Gaining certifications that prove your Magento skills are important to agencies in proving that they can tackle many Magento challenges. Becoming a certified Magento developer provides an advantage when competing for work against other agencies.
Magento certifications prove we can code
The certifications are equally as important to a freelance Magento developer for similar reasons when competing with other developers for work. It also shows companies that you are the right person to work on their Magento store.
Whilst it's obvious that the qualifications help after you've completed the exams and you've got the proof to show it, I found that the build up to the certifications exams really helped me learn key areas of the Magento platform.
This also gives you ability to judge whether Magento stores have been coded correctly to Magento's coding standards. When studying for the certification exams, you are well drilled in the coding approach that Magento want to teach you. After providing site audits to many clients in the past, it was obvious to see which stores were built poorly and which were built to Magento's best practices.
With the results found, I was able to give recommendations on improving businesses' websites, such as improving page speed performance which eventually increased sales.
You learn a lot when studying
When I first started learning Magento, I first tackled frontend related issues including layout and template file tweaks, as well as the odd CSS changes. Whilst I felt comfortable carrying out these tasks, I was aware that I still didn't fully understand how Magento's layout XML worked. I also hadn't even considered tackling the scary thought that was Magento Modules.
Naturally, the first certification exam I took was the Frontend Developer one. Within the build up to taking the test, I mainly focused on the layout XML configuration topic, knowing that this could feature in many of the chapters the exam covers.
Whilst getting to grips with Magento's layout architecture, over time I found myself understanding the principles a lot more. By testing out examples on a demo store and reading online tutorials, I suddenly found that I could answer the majority of sample questions in preparation for the exam.
This was similar to when I studied for the Developer exam. I was able to learn how the basics of Magento modules work, database principles and how attributes are used in the application. This was something that, when looking back to my earlier Magento days, I'd never thought I'd be able to learn what I thought was a very complicated process at the time.
It's hard to say whether I would have learned these Magento fundamentals if I wasn't studying for the exams. The answer is probably yes, due to working on many Magento stores when I worked for agencies, but not within a reasonable time frame.
If you are looking for a freelance Magento developer to help develop on your website, I would strongly recommend hiring a certified Magento developer based on their all round knowledge of Magento and how sites should be coded.
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