Certification: Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I take the Zend Certification exam?
- Who wrote the exams?
- Where do I take the exam?
- What are the exams like?
- What topics/subjects does the PHP 5.3 exam cover?
- Do I need to know anything particular (other than PHP) for the PHP 5.3 certification exam to pass?
- Can I use my PHP Certification voucher for the Zend Framework exam?
- How long do I have to take the exam after I purchase the voucher?
- Can I get a refund or transfer my voucher?
- What other resources are available?
- How will I know if I passed?
- What should I take to the exam?
- When will my details be updated on the Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals?
- When will I receive my diploma?
- Can I use the term 'Zend Certified Engineer' on my resume/CV or business card?
- On what version of Zend Framework is the Zend Framework Certification exam based?
- Is there a non-disclosure agreement, and terms and conditions associated with the exams?
Q: Why should I take a Zend Certification exam?
Becoming a Zend Certified Engineer is a measure of your experience in the world of PHP. The goal of the Zend Certification program is to allow PHP professionals to attain the "Zend Certified Engineer" designation. This is identical in concept to other well know certification programs such as "Microsoft's Certified Professionals (MCP)" and the "Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP)" programs. The Zend Certification program aims at creating a measure of distinction that employers can use to evaluate prospective employees. Becoming a Zend Certified Engineer will not make you a better programmer, however, it will most likely improve the chances of your resume standing out from among other applicants vying for the same position.
Q: Who wrote the exams?
The Zend Certification exams encompasses curriculum specified the Zend PHP Education Advisory Board and the Zend Framework Education Advisory Board as essential to demonstrate expert proficiency in PHP or Zend Framework.
Each Board's members are among the most well known and respected in the PHP and Zend Framework Communities. It is important to note that the Board is completely neutral and was not influenced by Zend's business objectives. In fact, the only point Zend insisted upon was that exam exclude references or questions relating to Zend's products.
Q: Where do I take the exam?
You will be required to go to a Pearson VUE Testing Center, which are available in over 4700 locations around the world. Contact your local testing center to arrange an exam date/time. You can register online or by calling your local center.
Q: What are the exams like?
The exam itself is very similar to most other IT exams offered these days. The exam is taken in an isolated room, using a specially configured computer. The exam is closed-book, so you won't be able to consult any reference material or use the Internet while taking it.
The PHP 5.3 exam is composed of a total of 70 questions, and the Zend Framework Exam is composed of 75 questions, which must be answered in 90 minutes. Each question can be formulated in one of three ways:
- As a multiple-choice question with only one right answer.
- As a multiple-choice question with multiple correct answers.
- As a free-form question for which the answer must be typed in.
Q: What topics/subjects does the PHP 5.3 exam cover?
The exam was designed to evaluate knowledge of PHP from a practical perspective. While there are a few theoretical items, the vast majority of the questions are based on the ability to evaluate and analyze a snippet of code. For a complete list of topics, see: PHP 5.3 Certification
Q: Do I need to know anything particular (other than PHP) for the PHP 5.3 certification exam to pass?
Put simply, you need to know those technologies that a PHP developer uses in his/her day-to-day job, including databases and regular expressions. As far as the latter are concerned, the focus is on Perl regular expressions, while for databases the focus is on standard SQL, rather than any particular implementation. If you've learned databases exclusively by using MySQL, it is strongly urged you look into standard SQL, because MySQL diverges from it in some significant ways.
Why standard SQL? A PHP developer should know about proper database design so that he/she can work with more than one DBMS, and so that the developer who uses, say, Oracle or PostgreSQL is not at a disadvantage -- after all, this is a PHP exam, not a LAMP one.
Q: Can I use my PHP Certification voucher for the Zend Framework exam?Yes, the exam vouchers can be used for either exam.
Q: How long do I have to take the exam after I purchase the voucher?The certification voucher is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
Q: Can I get a refund or transfer my voucher?
Sorry, but we do not offer refunds for exam voucher purchases. However, the voucher can be transferred to another person and used prior to the expiration date.
Q: What other resources are available?The official Zend Certification Study Guides are available for free download; PHP 5.3 Study Guide, Zend Framework Study Guide
If you prefer to learn from a professional instructor in an online setting, consider taking one of Zend's Test Prep courses: PHP 5.3 or Zend Framework. Each training class includes sample exam questions and a voucher for the certification exam - a $195 value.
Q: How will I know if I passed?
At the end of the exam you will receive a pass/fail grade. Should you fail, Zend offers re-take discounts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What should I take to the exam?
On the day of the exam don't forget to take 2 forms of identification with you to the testing center--testing staff must verify your identity.
Q: When will my details be updated on the Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals?
Once you have passed the exam, it takes 24-48 hours for your name and credentials to be published in the Zend Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals. To edit your ZCE details go to the Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals page and follow the instructions. You will be able to upload your picture, choose to display your company name, and much more.
Q: When will I receive my diploma?
We will mail your diploma once you have passed the exam. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.
Q: Can I use the term 'Zend Certified Engineer' on my resume/CV or business card?
In general, yes. You can also include the logo provided here. The only except is for those who have passed the Zend PHP Certification exam (either the 4 or 5 version), and live in Ontario, Canada. For legal reasons you cannot use the designation "Zend Certified Engineer" on your resume/CV or business card. You can however use the acronym "ZCE" to stand for "Zend Certification Endorsed".
Q: On what version of Zend Framework is the Zend Framework Certification exam based?
The Zend Framework Certification exam is based on Zend Framework version 1.5. Test takers should study this version of Zend Framework when preparing for the exam.
Q: Is there a non-disclosure agreement, and terms and conditions associated with the exams?
Before taking an exam a candidate must agree to the terms of our non-disclosure agreement. The non-disclosure agreement is presented to the candidate before the exam starts. If you do not agree to the non-disclosure agreement, you can end the exam, but you will forfeit the exam fee. In addition, Zend does not tolerate the use of unauthorized training materials, such as purchased 3rd-party “study guides” or brain dumps. Anyone found violating this rule may face a lifetime ban from the program. We have a zero-tolerance policy in this regard.