CertifyWP has launched its first credentialing exam for a WordPress Management and Design Credential. The non-profit organization was founded by Talisha Lewallen with the goals of helping job seekers better demonstrate their skills to potential employers and giving businesses a way to understand prospective employees’ skills.
The new credential costs $150 for the exam and includes three courses towards mastering frontend development:
Many of items under the beginner and intermediate levels of the credential essentially describe a WordPress “power user,” or someone who knows their way around the platform and its more advanced features, including skills like navigating the admin panel, hosting, web optimization, and more.
CertifyWP administers a proctored exam for the credential and those who meet the requirements will be required to re-take the exam every three years to maintain their credentialing. The exam will be updated as necessary by CertifyWP’s advisory board.
There are 110 questions in the exam, spread over three levels, as well as a practical component. The questions must be answered within 60 minutes with 80% for a passing score. Examinees do not have to take CertifyWP’s course in order to be eligible for the exam – it’s open to anyone who wants to take it.
Lewallen is also the owner of WPConnects, a company that helps military veterans get training while they are on active duty and then provides them with mentors and assistance with employment when they leave the military. In a recent WP Tavern Jukebox podcast episode she discussed how this work led to her starting CertifyWP with the help of the WordPress community.
Lewallen will also be speaking at Atarim’s Web Agency Summit on April 25, about the importance of credentials in the WordPress workforce, the differences between credentials and certificates, and how credentials can be leveraged in the search for employment.
So I have to pay $150 every three years to get some paper saying I am good with WordPress? Even though I’ve been doing it since around 2005. I have a portfolio. Interesting.
Why is this “paper” worth more than any other similar credential? What makes it worth more than the paper and ink on it?