Does this sound familiar: You want to become a Sitecore certified professional but due to the amount of work you simply cannot attend a multiple day classroom training course? Good news! We now offer online training courses for developers, business users, and marketers that you can take at your own pace from any location in the world! And for those who are experienced Sitecore developers and don’t need the training but do want to get certified, we have good news as well: You can now take the Sitecore Professional Developer Certification Exam without the requirement to take additional Sitecore-sponsored training first.
One of the hot topics during MVP Summits, User Group conferences, and other events has always been Sitecore training and certification. People have been asking what our plans were for online training and certification. We gathered all your feedback and are now introducing four new eLearning courses as well as online certification.
So what eLearning courses do we offer?
These four new eLearning courses are available on January 30, 2017:
- Sitecore Developer Foundations
The free Developer Foundations course teaches students how to create data infrastructure, build editable pages, and publish content. During the course, you will build a basic website using the powerful and easy-to-use Sitecore XP tools. Students also build simple MVC components using a text editor and minimal coding.
- Sitecore Experience Solution Developer
This course teaches ASP.NET MVC Web Developers with advanced C# skills to build robust MVC solutions that integrate with the content management system and marketing capabilities of Sitecore 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2. The course covers MVC design patterns such as separations of concerns, unit testing, and dependency injection as well as how to build data-driven applications using the Sitecore Services Client. This course prepares .NET developers for the Sitecore Professional Developer Certification Exam. When a developer passes the exam, he or she becomes a Sitecore Certified Professional Developer with associated benefits, including access to our support portal.
- Sitecore Context Marketing Fundamentals
This course is designed to help marketers, marketing analysts, marketing directors, and customer service representatives get started with context marketing. You will learn about Sitecore’s experience marketing features and how to use them to deliver relevant content to customers.
- Sitecore Web Experience Management
This course is designed for content authors, marketers, business users, and designers who want to learn about Sitecore XP 8.0, 8.1, and 8.2 content editing features and how to preview and publish content to their website. This course also teaches you to use rules-based personalization to increase the relevance of website content.
What are the benefits?
The biggest benefit is the flexibility you get when taking part in an eLearning course. You can plan the course according to your own calendar. The courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You won’t have to travel to participate, lowering the total costs and time needed.
In addition, it is possible to do the certification exam online without the requirement to enroll in the course first. So if you are confident that you are skilled enough, you can take the exam directly.
The exam itself has been developed by Sitecore subject matter experts, MVPs, and trainers. In addition, it’s an internationally recognized industry certification. For partners, this guarantees that they have skilled people working for them. For developers, it is a way of demonstrating their expertise.
Besides the official certificate, you will also receive access to Sitecore downloads and access to technical support, including the ability to create support tickets (exclusively for the Sitecore Experience Solution Developer certification).
Whether you are new to Sitecore or are an experienced veteran, there is no reason not to certify yourself on the latest version of Sitecore. You can follow the course at your own pace, or take only the certification exam.
So, go and join the thousands of developers worldwide who are certified Sitecore 8.x developers! Visit sitecore.net/training for more information on pricing and enrollment.
Pieter Brinkman is Director of Technical Marketing at Sitecore. Follow him on Twitter @pieterbrink123.