Dawn Russell of Artisan Web and Print Earns Joomla! Administrator Certification

During the 2016 Joomla! World Conference, Dawn Russell of Artisan Web and Print, passed the certification exam and became a Certified Web Administrator for Joomla. As of November 2016, only seven Americans are certified in the use and implementation of Joomla! for building and managing websites. The testing process consists of a rigorous, 90 minute, completely secure test that ensures all areas of the software are fully comprehended at an advanced level. The Joomla! Certification Program has been created to ensure the competence of Joomla! professionals through documented measurement of skills and knowledge. The program aims to establish a certain standard whilst promoting a qualified workforce. 

The exam included questions from each of the major areas that comprise the web development platform including 

 

 

 

  • Joomla! Architecture
  • Preparing and installing Joomla!
  • Website Structure
  • Managing and Editing Articles
  • Managing Users and Access (ACL)
  • Managing Menus
  • Security and Maintenance
  • Upgrading the System
  • Managing Extensions
  • Multilingual Sites

 

 

Prior to the exam a number of Joomla experts (aka Joomlers) organized study groups to share areas of knowledge in the collaborative spirit. Below you'll see Robbie Adair of A-Team Media in Houston, Texas and Sander Potjer of Perfect Web Team in the Netherlands and myself gathered together to review the exam material and exchange ideas. Sarah Watz, the president of Open Source Matters, conducted the exam and provided support during the process. The exam was challenging and hit all areas of the software from installation, to content creation, to updates to language. Thankfully, Viktor Vogel of Plesk in Karlsruhe, Germany spent an hour with me prior to the exam demonstrating the intricacies of multi-lingual setup within Joomla. While I have used almost every other configuration within the software, my multi-lingual skills were rusty! The time spent studying with Viktor went to good use as 10% of the questions within the exam included details about how to handle sites that are in more than one language. 

Goals of the Joomla! Certification Program

 

Establish a standard

Establish a standard

A certification can go a long way towards establishing a standard for what a Joomla professional should know. While a certification isn't a replacement for experience, knowledge and a solid portfolio of work, it can show employers and the Joomla community that this professional is someone who has a high level of knowledge about Joomla. It can also show that this certified individual takes their place in the Joomla! community seriously.

Ensure competence and develop a qualified workforce

Ensure competence and develop a qualified workforce

As the Joomla! Certification Program grows and strengthens within the community, training and documentation will follow suit. The availability of better and more easily accessible resources will help to ensure that Joomla's workforce continues to improve. While Joomla! currently has a strong set of trainers actively teaching and helping people to learn how to build and maintain websites with Joomla!, a professional certification can unify some of this knowledge and provide a measurable level of competence where needed.

Provide a documented measurement of knowledge

Provide a documented measurement of knowledge

Along with training and documentation, the development of a clear roadmap for study and skill building will be key to showing the IT community what a Joomla Certified professional should know. The skill set of a Joomla! Administrator or Developer will become clearer and more transparent to potential employers and business partners. It will also give Joomla professionals themselves a clear benchmark to see where they stand in their own career development.

Important role in choosing a Joomla! service provider

Important role in choosing a Joomla! service provider

Building a strong database of qualified professionals will be a key issue for the Joomla Certification Project. This can be an excellent starting point for those seeking out Joomla! Administrators and Developers. We aim to help build trust within the IT community for Joomla! resources and skills, and we aim to support our awesome community the best we can.

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