Zend Certified Engineer – ZCE PHP

by Mirek Burnejko

Zend Certified EngineerEmployers are looking for good developers. What means good? With a lot of experience and many projects done. With the ability to change and improve an unknown code. Is there a place for a programming certification?

Zend Technologies thinks it is. First, PHP is the biggest scripting language on the market. Comparing the PHP projects with Ruby and Python we can find, that almost all applications are written in this language (two examples – WordPress and Facebook). Second, the exam itself is created by Education Advisory Board.

Is there a place for a programming certification on the market. In our opinion also it is. Let’s look at the biggest freelancers’ portal like oDesk. You can find there hundreds of Ruby, Python and PHP developers. They are experienced, have many projects completed. Which one will be chosen by the new employers? Sometimes employers spend only a few second reading a candidate’s portfolio. Zend Certified Engineer for a PHP developer can change these few seconds into one of the most important project in your life.

Do not forget to read our QA session with Debbie Otterstetter from Zend.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become Zend Certified Engineer PHP

You must pass the Zend 200-530 exam.

Format of the Exam

You have 90 minutes to answer a set of 70 multi-choice questions.

Where You Can Pass the Zend Certified Engineer PHP Exam

You can pass the exam in the nearest Pearson VUE IT certification center.

How Much Does the Zend Certified Engineer PHP Exam Cost

Exam costs $195.
If you are a Zend Certified Engineer PHP certified and want to upgrade to ZCE PHP 5.3, the exam will cost you $125.

How To Renew Your Zend Certified Engineer PHP Certification

ZCE PHP is valid lifelong, but concentrates on a certain version. In this example 5.3.

Scope of the ZCE PHP exam

To pass the ZCE PHP exam you need to know and understand few topics.

  • PHP Basics
  • Functions
  • Data Format & Types
  • Web Features
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Security
  • I/O operations
  • Strings, Patterns and Arrays
  • Work with Databases

The actual scope of the ZCE PHP 5.3 exam is describe on the Zend website.

How To Prepare to the ZCE PHP Exam

The best way is a self-study preparation.

  • Books that will help you with the preparation process:
  • Official materials

You should practice everything. Zend Certified Engineer PHP 5.3 isn’t based on the mySQL. Zend suggests that you should know the SQL standard and not a specific implementation, but for the lab exam almost all developers prepare on the LAMP bundle.

You can find many blog posts about preparations to the Zend Certified Engineer certifications:
DragonBe, Evilprofessor, Lornajane, Devzone, PHPRiot.

Examples of Job Opportunities

Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with ZCE PHP please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: Are there any benefits from Zend, after passing the Zend Certified Engineer PHP programming certification?
A: Your profile will be displayed on the Zend Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals. Zend will add you to the special LinkedIn group for ZCEs. You will receive a FREE perpetual copy of Zend Studio and the Zend Server Developer license. After the first of March, 2012 you will get perpetual Zend Studio license and priority access to the Zend Developer cloud !!!

Q: Will I receive a certification from Zend?
A: Zend will send you a free paper diploma.

Q: I’m certified and want to upgrade to ZCE PHP 5.3. Where can I find this voucher for $125.
A: You must send an email to Zend’s Certification Team with your current ZCE number.

Q: I have heard that Zend Technologies has the best PHP trainings. Is it true?
A: Yes, it is true. Zend Technologies has in the offer a lot of PHP Training Courses.