Another One Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus at BelVG

Oct 2, 2019189
Another One Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus at BelVG

Read this certification article and find out how Artsem Miklashevich took and successfully passed the most complicated Magento exam – Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus.

In the previous article about the BelVG team’s achievements, we told you about our developer Igor Rain and his experience of taking Magento 2 Professional Front End Developer Certification. In the short interview the marketing team had with Igor, he mentioned that he considered Professional Developer Plus certification the most difficult one among the Magento exams. He knows what he is talking about since Igor Rain has successfully gained all the possible Magento certificates and became one of the few Magento full-stack developers. 

BelVG is proud to announce that one more member of our team has successfully passed the exam which is considered to be the most complicated by many – Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam. We are extremely happy to congratulate Artsem Miklashevich with such an impressive achievement.

In this article, we will tell you more about Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus certification, and particularly why this exam is considered to be so complicated and challenging and what topics and questions it consists of. Also, we will have a short interview with Artsem to find out how he got ready for this certification and what difficulties he faced.

Table of contents:

What is the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam?
How to pass the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam?
Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam – personal insights

What is the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam?

Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus is the exam aimed at a senior developer who not only possesses deep expertise in Magento Commerce customization but also had an experience of leading development teams and projects, interacting with clients on project requirements and being responsible for important technical decisions. To pass the exam, the examinee should prove he or she possesses knowledge and skills in catalogue and checkout, core architecture and Magento Commerce features, UI modifications and security. In addition to this, the exam validates a deep understanding of the crucial Magento areas, like quote operations, checkout and price calculation. Moreover, the ability to assess the influence of customizations and make decisions regarding Magento architecture.

Since such a level of Magento competence is obtained through hard-earned work and participation in numerous projects, the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam is advised to be taken by a developer with not less than two years of experience. The certification test is based on the Magento Commerce 2.2.x version, which makes it a very up-to-date and relevant.

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How to pass the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam

The examinee is given 90 minutes to complete a 60-question exam. The questions are multiple-choice and scenario-based, meaning that a person should select a solution to a problem or the best way to achieve a certain result. One can take the exam n a specialized Magento test centre or online, which is a great option for those who do not have a test centre in their city or even in their country. To pass the exam, one must score 63% or higher. If a person fails to score the lowest passing grade, they are allowed to take repetitive tries at the exam for a reduced voucher price. 

Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam consists of 9 topics. Each of them contains an unequal number of questions, and the larger the scope of the topic is, the more questions it includes. Below you can find the list of Professional Developer Plus exam topics and their questions:

1 Magento Architecture

Determine advanced uses of the Magento configuration system
Demonstrate an ability to design complex customizations using plugins and
di.xml
Demonstrate understanding of Magento events processing
Demonstrate an ability to use the Magento command-line interface

2 Magento UI

Demonstrate understanding UiComponents architecture
Demonstrate advanced use of Magento layouts
Demonstrate an ability to operate with Magento blocks and templates

3 Working with Databases

Demonstrate understanding of the architectural layers of the database access
classes, including models, repositories, and data mappers
Demonstrate understanding of the staging workflow
Demonstrate an ability to use different types of setup scripts in Magento

4 Using the Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV) Model

Describe the EAV data access process in Magento
Describe the database tables for EAV entities and how to create them
Demonstrate an ability to operate with attribute options
Demonstrate an ability to use non-catalog EAV entities

5 Developing with Adminhtml

Demonstrate ability to use ACL
Demonstrate understanding of the admin login process and admin actions
processing
Demonstrate an ability to create complex forms and grids

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6 Customizing the Catalog

Demonstrate an ability to understand and customize Magento products
Demonstrate an ability to perform complex operations with the Magento pricing
framework
Customize catalogue price rules
Determine how to use Magento categories
Demonstrate an understanding of catalogue indexers
Demonstrate understanding of catalogue staging and its impact on the system
Demonstrate an understanding of the product search framework
Demonstrate understanding of importing products and categories in Magento

7 Customizing the Checkout Process

Understand the Magento quote architecture and customizing quote-related
functionality
Demonstrate an ability to customize and extend the checkout process
Create and debug shipping and payment methods in Magento

8 Magento Commerce Features

Demonstrate an ability to use message queues
Demonstrate understanding of customer segmentation
Demonstrate understanding of advanced capabilities in Magento Commerce
Demonstrate understanding of target rules

9 Understanding Magento Security

Demonstrate understanding of frontend security with Magento
Demonstrate understanding Adminhtml security with Magento
Demonstrate an understanding of different types of attacks and preventing them
with Magento

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Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam – personal insights

Artsem Miklashevich has already been a part of BelVG team for several years and contributed his development skills and Magento knowledge to a number of successful projects. He had an experience with Magento certification as well: in January 2019, he passed the Magento 2 Professional Developer exam, and back in 2016 – the Magento 1 Developer Plus exam. Below you can read about his impression of the recently passed certification – Magento 2 Developer Plus, and its comparison with the exams he took in the past. 

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The BelVG marketing team asked Artsem a couple of questions to find out – is a Magento certification exam that hard?

How long did it take you to get ready for this exam?

I can’t say for sure, but I spent more time on preparation this time than when I was preparing for the Magento 2 Professional Developer exam. The Plus exam is way more complicated, and it covers a much wider scope of aspects, so it required quite an effort to get ready. Thankfully, due to my Magento development experience, I have helped the tasks. Also, I wrote a number of articles for our Magento 2 Professional Developer Plus tutorial, and it allowed me to get to the bottom of things I was not sure about before. 

Was the exam much different from the Magento 1 Professional Developer Plus you passed in 2016?

Actually, yes. They changed the question formulation into the scenario-based section, which I personally liked very much. I believe this exam really verifies the practical Magento skills that the developer possesses, not the knowledge of some theoretical and abstract concepts. On the other hand, these questions make the exam much more complicated to get ready for and pass. 

Why did you decide to take Magento 2 Professional Developer Plus? Were you not satisfied with Magento 2 Professional Developer certificate?

The Plus certification is a whole new level, and this certificate tells a lot about the level of expertise that someone possesses. I felt that in order to grow personally and professionally, I needed to pass this exam.

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What turned out to be the greatest challenge when you took this exam?

To complete it within 90 minutes! I tended to contemplate the questions and answer options a lot first, then I realized I am running out of time and I needed to think faster. Lucky for me, I finished just on time.

What are your future plans regarding Magento certification? Do you plan to take other exams?

I am not sure about it right now. At the moment, I am quite content with the knowledge I gained from Professional Developer Plus, but if I suspect I am lacking the understanding of some notions, I may consider taking another exam. 

Wrapping it up

We hope the article provided you with a detailed overview of the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus exam, and that Artsem’s case demonstrated that everything can be achieved when a proper amount of hard work and diligence is applied. The main purpose of these articles is to inspire fellow Magento developers to face up to this challenge and emerge victorious from it. 

Stay tuned for the Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus tutorial release. In case you have questions or comments, do not hesitate to leave them down below.

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