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Acquia Certified Site Factory Pro

This is the study guide for Acquia Certified Site Factory Pro Examination.

In this guide, we’ll explain the exam blueprint, break down the knowledge domains, and help you get familiar with the nature of questions asked in the exam.

You’ll find helpful steps to prepare for the exam as well as links to further resources for study and preparation.

About the Exam

The following is the key information about the exam:

  • Exam Name: Acquia Certified Site Factory Pro
  • Exam Duration: 60 minutes
  • Exam length: 40 questions
  • Pass/Fail mark: 65%

The purpose of this exam is to validate skills and knowledge of developers, technical managers, and architects in the area of designing, implementing, and maintaining Acquia Site Factory (ASF)-based solutions.

This exam is meant for Senior Developers, Technical Managers, and Architects working on the Site Factory platform.

This exam validates a candidate’s ability to:

  • Understand the features of Acquia Site Factory (ASF)
  • Understand and use platform administration functionality of ASF
  • Implement an optimum development workflow to work with the ASF codebase
  • Understand and implement ASF development and deployment best practices

Register for the exam

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Steps to Certification

Newcomer: You are absolutely new to Drupal and Acquia products.

Intermediate: You have Drupal development experience, but are new to the Acquia platform.

Advanced: You have Drupal development and ASF experience, and wish to get certified.

Take Acquia Academy Courses

As a newcomer to the Acquia platform, take the introductory courses of Acquia Site Factory on Acquia Academy. This will start you on your journey to certification.

Customers can access these and other courses for free on Acquia Academy. The full catalog of courses on Acquia Site Factory is available at Site Factory Training.

Courses follow a model of 100-level for introductory material, 200-level for application of the concepts, 300-level for advanced concepts, and 400-level for solution architecture.

Read Product Documentation

Reading the product documentation for Acquia Site Factory is the best way to gain a clear understanding of the product, its features and functions, and related best practices. In particular, focus on the following areas:

Private Training

Acquia offers private training courses tailored to your team’s needs drawing on our full course catalog. Introductory courses require no prior knowledge of Drupal. They may have other prerequisites of prior knowledge or experience.

Gain Practical Experience

Completing the courses may not make you ready to pass the certification exam. You need to have some real-life practical experience to attempt the exam. For this purpose, we recommend that you gain practical experience by working with at least 2-3 real life projects.

Perform Self Assessment

Once you decide to take the exam, we recommend that you study the domains and topics covered by the exam and their relative weights. You should also perform a Self Assessment of your own areas of strength and weakness against the domains and topics covered by the exam blueprint. This is a recommended starting point for experienced Drupal 8 Developers.

Appear for the Exam

At this stage, you should be ready to take the exam. Follow this link to register for the exam. You may choose from an online proctored or an onsite proctored exam delivery option.

Exam Domains

Note

This exam blueprint includes topics, domains, and test objectives to help guide the test taker. They should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all of the content of this examination.

Domain % of Examination
1.0 Fundamental Web Hosting and Drupal Architecture Concepts 15%
2.0 Acquia Site Factory Features and Interface 30%
3.0 Site Builder and Developer workflows on Acquia Site Factory 40%
4.0 Acquia Site Factory Best Practices 15%
TOTAL 100

Content

Domain 1.0: Fundamental Web Hosting and Drupal Architecture Concepts

1.1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic web hosting architecture

1.2. Demonstrate knowledge of Drupal development workflows and multi-site architecture

1.3. Demonstrate knowledge of key security and performance concepts for a multi-site, multi-server environment

Domain 2.0: Acquia Site Factory Features and Interfaces

2.1 Demonstrate understanding of key features of Acquia Site Factory

2.2 Demonstrate ability to perform Platform Administration activities

2.3 Demonstrate ability to configure global site administration settings

Domain 3.0: Site Builder and Developer workflows on Acquia Site Factory

3.1 Demonstrate ability to launch and manage sites

3.2 Demonstrate understanding of code and release management

3.3 Demonstrate ability to manage Theming of Site Factory based sites

3.4 Demonstrate ability to deploy a custom Drupal distribution

3.5 Demonstrate ability to use Staging and Testing capabilities in Site Factory

3.6 Demonstrate ability to use Site Factory API for managing sites

Domain 4.0: Acquia Site Factory Best Practices

4.1 Demonstrate understanding of Governance Models for managing large number of sites

4.2 Demonstrate understanding of Security and Performance best practices

4.3 Demonstrate understanding of best practices for Site Content and Configuration staging

Self Assessment

Experienced Drupal developers will likely know their weaknesses more than they know their strengths. You might have judged your own skill levels while reading through the exam domains listed. It is quite natural for you to be more experienced and proficient in one domain than another. Also, within a domain, it is quite likely that you have hands-on experience on some topics but have never touched other areas within the same domain.

How to Use Self Assessment

We suggest you perform a skills and expertise self-assessment with respect to the domains and topics listed in the blueprint. The blueprint lists test objectives (topics) for each domain. Rank your skills on a scale of 0 to 10 against each test objective (0 for absolutely zero knowledge or exposure and 10 for complete mastery).

  • Topics with a score of 8+ are your strengths.
  • Topics with a score of 5 to 7 will need some preparation.
  • The ones below 5 may require a lot of preparation, or guided instruction.

You may use the following table to carry out your own evaluation.

Acquia Certified Site Factory Pro Self-Assessment Table

Domain Topic Your Score (1-10)
1 Fundamental web hosting and Drupal architecture concepts

1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of basic web hosting architecture

1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of Drupal development workflows and multi-site architecture

1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of key security and performance concepts for a multi-site, multi-server environment

2 Acquia Site Factory features and interface

2.1 Demonstrate understanding of key features of Acquia Site Factory

2.2 Demonstrate ability to perform platform administration activities

2.3 Demonstrate ability to configure global site administration settings

3 Site builder and developer workflows on Acquia Site Factory

3.1 Demonstrate ability to launch and manage sites

3.2 Demonstrate understanding of code and release management

3.3 Demonstrate ability to manage theming of Site Factory-based sites

3.4 Demonstrate ability to deploy a custom Drupal distribution

3.5 Demonstrate ability to use staging and testing capabilities in Site Factory

3.6 Demonstrate ability to use Site Factory API for managing sites

4 Acquia Site Factory best practices

4.1 Demonstrate understanding of governance models for managing large number of sites

4.2 Demonstrate understanding of security and performance best practices

4.3 Demonstrate understanding of best practices for site content and configuration staging

Preparation

Once you have a list of topics for which you need preparation, you will possibly face two challenges:

  1. Find and study documentation and knowledge resources for the topics.
  2. Find enough practical case studies covering the topics.

Knowledge Resources

Finding documentation and online resources is easier. You may register for Acquia Academy and take a course in the relevant domain to refresh your knowledge.

Study Guide

Domain 1.0: Fundamental Web Hosting and Drupal Architecture Concepts

1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of basic web hosting architecture

A Cloud Pro understands basic website hosting architecture.

A Site Factory Pro can demonstrate knowledge of basic web hosting architecture as it pertains to Acquia Cloud Platform hosting and support.

Resources:

1.2 Demonstrate knowledge of Drupal development workflows and multi-site architecture

A Site Factory Pro can demonstrate knowledge of Drupal development workflows in a multisite architecture.

Resources:

1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of key security and performance concepts for a multi-site, multi-server environment

A Site Factory Pro understands key security and performance concepts for a multi-site, multi-server environment.

Resources:

Domain 2.0: Acquia Site Factory Features and Interface

2.1 Demonstrate understanding of key features of Acquia Site Factory

Resources:

2.2 Demonstrate ability to perform Platform Administration activities

Resource:

2.3 Demonstrate ability to configure global site administration settings

Resources:

Domain 3.0: Site Builder and Developer workflows on Acquia Site Factory

3.1 Demonstrate ability to launch and manage sites

Resources:

3.2 Demonstrate understanding of code and release management

Resources:

3.3 Demonstrate ability to manage Theming of Site Factory based sites

Resources:

3.4 Demonstrate ability to deploy a custom Drupal distribution

Resources:

3.5 Demonstrate ability to use Staging and Testing capabilities in Site Factory

Resources:

3.6 Demonstrate ability to use Site Factory API for managing sites

Resources:

Domain 4.0: Acquia Site Factory Best Practices

4.1 Demonstrate understanding of Governance Models for managing large number of sites

Resources:

4.2 Demonstrate understanding of Security and Performance best practices

Resources:

4.3 Demonstrate understanding of best practices for Site Content and Configuration staging

Resources: