The Joomla! Administrator Certificate appears to suffering teething problems.
It was announced in the Joomla! Community Magazine on 9 October 2016 that there are to be some significant changes made in how the exam is to be administered.
These changes follow the first 4 exam sessions which took place in September 2016.
The planned changes
- Change in Question Sets.
- Change in Scoring System.
- Multi-Tier Proof Reading by Question Writers.
- Additional Time.
In summary, candidates will now be allowed 2 hours (increased from 90 minutes) to sit the Joomla! Administrator Certificate exam.
There will be no change in the number of questions (60) meaning candidates will have just 2 minutes to answer each question.
The quality of questions will be improved as a result of improved proof reading.
And the Scoring System will be changed.
With the benefit of hindsight would it not have been better for the exam to be piloted and improvements made prior to launch?
It would certainly be good to see the new exam being piloted and thoroughly evaluated prior to its launch.
We would also like to see the more information being shared with candidates and tutors about the changes made.
For example: Sample Questions and even Sample Exam Papers and Mark Schemes (if questions are weighted) to enable tutors to properly prepare candidates for the exam.
The current FAQs do not go far enough to help candidates prepare.
After all, candidates have to pay to sit the exam.
About the Joomla! Certification Programme
The Joomla! Certification Programme was created to "ensure the competence of Joomla professionals through a tangible measurement of skills and knowledge".
FOUR reasons for the new certification programme
- Establish a standard.
- Ensure competence and develop a qualified workforce.
- Provide a documented measurement of knowledge.
- Help Joomlers choose a service provider.
"Professional certification can play an important role in the decision of a company or business owner when hiring skilled individuals for specific roles".
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