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Zend Launches Zend Framework Certification

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by John Kleijn on Oct 8, 2008 9:08:20 AM - 8,441 views

Zend has launched a new training and certification program for PHP developers, Zend Framework Certification. Passing the Zend Certified Engineer (ZCE) is not a prerequisite. At €160.- a certification voucher is slightly more expensive than one for the ZCE exam.

Being a Zend Certified Engineer (a prospect), I got a promotional email from IBuildings, the official distributor for Zend in the Netherlands, which also included a link to a PDF of the ZCE-ZF study guide.

This is yet another step of Zend towards the professionalising of PHP development, as well as another to affirm the position of ZF as THE PHP framework. Both goals are to be applauded, though I do question the refractory life of the new certificate.

In all I guess this is a good move from Zend, and also an opportunity for PHP developers to finally get properly acquainted with Zend's awesome framework.

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Daniel Oct 8, 2008 11:16:52 AM

Hmm... getting certified to use ZF 1.5 when the latest version is 1.6? Seems like a bad idea to me... I don't think it's a good idea to have ZF certifications. They'll quickly become too old to use as things are added rather rapidly to the framework. It's not like a regular ZCE. I think if you have a ZCE then a ZCE-ZF is redundant and considering it's the same price I'd rather go with the former.

Oh yeah, and a little tip. If you browse Zend's store from a non-European IP address then you'll get the price in USD instead. Apparently Zend doesn't know that 1 USD != 1 EUR so you can save a little money that way because USD is worth less.

John Kleijn Oct 8, 2008 12:16:58 PM

That's what I meant by questioning the refractory life. However, at €160.- is small price to pay for certified ZF skills if you are looking for a job involving your favourite framework ;)

Also the study guide is nice as an overview of what ZF has to offer, with 241 pages it is easier to handle than the 1170 Programmer's Reference Guide.

Daniel Oct 8, 2008 1:45:52 PM

Yeah, I suppose it doesn't hurt to have additional papers proving knowledge of a certain subject.

Daniel Oct 14, 2008 5:17:24 AM

Haha... ZF 1.7PR has been released today. At this speed the ZCE-ZF will quickly loose its value.

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