Are you a FileMaker Certified Developer?
Why should you care? Why should your customers care?
How do you study for the Certification exam?
FileMaker Inc., has released the Developer Certification exam for the FileMaker 16 Platform. In their words:
“This credential demonstrates to clients, peers and management that you have achieved an essential level of knowledge, experience, and skills in developing on the FileMaker Platform.”
Candidates who pass the exam receive the FileMaker 16 Certified Developer credential.
Why get Certified?
This is the only industry certification available for FileMaker developers. While it does necessarily mean you are a great developer, it does give you the best chance of being great. Passing the exam means that you have a competent level of knowledge of the FileMaker Platform.
FileMaker Inc., lists the benefits of Developer Certification. These include:
- Expand your FileMaker developer skill set
- Stay up-to-date on current FileMaker technologies
- Increase your credibility (“dev cred”)
- Promote yourself with the FileMaker Certification logo
- Preferred listing on the FileMaker website (FBA only)
How do you prepare for the exam?
There is an exam study guide provided on the FileMaker web site. FileMaker recommend “at least 6 months of development experience with the FileMaker Platform before attempting the exam”.
While there is nothing better than hands-on experience with FileMaker products, many people still struggle with what to study and how to study in each of the areas identified. The exam covers areas where you may not have had any practical development experience. So what do you need to know?
Do a Certification Preparation course
uLearnIT is seeking expressions of interest from people to attend a Certification Preparation course. This course is written and presented by David Head. He is a Certified Developer in every version of the FileMaker Platform beginning with version 7.
David has successfully run this course for previous FileMaker versions. Many people attending not only passed the exam, but also recognised benefits in how they approach and develop their FileMaker solutions.
The course does not “teach to the exam”. David covers materials that will be in the exam and also material that will not (but probably could be). He presents material from the point of view of “why is this important to a FileMaker Developer?”. The presentations and exercises will make you question your ideas about FileMaker products. You will think more about how they work and why they behave the way they do.
For example, when a FileMaker script is run with Full Access privileges, does that present any security risk? Can a user get access to parts of the solution that they should not? How do this feature actually work? What Get functions are affected by running a script in this way?
The course is a series of intense study sessions over consecutive days. There is a combination of theory and group exercises. Group discussion should challenge your ideas about how FileMaker works.
You will think about content from the point of view of what is important and what you really need to know. The exercises will give you skills to go and investigate parts of FileMaker in a structured way. It will get you thinking the right way.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) now open
uLearnIT is calling for expressions of interest in attending a Developer Certification Preparation course. This course will not be able to be run in every location. We are looking for locations where there is enough interest to make the courses viable. We will need a minimum of eight (8) participants in any location to schedule a course.
If you express interest in the course, there is no commitment on your part to attend and the expression is not an enrolment. When course locations and dates are confirmed, we will open limited enrolment. People who express interest will be given first priority.
If you are interested in this course, please fill out the EOI survey at:
If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] or use the contact form on this web site.