Software Development Qualifications
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect
To become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect, individuals must pass the AWS Solutions Architect certification exam, which covers a range of topics related to AWS architecture, including cloud computing, storage, security, and networking. The certification is offered at two levels: Associate and Professional, with the Professional level requiring more advanced knowledge and experience.
Job Roles: Cloud Solutions Architect, AWS Solutions Architect, Cloud Consultant, DevOps Engineer, Cloud Security Architect
AWS Certified Developer
An AWS Certified Developer has demonstrated proficiency in developing and maintaining applications on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Specifically, an AWS Certified Developer has the skills and knowledge required to design, develop, deploy, and maintain cloud-based applications using AWS services such as AWS Lambda, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS EC2, and AWS DynamoDB. Writing code in languages such as Python, Java, or Node.js, to integrate with AWS services and APIs
Job Roles: AWS Developer: This is a general term used to describe developers who specialize in working with AWS technologies. AWS Developers may work on various aspects of application development, deployment, and maintenance on AWS infrastructure.
Cloud Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Solutions Architect, Software Development Manager
AWS Certified DevOps Engineer
The AWS Certified DevOps Engineer has achieved a certification from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that demonstrates their expertise in designing, provisioning, operating, and managing distributed application systems on the AWS platform using DevOps practices.
This certificate validates the candidate's understanding of various DevOps tools and practices such as continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD), automation of infrastructure, configuration management, monitoring and logging, and security on AWS. The AWS Certified DevOps Engineer certificate is intended for individuals who have experience in implementing and managing AWS services and DevOps practices and can demonstrate their ability to automate and streamline processes in order to deliver software more quickly and reliably.
To obtain the AWS Certified DevOps Engineer certification, candidates must pass an exam that covers a wide range of topics related to DevOps on AWS, such as deployment strategies, monitoring and logging, security and compliance, and automation of infrastructure.
Job Roles: AWS DevOps Engineer
Microsoft Azure and Cloud
Certified Microsoft Azure Developer
The Microsoft Certified Azure Developer certificate is a qualification that validates a developer's ability to design, build, test, and maintain cloud solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform.
To gain the certificate, a developer must pass the Microsoft Azure Developer Associate exam, which tests their knowledge of Azure development tools, data storage options, compute options, security features, and app services. This certificate is designed for developers who have experience building and deploying applications on Azure and who want to validate their skills and knowledge in a cloud environment.
Job Roles: Azure Developer, Solution Architect, Application Developer.
Certified Microsoft DevOps Engineer
The Microsoft DevOps Engineer certificate is a qualification that demonstrates the skills and knowledge of a professional in the field of DevOps, specifically with Microsoft technologies.
The certification demonstrates that the candidate has expertise in implementing DevOps practices using Microsoft Azure technologies, including continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), monitoring and logging, and infrastructure as code.
To earn this certification, a candidate must pass two exams: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions and either Microsoft Azure Administrator or Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure.
Job Roles: Microsoft DevOps Engineer
Certified Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect
The Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect qualification is a certificate offered by Microsoft confirming a person's skills and expertise in designing and implementing solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
It shows that the person has a deep understanding of Azure architecture and infrastructure, as well as the ability to manage and monitor Azure resources.
To earn this qualification, a person must pass two exams, the Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies and Microsoft Azure Architect Design. These exams test a person's knowledge and skills in areas such as virtualization, networking, security, storage, and Azure services.
Job Roles: Microsoft Solutions Architect
Certified Microsoft Power Platform Developer
The Microsoft Power Platform Developer qualification is a certification program that validates a developer's expertise in creating custom solutions using the Microsoft Power Platform. Including Power Apps, Power Automate, Power BI, and Power Virtual Agents.
The Power Platform Developer exam measures a developer's skills in building custom business applications and automating workflows using Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents. It tests proficiency in creating and managing data models and visualizations in Power BI.
Gaining the Microsoft Power Platform Developer qualification demonstrates a developer has the skills and knowledge required to design and build custom solutions using the Power Platform.
Job Roles: Data Analyst, Business Analyst, Power Platform Developer, BI Analyst
Oracle Certified Associate Java Programmer
An Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java Programmer certificate is an entry-level certification offered by Oracle, which is a leading provider of enterprise software and technology solutions. This certification demonstrates that the individual has a basic understanding of the Java programming language and is capable of developing and maintaining simple Java applications.
To obtain an OCA Java Programmer certificate, one must pass a single exam (1Z0-815) which covers topics such as Java basics, data types, control structures, methods and encapsulation, and error handling. This certification is a prerequisite for the more advanced Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Java Programmer certification.
The OCA Java Programmer certification can be beneficial for individuals who are looking to start their career in software development or are interested in learning the Java programming language. It can also be useful for professionals who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in Java programming.
Job roles: Entry level Java Developer, Junior Software Engineer
Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer
The Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer (OCPJP) qualification is a professional certification that validates a programmer's expertise in Java programming language. It is offered by Oracle Corporation, the company that owns Java, and is recognized globally as a benchmark for Java proficiency.
To earn the OCPJP certification, candidates must pass a comprehensive exam that tests their knowledge and skills in Java programming. The exam covers topics such as Java syntax and semantics, object-oriented programming principles, Java class design, exceptions and assertions, generics and collections, concurrency, I/O fundamentals, and JDBC basics.
The certification is designed for experienced Java programmers who have a solid understanding of Java programming language and want to demonstrate their expertise to potential employers. It can enhance a programmer's career prospects by providing them with a recognized credential that proves their proficiency in Java programming.
Job Roles: Java Developer, Software Engineer
Oracle Java EE 7 Application Developer
The Oracle Java EE 7 Application Developer certificate is a credential that confirms a developer's knowledge and skills in programming enterprise applications using Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 7 technology. Java EE is a widely used platform for building enterprise applications.
To obtain this certification, a candidate must pass the Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 7 Application Developer Exam. The exam covers a range of topics related to Java EE 7, including web components, servlets, JavaServer Pages (JSPs), JavaServer Faces (JSF), Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs), RESTful web services, messaging, and security.
By gaining this certification, a developer can demonstrate their proficiency in Java EE 7 technology and their ability to build enterprise-grade applications. This certification is recognized globally and can help developers advance their careers in the field of enterprise application development.
Job Roles: Java Front-End and Back-end application developers, software architects, and software engineers
Python Certified Associate
The Python Certified Associate (PCA) certificate is a credential that demonstrates an individual's knowledge and proficiency in the Python programming language. It is an industry-recognized certificate provided by the Python Institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization that promotes the development of Python programming language worldwide.
The PCA qualification validates a candidate's ability to write and run Python programs, understand basic programming concepts, and demonstrate proficiency in Python syntax and semantics. The certification exam covers topics such as data types, control structures, functions, modules, file handling, and object-oriented programming concepts.
Job Roles: Entry level Python developer
Python Certified Professional
The Python Certified Professional (PCPP) is a certification offered by the Python Institute to individuals who demonstrate mastery of the Python programming language.
To obtain the PCPP certification, candidates must pass two exams: the Python Essentials Exam and the Python Institute Certified Python Programmer Exam. The Python Essentials Exam tests candidates' knowledge of basic Python programming concepts, including data types, control structures, functions, and modules. The Python Institute Certified Python Programmer Exam is more advanced and covers topics such as advanced programming concepts, object-oriented programming, database programming, network programming, and web programming.
Achieving the PCPP certification indicates that an individual has a strong understanding of Python programming and is capable of developing high-quality Python applications. It can be a valuable credential for individuals pursuing careers in software development, data science, machine learning, or any other field that requires expertise in Python programming.
Job roles: Python Developer
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