam registration date is November 30, 2021.

We encourage all exam registrants to register for the Drupal 9 versions of the Drupal certification exams. For the full catalog of available exams, see Acquia Certification.

Acquia offers technical certification in Drupal 7, 8, and 9 in four competencies each:

Exam Drupal 9 Drupal 8 Drupal 7
Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder
Acquia Certified Drupal Developer
Acquia Certified Drupal Front End Specialist
Acquia Certified Drupal Back End Specialist

Certification Path

This diagram shows the recommended progression through exam depending on level of Drupal experience. Applies to Drupal 7, 8, and 9 series of exams.

Certification Path

Grand Master Certification

Developers who earn Certified Developer, Certified Front End Specialist, and Certified Back End Specialist (Drupal 7, Drupal 8, or Drupal 9 series) automatically earn the Acquia Certified Grand Master credential for that version of Drupal. There is not a certification exam to obtain the Grand Master credential.

Acquia Platform Certification

Acquia provides customers and partners with a valuable platform that enhances the speed, agility, and reliability of delivery of Drupal applications. Acquia Cloud Platform, Acquia Site Factory, and Acquia Personalization are some components of the Acquia Platform.

Acquia Platform
Acquia Cloud Pro
Acquia Site Factory Pro
Acquia Site Studio Site Builder
Acquia Personalization Pro

Test Format

Test item formats used in this examination are:

  • Multiple-choice: Examinee selects one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.
  • Multiple-response: Examinee selects more than one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.

All the questions asked in the exam are scenario-based. There are three parts to each question: A scenario, a question, and the options.

  • A scenario describes a situation with a use case or a client requirement on a Drupal site.
  • Then a question is asked about the scenario or the problem.
  • Four or more options are given for possible solutions from which the candidate needs to select the correct answer or answers. Take a look at the sample question:
Scenario
You installed a new site using the Spanish language. You added new fields to the article content type alongside the default fields. The custom fields labels are in Spanish.

Question

Which of the following statements is true when you add the French language to your site?

Answer Choices

  1. All content configuration should be translated to French manually
  2. Drupal will handle both built in and custom field translations to French automatically
  3. Drupal will handle translation of content configuration for built-in fields automatically. Custom fields will have to be translated manually
  4. Drupal will handle translation of content configuration for custom fields automatically. Built-in fields will need to be translated manually

(Correct answer: #3)

After looking at the sample question, you may realize that the questions rely on application of Drupal concepts and knowledge rather than purely memorizing the facts, code, or syntax.

Reading through long lists of documentation or books is not sufficient for answering most questions. You need experience with a number of use cases, applications, common scenarios in a Drupal project. It will also help to have experience with change requests, support requests and issues to handle questions of this nature

Reporting and Registry

Once you have passed your Acquia Certified Site Builder exam, you can shout it from the rooftops by adding your Acquia Certified badge in your CV, email signature, and LinkedIn profile.

You can confirm you are registered in Acquia’s Certification Registry by visiting https://certification.acquia.com/registry and searching for your name.

Acquia Certification Registry

The Acquia Certification Registry lists the names, workplace, location, and specific credentials of those who have earned Acquia certification. The following section has a list of common questions about the certification registry.