Acquia Certified Front End Specialist Exam

Acquia Certified Front End Specialist Exam

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The Certified Front End Specialist exam is part of Acquia's Drupal certification program. The exam consists of 60 scenario-based questions that show your ability to design, develop and deploy Drupal-based solutions focusing on the front end, including basic architecture best practices for site building and theme development. We've gathered together a concise list of the Drupalize.Me tutorials, and other resources, that will help you prepare for Acquia's Certified Front End Specialist exam for both Drupal 7 and 8.

We have guides for the other Acquia exams listed in our Acquia Certification Exam Preparation guide.

1.0: Fundamental web development concepts

In this section of the exam you need to demonstrate knowledge of HTML and CSS, PHP, JavaScript and jQuery programming concepts, along with being able to demonstrate the use of responsive design concepts.

1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of HTML and CSS

1.2 Identify PHP programming concepts

1.3 Identify Javascript and jQuery programming concepts

1.4 Demonstrate knowledge of Responsive Design concepts

General Knowledge

While not part of the exam, we feel this is an important tool for front-end developers.

2.0: Theming concepts

Generally, you should be familiar with our overviews of Drupal theming, which cover the fundamentals of creating a new theme, working with regions, CSS, and understanding sub-themes.

Drupal 8

You should be familiar with everything in our complete Drupal 8 Theming Guide.

For specific sub-sections of the exam:

2.1 Demonstrate ability to define and use custom regions in a theme

2.2 Demonstrate ability to work with Theme Configuration

2.3 Demonstrate knowledge of working with Stylesheets

2.4 Demonstrate knowledge of working with Javascript in a theme

2.5 Demonstrate knowledge of working with Breakpoints in a theme

2.6 Demonstrate ability to build a sub-theme from a base theme

Drupal 7

You should be familiar with our series that cover the full spectrum of theming in Drupal 7:

3.0: Templates and preprocess functions

This section of the exam will assess your ability to work with core theme templates, as well as creating your own, and modifying your output using the Render API and preprocess functions.

Drupal 8

You should be generally familiar with all of the material in the Drupal 8 Theming Guide.

For specific sub-sections of the exam:

3.1 Demonstrate ability to use Twig syntax

3.2 Demonstrate ability to build and customize core templates for managing markup

3.3 Demonstrate ability to work with template suggestions

3.4 Demonstrate ability to write template pre-process functions for overriding custom output

3.5 Demonstrate ability to use Form Alter and Template Suggestions Alter

Drupal 7

The Advanced Theming for Drupal 7 covers templates and preprocessing.

4.0: Layout configuration

This section of the exam is focused on configuration of core Drupal tools, like Blocks and Views, instead of front-end code work. Views is very similar between Drupal 7 and 8, so the version for tutorials does not matter in this instance. Blocks are also similar, although in Drupal 8 they have some additional features.

4.1 Demonstrate ability to create and configure Blocks for building layouts

4.2 Demonstrate ability to create and configure Views for building content list pages, blocks and feeds

4.3 Demonstrate ability to configure and use Responsive Image module (Drupal 8)

There are 3 tutorials in the Drupal 8 Theming Guide about this module, beginning with:

5.0 Performance

5.1 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve site performance issues arising from site configuration

5.2 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve site performance issues arising from custom theme

6.0 Security

6.1 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve security issues arising from site configuration

6.2 Demonstrate ability to analyze and resolve security issues arising from site custom theme

General knowledge

These are not required for the exam, but we feel these are fundamentals that all front-end specialists should be familiar with.