In August 2020, all Magento 2 certifications have been transferred to the Adobe certification program, as my colleague Sonja has written here. You can still take certification exams online and in test centers, but the process is different now. I have already described the old process to take online Magento certification exams in the past. Now it’s time for a new step-by-step description as the process is not intuitive in all parts.
The starting point: CertMetrics
Adobe uses the CertMetrics service to organize certifications. Your first step is always this URL:
You will be requested to login with your Adobe account. Please do so – if you don’t have an Adobe account yet, please create it now using the “Create an account” button.
Upon your first visit, you will get some warnings that your profile information is incomplete:
Click on “Update my Profile” below. You can fill in your data now. For me, it looks like this:
If you don’t work at an Adobe partner, you can select the Candidate Type “Customer”. If you don’t want to enter a company name at all, just choose “Customer” as the Company Name:
After that you can continue with scheduling an exam.
Schedule an Exam
You can now select “Schedule/Modify Exam Appointment” from the CertMetrics Dashboard at https://www.certmetrics.com/adobe/:
You will see a list of all possible exams. Go to “Adobe Magento Commerce” for the Magento exams. You can now select the exam (in this example it’s the “Magento Commerce Cloud Developer”).
On the right, you have two different links for each exam:
Both are certification providers which have the infrastructure to do the actual exams. Both provide online exams, but if you want to take your exam offline, you have to choose PSI.
This is also a good time to check the System Requirements. For PSI, you can find them here.
I decided for PSI, as it’s the more established solution.
You will be redirected to the PSI platform then. There, you will see your selected exam type – don’t worry that it only says “Magento Commerce Developer” in the title. As long as the number (here: “AD0-E706”) matches your selected exam, you are fine.
Click “Schedule Exam”.
You can then select whether you want to take the exam offline (“Test Center”) or online (“Remote Online Proctored Exam”).
You can then select date and time.
Please note that you can start your exam 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled time, but no more than 15 minutes later.
You will receive the following confirmation screen:
After clicking “Continue”, you will be forwarded to the payment section:
If you work at an Adobe partner, you are eligible for a discount – typically 33%. To get a voucher, you have to write to the Solution Partner Portal support at firstname.lastname@example.org. In my case, they answered on the same day and provided a working coupon.
After finishing checkout (credit card only!), you get a confirmation and an overview of your scheduled test:
This is the information I received via email – click to enlarge:
The actual Exam
It’s a bit tricky to find the place where you can actually do the exam when the scheduled date and time have approached. There is no direct link to the exam – you must go through CertMetrics again. This is the way which worked for me – I am not sure if there is a shorter way (there should be one!). The way which was outlined in the registration email (“To launch your exam, log into your Adobe Credential Manager Account (where you registered to take the exam) and click on “Click here to log in to PSI.” You will be sent to the PSI Dashboard. Once on the PSI Dashboard, navigate to the scheduled exam and click “Launch Exam” button.”) didn’t work for me as I couldn’t find that link.
- Go to CertMetrics
- Choose “Schedule/Modify Exam Appointment” as before when registering for your exam
- Choose any exam and click on the “PSI” link (you will be logged in to PSI then with your Adobe credentials)
- Go to the “PSI” dashboard
- You will then see your upcoming exam with the button “Launch Exam” being active. Click on the “Launch Exam” button. Everything else will be explained to you.
PSI is using a secure browser which you will need to download – you will find the installer in the instructions. During the installation, you will be asked to shut down other apps like browsers, screenshot tools, screensharing tools and some more. The secure browser will check for those automatically and will only continue once you closed all of those.
After that, you can choose your camera if you have more than one. You will be contacted by a proctor via chat. He/she will ask you to present your ID and to point your webcam around the room.
Once that is finished, the test will start. It’s self-explanatory. You see one question after another, and you will know how many answers are expected for each question. You can also jump between questions and mark questions for later review. When you have answered all questions, you can choose to finish the test.
After that, you will directly receive a provisional result. In my case, I received the final results on the next day.
In general, the Adobe certification process works as well as the old Magento certification process, with a few minor flaws:
- I’d have liked to have some more information before booking the exam, especially the additional information which was included in the registration email.
- The price of an exam should be visible before scheduling it.
- There should be a more intuitive way to reach the place where you can actually launch the exam.
- I would have loved to see the number of correctly answered questions.
The exam itself went pretty smoothly from a technical point of view.
I hope you find the above information useful when registering for your own exam.
Author: Andreas von Studnitz
Andreas von Studnitz is a Magento developer and one of the Managing Directors at integer_net. His main areas of interest are backend development, Magento consulting and giving developer trainings. He is a Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer Plus and holds several other Magento certifications for both Magento 1 and Magento 2. Andreas was selected as a Magento Master in 2019 and 2020.