At last T3DD19 (TYPO3 developer days 2019) held at Karlsruhe, our TYPO3 developer Bhavin Barad appeared for TCCD exam and cleared it - Congratulations again! We are happy to share his experience to prepare and pass the exam. So are you excited to appear for TCCD exam and need to grasp some tips and tricks? Alright! Then, you are at the right place.
Eager to know how to prepare for TYPO3 Certification Exam?
Becoming a TYPO3 certified developer will be an excellent chance for you to make your mark of TYPO3 expertise in industry.
In this blog post, you will find the most reliable sources of information about TYPO3 certifications.
I want to divide this blog post into two sections:
TYPO3 Certification for better TYPO3 eco-system
It feels proud to say, “TYPO3 is one of the only Open Source community” to have a dedicated Education & Certification Committee installed by the TYPO3 Association's Board and Expert Advisory Board in early 2014.
What are the main activities of the TYPO3 committee?
Setting up an education strategy
Managing the TYPO3 certification program
Defining global standards for TYPO3 certifications
Training/workshop for certification
Co-ordinating with other TYPO3 teams
Importance of TYPO3 Certification
TYPO3 certification programs ensure the competence of professionals and by providing a measurement of knowledge and skills.
for TYPO3 agencies
TYPO3 service providers can highlight such certification for their strong position in the market. Even for TYPO3 freelancers, it gives a more competitive advantage.
The certificate gives more confidence to decision-makers for the success of the project.
for TYPO3 eco-system
The certified integrators, developers, editors, and consultant gives the best quality of work, so TYPO3 eco-system works well with less chance of failure projects.
for Personal feeling
- It gives personal proud feeling to a person who passed and gets a certification badge.
- It is a plus factor for your resume.
- An official proof of your knowledge: become globally recognized for your expertise in creating applications with TYPO3.
Available TYPO3 certifications
There are 4 possible certifications you can aim for, depending on your requirements. They are listed below in the order of difficulty of their relevant tests.
What is TCCD (TYPO3 CMS Certified Developer)?
The TYPO3 association certification team defines the role of “certified TYPO3 developer” as follows:
“A TYPO3 CMS Certified Developer has to have experience collected through projects, should know the architecture, design patterns, best practices, and a fair share of internals both TYPO3 CMS and the extension framework. TYPO3 CMS Certified Developer can implement an extension completely in a state-of-the-art way. They write clean code by following the TYPO3 Coding Guidelines (CGL), and they are well versed in a wide range of topics, from the initial setup of an extension up to the point of publishing it in the TYPO3 Extension Repository (TER).”
It's better to begin from scratch
Some general information about all the certification are as follows:
All the exams are exclusively conducted in English (except, you can also give exam in the German language for editor certification).
Generally, the exams are conducted in context to recent or last TYPO3 LTS (long-term support) version. But it is highly recommended to confirm exact TYPO3 version, you may found such details during the registration.
All questions have been developed by TYPO3 experts and are reviewed or updated according to strict guidelines.
Location for examination
Unfortunately, TYPO3 exams are not available world-wide eg., Earlier, there was a good option to take TYPO3 exam through Pearson Vue. At last T3DD19, I got confirmation, the certification team is working hard to globally take exam.
At the moment (Sep 2019), TYPO3 certification tests are usually taken at TYPO3 events like TYPO3 Developer Days, annual TYPO3 CertiFUNcation Day, TYPO3camps, TYPO3 conferences and so on.
Cancelling a Registration
On the off chance, if you don't turn up at the scheduled date/time of examination without giving early notification of retraction, the refund would not be provided. In case of urgency, you need to do this somewhere around 48 hours before the booked date and time.
Roadmap to get certification
- Being aware of Syllabus
- In-depth dive to the Topics
- Take the exam
- Enjoy your success party
How to register for TYPO3 certifications?
Choose the TYPO3 Events
Visit the official TYPO3 events page and choose your best suitable TYPO3 events typo3.org/community/events/
- 200 € for TYPO3 Certified Developer exam
- 150 € for TYPO3 Certified Developer exam for members of the TYPO3 Association
- 150 € for TYPO3 Certified Developer exam for employees of members of the TYPO3 Association (bronze, silver, gold or platinum level)
Eventbrite to register
You may perform registration at TYPO3 association’s official Eventbrite page at www.eventbrite.com/o/typo3-education-committee-typo3-association-8060006853
How to prepare for Certification?
Good thing is that TYPO3 certification team defined syllabus with a number of topics. Here are some tips and tricks for better preparation for the certification.
Step 1. Dream it
Forgot TYPO3 at the moment. First, you should set your vision to become TYPO3 certified Developer, which will keep motivating you to “lots read and practice” the TYPO3.
Step 2. Check topics
To clear the scope and vision, take a quick look at all the topics and sub-topics of https://typo3.org/certification/developer/syllabus-v9/
Step 3. Theory knowledge through TYPO3 Documentation
At each topic, you will find “references” the recommend reading links that are linked with docs.typo3.org. You should read in-depth at TYPO3 documentation.
It will help you to clear theoretical knowledge for eg., How can you know all the properties of FLUID TEMPLATE TypoScript object, simply go here https://docs.typo3.org/typo3cms/TyposcriptReference/ContentObjects/Fluidtemplate/Index.html
Step 4. Practical knowledge through Practice
Of course, The exam is exactly what you know practically to integrate templates into TYPO3. Your real-time project’s work is the only best way to learn and prepare for the exam. There will be many tricky questions which can only be answered if you have done good-enough TYPO3 practice.
To prepare for the exam, we would highly recommend reading the best available books by Michael Schams.
Book Review: TYPO3 Extbase, 3rd Edition
The excellent book on Modern Extension Development for TYPO3 CMS with Extbase and Fluid!
We must say, Michael Schams works very hard and passionate about this book to help TYPO3 products and community.
Are you a beginner or intermediate level of TYPO3 extension developer? Even if you feel advanced developer then also you should read this book once a time, Because you may find many fundamentals which you may now aware.
Grab this book now from, Help and appreciate him for the great work https://leanpub.com/typo3extbase-3rd-edition-en
Our TYPO3 CMS Certified Developer shares his review about the book
Bhavin - our TYPO3 developer who cleared TCCD exam read this book twice which help him very-well to get in-depth knowledge of TYPO3 Extbase and Fluid. What he mostly like in this book? Hands-over to Bhavin in his words as follows:
“I’m TYPO3 developer since four years, but unfortunately I never read books on extension development. After reading this book, I’ve realized my missing knowledge and gaps on Extbase/Fluid. And, Of course it helps me a lot to pass my TCCD exam too. You know, mostly we TYPO3 developer relies on docs.typo3.org which is some time not up to-date or unorganized, so such book really help us. From the heart, I highly recommend reading this book to each and every TYPO3 developer”.
Learn AtoZ about Extbase/Fluid
The book covers each and every topic and features of Extbase/Fluid technologies. During the book reading, I was bit surprised about some of the techniques which I’ve never used in real-time TYPO3 projects.
Help on my preparation of TCCD
I must say, If you have well read this book then 70% higher chances to become TYPO3 certified developer.
It is based on the latest TYPO3 version (9 LTS) which is useful to be updated according to the latest coding standards.
Start from very basic
The book starts from TYPO3 installation, yeah! If you are a beginner of TYPO3 then, no worries! Book start with TYPO3 setup and most popular automatic generator EXT:extension_builder.
The author smartly created one great journey tutorial with EXT:simple_blog, throughout each topic, you will work on same tutorial extension and will feel excitement to work as one project.
PHP 7 Fundamentals
Good thing is that, before dig into depth, the book explains the concept and fundamentals of PHP 7. I see many time, even senior TYPO3 developer don’t have new standards, methods, techniques of PHP. It also gives an overview of PHP PSR standards.
The book contains well-designed material to learn Extbase/Fluid from basic to advanced.
No words to say more, Just start to read and you will not stop until end :)
Book Review: TYPO3 CMS Certified Developer
2nd great book from Michael Schams is specifically designed to prepare TCCD exam.
It’s an ideal study guide for the preparation of certification, In first edition contains 150 questions. Don’t miss to read “How to use this book” section before you start to read TYPO3 questions.
- It will give you the basic idea and information about how the exam will conduct.
- What kind of questions will be there during the exam?
- It will help you to learn and understand how to deal with tricky questions?
- The book already covers most of the syllabus defined by the certification team.
- The quality of the book is, The author logically explain why particular answer is correct?
Happy Reading and Practicing!
TYPO3 Training and Workshop
The team of SkillDisplay and TYPO3 GmbH are working hard to prepare an organized way of learning and prepare the TYPO3 exam, You may find some of their official blogs at typo3.com/blog/category/training-certification.
You may take a look at TCCD’s SkillsPath at- www.skilldisplay.eu/skillsets/cms-certified-developer-9-lts/
Points to keep in mind while appearing for the exam
We recommend that you arrive at the test center 15 to 30 minutes before the exam starts for the registration and other processes.
Candidate needs to bring valid official identification documents, that shows your full name, photograph, and signature and proves your identity like a passport or personal identification card.
It is mandatory to sign the NDA document prior to the examination. By signing the NDA document, you accept that the exam material is strictly confidential and that questions and answers must not be disclosed.
Applicant has 90 minutes to go through the test and answer and answer as many questions possible.
The exam would be having multiple-choice questions with at least one or more correct answers. Good thing is that, on each particular question, they mentioned: “how many answers are correct”. For the question with more than one correct answers, if the candidate does not pick all correct answers, the question would be marked wrong and no points will be credited.
Exam structure: Score and Statistics
75 Questions would be asked in the exam paper
90 Minutes of time to complete exam paper
1.2 minutes to answer each question
~60 out of 75 answers should be correct to become certified Developer (CAUTION: it’s not defined by the certification team, but majoring according to our experience).
How will you receive your badge/certification?
Receive results via Email
After the exam, you will receive an email with your result (pass or fail) within a few weeks.
Receive TYPO3 Certificate
If the candidate has successfully passed the test, then the TYPO3 certificate is sent to their postal location within a month.
The candidate can allude to oneself as a Certified TYPO3 Integrator until the expiration period of certificate i.e 3 years.
Your name at Certification Listing
Also, the names of candidates with TYPO3 certification would be listed on- https://typo3.org/certification/developer/certified-developer-listing
Summering it up!
We have listed all the important and useful resources you can use to further your learning to become a TYPO3 certified developer. We hope all these TYPO3 resources will help you complete your certification and you can stand in the comity of certified developers!
- Have a dream and passion to become a TYPO3 certified developer.
- Aware with a syllabus of TCCD exam.
- Must read two excellent TYPO3 books Michael Schams
- Theoretically and practically dig in-depth at each topic.
- Register for your best available time and location.
- Keep calm while giving the examination and wait for the results.
- Celebrate your winning shot by becoming a TYPO3 Certified Developer!
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