Congratulations to Ixis Developers Paul and Paul who passed the Acquia Certified Developer exam recently, and to Andy for passing the Zend Certified PHP Engineer exam.
Development Manager Paul Byrne said “Our developers taking the Acquia Certified Developer exam did so with little preparation (if you discount their combined Drupal experience of almost twenty years!). Taking the multiple-choice exam without ‘revision' time was a good exercise in determining whether our current skill levels were sufficient to be certified here and now. Both developers passed with high scores and are now considering the next tiers of Acquia certification”.
Not to be surpassed, Senior Developer Andy took the Zend Certified PHP Engineer qualification using part of his training budget and study time offered to Ixis employees. Andy locked himself in his local library for a week, away from scheduled projects and day-to-day responsibilities in order to focus and prepare for his exam. Andy emerged victorious and passed, stating “The study guide was a useful resource allowing me to concentrate efforts on subjects either unfamiliar or not commonly used at work”.
Comparing the two exams, one criticism emerged with Zend - Andy would have only received a Pass or Fail, and no feedback on which topics scored lowest. This would obviously be useful feedback for the continual improvement Ixis promotes. Conversely, the Acquia Certified Developer results were very transparent.