The Zend Certified PHP Engineer and Zend Framework Certification programs are created and monitored by an independent advisory board whose members contribute heavily to PHP and Zend Framework open source projects. Zend Certification exams follow accepted industry standards to test technical knowledge and skills needed in today’s job market and are recognized as the Industry Standard for PHP exams. The exams are offered through more than 4,000 Pearson Vue testing centers worldwide. Zend offers comprehensive Study Guides and Test Prep Classes to help you achieve your certification goal.
Zend PHP Certification is an industry-wide standard that recognizes PHP expertise and is a measure of distinction that employers use to evaluate prospective employees.
The Zend certificate covers a lot of ground, from basic concepts like the syntax, operators or language constructs, to all of the different features of the PHP like working with files, string and array manipulation, handling sessions, cookies and form data etc.
During the exam you may be also asked about databases and SQL, basics of HTTP requests or different data types (JSON, XML etc.). So if you want to get the certificate you will have to get familiar with all aspects of the language, not only the ones that are, for example, needed in your work right now. As a result, you may gain a wider perspective on PHP itself and find some tools or solutions that you didn’t know of before. You may also discover some areas that you are weak in and get motivated to work on them.
The basic goal of getting certified is to get a formal confirmation of your programming skills. After passing the exam you can describe yourself as a Zend Certified Engineer (e.g. in your CV) and you will be listed in the directory containing all of those who passed.
Exam details and list of Exam Topics: PHP certification topics.
I passed exam on 26 Oct, 2016 and I am listed on Zend Yellow Pages under candidate ID ZEND029309