Since I was working with PHP and WEB development in general for a quite time (about 5 years), I really wanted to get myself the PHP Zend certificate. The problem was that I either haven’t enough time or free money for the exam. Couple months ago I’ve got lucky when Zend started beta certification for PHP 5.3. I filled the online survey and got selected to get this examination for free.
There wasn’t much time for the preparation since I had two weeks till my scheduled exam. Good thing was that I had Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide book read before. Because of that and the skills I had from the past PHP development I was quite confident with my general PHP knowledge. The problem was that I haven’t done any project with version 5.3 of PHP in particular. So what I did was reading a few blogs and watching presentations about new features of PHP 5.3 (namespaces, lambda functions, late static binding etc). As I mentioned before, when I was thinking about Zend certification year ago, I was sure I’m going to get at least couple test vouchers but this time I decided not to spend money on them.
Since I had to sign NDA before the exam, I can’t talk much about exam saying what exact questions there were. The questions varied and there were many questions I was sure about the answer as well as some question I had no idea what correct answer was so I had to make logical guesses here by trying to remove answers I though might be incorrect. After finishing all the questions I wasn’t sure that I will definitely pass it. Because it was beta exam, I had to wait for results for a quite time.mountainsphoto
More then month passed when I’ve got the email with “PHP 5.3 Beta Exam Results” subject. To be true, my hands were shaking a bit when I was opening this e-mail. As I opened it, I found out that I actually passed this exam and became Zend Certified Engineer. Yesterday I’ve got the real certificate to mail mailbox (you can see photo of it in beginning of this post).
I’m really glad I’ve accomplished that and I hope this certificate will help me in the future while searching for a new job. If you are interested, there’s my profile at Zend Yellow pages. Oh, and while looking through the list of Zend Certified Engineers from Lithuania, I’ve noticed that I’m the first one having PHP 5.3 certificate.