CertifyWP Launches WordPress Design & Management Certification

CertifyWP, a non-profit organization founded by Talisha Lewallen, has launched its first credentialing exam for a WordPress Management and Design Credential. The exam costs $150 and includes three courses that help individuals master frontend development. The goal of the credential is to help job seekers demonstrate their skills to potential employers and give businesses a way to understand prospective employees’ skills.

The WordPress Management and Design Credential is designed for anyone who wants to work in the WordPress space or learn to build WordPress websites. Once certified, individuals are ready to pursue WordPress Web design, e-commerce, JavaScript, databases, and other fields. The credential validates an individual’s understanding of important aspects of WordPress and its websites.

The exam consists of 110 questions spread over three levels, as well as a practical component. Examinees must answer the questions within 60 minutes and score 80% or higher to pass. CertifyWP administers a proctored exam, and those who meet the requirements will be required to re-take the exam every three years to maintain their credentialing. The exam will be updated as necessary by CertifyWP’s advisory board.

The credential covers beginner and intermediate levels of WordPress usage, essentially describing a WordPress “power user.” The credential covers skills such as navigating the admin panel, hosting, web optimization, and more. It is open to anyone who wants to take it, and examinees do not have to take CertifyWP’s course to be eligible for the exam.

Lewallen is also the owner of WPConnects, a company that helps military veterans get training while they are on active duty and then provides them with mentors and assistance with employment when they leave the military. In a recent WP Tavern Jukebox podcast episode, she discussed how this work led to her starting CertifyWP with the help of the WordPress community.

Lewallen will also be speaking at Atarim’s Web Agency Summit on April 25 about the importance of credentials in the WordPress workforce, the differences between credentials and certificates, and how credentials can be leveraged in the search for employment. CertifyWP’s credentialing exam is a valuable tool for job seekers and businesses alike, helping to validate skills and demonstrate expertise in WordPress management and design.

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