Monday, February 1, 2016

Umbraco developer certification changes

The Umbraco Certified Developer program has been a part of the Umbraco ecosystem almost since the very beginning, since its humble start we've certified more than 4.000 developers, and that is truly an amazing feat.

TL;DR: We’re replacing the old Level 1 + 2 courses with a single fundamentals course and multiple single-day courses for greater developer specialization and flexibility in our training offerings.


The program has overall stayed the same all these years, with 2 types of courses, generally targeting web-developers on level 1, and .net developers on level 2 courses.

From March 1st we're introducing a number of changes to this program, which will increase focus on the its core mission: to provide developers with training that make them capable of producing outstanding Umbraco projects.

Change number 1: Umbraco Fundamentals Course

Umbraco Fundamentals course will from March 1st be the essential training for anyone who wants to be a certified Umbraco developer, it’s 2 days of the major concepts and best practices in Umbraco. This will give you the solid foundation to understand and use Umbraco the way its supposed to be used. This course will replace the current Level 1 course.

Change number 2: skill-focused 1 day courses

Attending the fundamentals course gives you access to a number of skill-focused courses, designed to build on your fundamental Umbraco knowledge. The first set of courses we are developing are:

- Umbraco, Visual Studio and MVC
- Enhancing the editor experience (with AngularJS)
- Integrating Umbraco and a legacy MVC application

This will give developers more options to specialize and only attend courses that are valuable to them, this replaces Level 2 course and adds lots of new topics.

Change number 3: Higher visibility and value

As we revamp these courses, we will ensure that gained certifications become visible on developer and partner profiles, so partners who invest time and resources into staying current can show off their collective knowledge and skill to customers and partners. It's important to us, that people who are great at their craft and deliver stellar results to customers also get the recognition they deserve, it's at the very core why we even provide this developer certification program.


What about current Level 1 and 2 certified developers?

Everyone will keep their current certifications, all Level 1 certifications will translate to the

new fundamentals certification, and everyone who attended level 2 for Umbraco 6 with MVC will get the MVC Course certification assigned. At the same time, we will also assign the current Umbraco version to the certification, to clearly differentiate Umbraco 4,6 and 7 certifications.

For 1-day courses, do I get a certification?

Yes! of course you get a certification and a test as well.

I've signed up for a Level 1/2 course in february, what now?

You will still get an uptodate course on the latest version of Umbraco and your certifications will be renamed to their new names, so no panic, if in doubt, get in touch with the trainer you’ve booked the course with.

I'm Umbraco 4 certified, is that obsolete?

No, you will still have the Umbraco 4 certification, if it’s level-1 you will get the new fundamentals certification, but level 2 will not be updated.

I only have level 2, can I book the new 1 day courses?

Yes, you can, for people with the old Level-2 certification we will allow you to book the new courses. We want people to attend Umbraco training because they want to level up, not because they are forced.

What about the currently listed courses?

We're renaming them as we speak, so no need to worry, Level 1 will be renamed to fundamentals and level 2 will be reschedueled as MVC Course - courses are held on the same dates as already listed.

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