How to prepare for the Magento 2 Professional Front-End Developer certification

AN OVERVIEW ABOUT THE EXAM

The Magento 2 Certified Professional Front End Developer exam is primarily a scenario-based exam and is used to validate the skills and knowledge needed to understand Magento’s theming components and the ability to modify the user interface according to best practices.

This exam is for a Magento 2 Front End Developer with a deep understanding of Magento 2 fundamentals and with 1.5 years or more of experience with Magento 2.

 

THE FORMAT OF THE EXAM

  • – 60 Multiple Choice questions
  • – 90 minutes
  • – A score of 63% or higher is needed to pass the exam
  • – Based on Magento Open Source (2.2) and Magento Commerce (2.2), but applicable to those using any version of Magento 2.
  • – No hard-copy or online materials are allowed during the exam

 

PREPARING FOR THE EXAM

Similar to the last time, we asked Eric (who by the time has gathered a Solution Specialist, a Professional Developer and a Professional Front End Developer certification) a few questions to learn how he prepared for the exam to give you guys some tips.

 

How would you compare the Magento 2 Professional Frontend Developer’s exam to the Magento 2 Professional Developer’s?

 

There is one thing the Magento 2 Professional Developer and the Magento 2 Professional Frontend Developer Exam has in common, it is the hands-on experience that plays the most important part.

Most of the questions in the exam are context-based, meaning you have to give your answer as a solution in a specific circumstance. For example: If you want to customize the layout ONLY for a product with a specific SKU, how do you implement it? 2 ways: You can update the layout of the product on the backend by editing “Layout XML update” in product edit. Or, customize in your theme code base under “catalog_product_view_sku_<that-product-SKU>.xml”.

The questions are about your deep understanding of Magento Frontend, that includes: Layout Processing, Theme Customizing, Styling with LESS & CSS, and Frontend functionalities that can be configured in the back end.

Knowledge about Syntax is a must for the exam, learn different ways to customize a functionality, which way has a higher priority.

 

Is there any section that you found to be particularly easier or harder than the rest?

I wouldn’t say there is no easy & hard part. There is just a lot of sections you need to cover. I have covered all the sections before taking the exam, so I was pretty confident.

 

Any further advice for the people looking to take the certification?

The Frontend exam is pretty fun for me personally because I have always liked context-based questions. The exam is very specific, so I would advice to debug deeply into the core of Magento, try as many ways as possible to customize a function. What is the best way? What will override the others?

The exam comes down to whether you have been customizing a lot of Magento 2 Frontend, so if you are, the certificate is as good as yours.

If you’re looking for documentation, I’d suggest the base Magento 2 Frontend Developer Guide, you can find it here: https://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.2/frontend-dev-guide/bk-frontend-dev-guide.html. It has all the sections you need to cover, although, they’re just headlines and are not very specific so the rest is up to you.

 

Thank you, Eric. Have a nice day!

Thanks, you too.

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