In June this year we invested in up-skilling our development team with their official Episerver CMS certifications.

Without revealing any spoilers about the exam or getting into hot water with team Episerver we’d like to share some tips from our experiences of taking the exam, along with how we prepared. The exam typically has a 50% pass rate so hopefully in this blog we can help any potential candidates with their studies.

Build a few websites in Episerver

This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t even consider going for the exam unless you have at least 1 or 2 Episerver CMS websites under your belt. Some of our recent Episerver CMS projects include Power NI, Travel Department and Telestack.

Study, Study, Study!

There is a wealth of information out there on the web, so get busy reading.

  • We recommend: Joel Abrahamsson’s book – A Book About Episerver Development
  • Read (and understand) the 7.5 Developer Guides, they cover most of the areas that you may be quizzed against as a Developer
  • Get the Administrator and Editor User Guides for Episerver CMS 7.5
  • Have a snoop around the blogs on Episerver World and be sure to subscribe / favourite so you can stay updated

Use it like a user

Get busy using any of your Episerver websites (or the Alloy sample site) and make sure you’ve had a play about using the site as an editor, approver, and as an administrator. Ensure you know all about how to setup personalisation and visitor groups, localisation, localising content, how to find and navigate to certain features. Brush up on how the admin user interface works and all the features. As developers it’s not uncommon for us to have a greater knowledge of how things work and fit together under the hood, rather than how the user uses it. Therefore, it is important to take the time to get a deeper understanding of how users use and interact with the system. This will also give you an appreciation of how your clients are going to use the system you provide them.

Read the question and then read it again

The question structure for this exam will remind you of any Microsoft exams you might have taken; question/scenario and asked to pick the answer (or answers) that apply or do not apply. Each question is divided into the core areas: product knowledge, installation, advanced concepts. Obviously the questions are set to test your knowledge on the topic so our tip would be — make sure you don’t rush and pick the answer(s) straight away; read the question a couple of times, then make your selection, then review your answer before you move on. If you are not 100% certain on your answer, there is the option to leave the question and re-visit at the end. This was a very handy feature.

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