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FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Of course there will be lots of questions on this topic, therefore we will collect most interesting questions and answers here...

Why should I certify?

There a plenty of good reasons to get yourself certified, read about them here.

What is the exam like?

The exam is computer based, consists of about 75 multiple choice questions in English and you have 90 minutes to complete the test.

Can I take the exam in my native language?

The exam can only be taken in English.

What will be tested?

Your profound knowledge will be tested about concepts of TYPO3 and TypoScript. Have a look at the objectives and the question examples. Please note that as of now all exam questions refer to version TYPO3 4.6.

Are there example questions?

A couple of examples you can find here.

Can I contribute questions?

Yes, we want to steadily extend our pool of questions , if you want to take part in that, you are welcome, please contact the question collection team.

How can I prepare for the exam?

If you don't feel fit enough already, you can improve your knowledge about TYPO3 by reading the documents suggested here (amongst a lot of others). Also there is an english official integrator studyguide if you are into (e)books.

Where and when can I take the exam?

You can take an exam anywhere and anytime in 175 countries and more than 5'000 test centers.

Choose a Pearson VUE test venue near you.

Can I just walk in and be tested?

No, you have to register in advance.

Do I have to sign off if I decide not to come?

If you wish to cancel your exam, you must cancel online 48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Cancelling an exam less than 48 hours prior to your appointment or missing your exam will result in forfeiting your exam fees.

TYPO3 and Pearson VUE will not be held responsible for expenses incurred beyond the cost of the test, including but not limited to travel expense and lost wages on the day of the test.

What happens if I do not show up for the exam?

If you do not sign off 48 hours in advance at all and fail to attend the exam you will be charged the full amount!

How much does is cost?

Members of the TYPO3 association will be charged € 150,00 to take the exam, non-members pay 200,00 €. Employees of a company, which is a supporting company member of the TYPO3 association, can take the exam for 150,00 €.

As a Bronze member (i.e. personal membership) you get one non transferable voucher per year, a Silver member gets three, Gold members 10 and Platinum members get 20 vouchers per year for their employees.

Who get's the money I pay for my certification?

Parts of the revenue go to PearsonVUE and some is spent for organizational stuff.

The rest of your money will directly go to the TYPO3 Association and will be spent on improving the TYPO3 project (programming, documentation).

Do I get a refund if I don't pass?

No. Sorry.

Can I get a group discount?

We are sorry, at the moment we do not offer group discounts.

Is there a discount for TYPO3 Association members?

If you are a TYPO3 Association member, you can apply for a discount voucher (to pay 150 Euro instead of 200): As a Bronze member (i.e. personal membership) you get one non transferable voucher per year, a Silver member gets three, Gold members 10 and Platinum members get 20 vouchers per year for their employees.

Send a mail to certification@typo3.org stating your membership number, Company name and your name.

Can I transfer my discount voucher to somebody else?

The discount vouchers are nontransferable. You can not transfer a voucher received for your company to anybody else.

You can use a voucher only once.

Do I have to bring anything with me?

Please be prepared to show one form of photographic ID, including a full name and signature. You will not be permitted to test if you fail to show an acceptable form of ID; this will result in a forfeit of your test fee.

No personal items may be taken into the testing room. This includes all bags, books not authorised by the sponsor, notes, phones, pagers, watches and wallets.

 

Also have a look at the checklist and organizational information before attending the exam.

Can I bring my own notebook / book / paper / pencil?

No. You will be provided with everything you need, you must not take anything with you into the testing room.

Will I be informed immediately on whether I passed?

Yes, you'll get the information right after finishing your exam.

Can I take the exam again if I do not pass?

Yes, you can take the exam as many times as you like, but after every failed attempt there will be a 2 months waiting time, until you can try again.

If I pass, what do I get?

You get a printed certification signed by the TYPO3 Association. It will take a couple of weeks (at least 3 weeks) until you get that by snail mail. Your name will be listed on the TYPO3 certification website. Additionally you can put a nice banner on your website.

Do you inform me about the score I have reached in the exam?

No, we do not reveal any information about your score. And we also will not publicly reveal the cut score or the pass rate for any exam.

Questions are rated by a group of renowned TYPO3 subject matter experts (SME). Combining their ratings, the difficulty level of each question is assessed. The questions in a specific exam are randomly taken from a large question pool. Thus exams do not necessarily have the same level of difficulty. In other words: When you take an exam with lots of easy questions the cut score will be higher than in an exam with many difficult questions. So comparing correct answers or cut scores between exams never makes sense.

If you are interested in the cutscore determination feel free to continue your reading here.

How long is the certification valid?

The certificate is valid for 36 months (issue date).

This takes into consideration the fact that TYPO3 and the web in general change very quickly. Only a continuous adaption and recertification process will ensure the optimal quality of Certified TYPO3 Integrators. The 36-month period ensures adequate security of investment for the Integrator and at the same time provides security for everyone who relies on the up-to-date nature of the certificate. With a time limit of three years the version restriction no longer applies, thus the certification does not have to be dependent upon version numbers.

Previously issued certificates will continue to be valid, as before, for all versions of TYPO3 in the 4.x branch without an expiration date.

See also:

typo3.org/news/article/new-rules-for-typo3-certification-validity/

Can I use questions from the exam I remember for any purpose?

You will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement before taking the exam concerning the exam's content, and we strongly ask you not to publish or make known specific questions in any way. Thank you very much. You can check the NDA in advance, see organizational information.

Can I use the term 'Certified TYPO3 CMS Integrator' on my resume, CV or business card?

Of course, we encourage you to do so.

Can/should I help to promote the certification program?

The certification program's goal is to improve quality in the field of TYPO3 for both professionals and customers. If you think, this is a good thing, please do help to publicize the certification's importance. You can use banners to encourage people to get certfied. If you are certified yourself, use the appropriate banners or print versions if you like to. Thank you very much.

Am I granted access to the records?

No, we cannot allow you to examine the files.

Why we do not grant access:

  1. First of all examining the exam will not help you in any way since we will not give you any information which question has been answered wrong or correct.
  2. The administrative overhead would be far too big. And we do not want to rise the price for the certification just because of a few people.
  3. In case of doubt we cross check the exams. So the source of errors should be as low as ever possible.

BTW: We keep every exam 6 months. After this period we destroy the documents irrevocable.