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More About Joomla! Certification

Written by | Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:00 | Published in 2014 January
Working Progress on the Joomla Certifications: a project in which the presence of the members of the Joomla community who speak Spanish is very important; a project where there are more than a dozen countries and various continents; a project, in summary, that will be born from the fusion of experience so diverse and different, that it will mark a before and after in the quality of the certifications of a CMS.

As you might have read on the Facebook page we have about the Joomla Certification, there is a series of questions which have already been answered, and a series of working groups formed that you can join to lend a hand.

One of the questions that has aroused some interest in English, Spanish and Portuguese is: What will be the first area available for certification? And you can read the following response: Our target right now is to make the Joomla Administrator Certification the first certification available for Joomla 3.5

The team of volunteers for the creation of the Joomla Certification program, led by Sarah Watz, is formed by people of various nationalities who are committed to simultaneously creating the certification in two languages. To answer the question: What languages will Joomla Certification be translated into? Currently it is ambitious but realistic within our means: our goal is to make the Joomla Certification test available in Spanish and English to start with. More languages to come…

To carry out the remaining work, of which is much, we have created three working groups:

  • Joomla Certification Program: Led by Sara Thornton
  • Team for Joomla Certification Training: Led by Victor York and myself (Irene López)
  • Communication and Marketing: Led by Robert Wilson

Now I will tell you something about each of them so you can see where your contribution fits best if you would like to get involved.

The Joomla Certification Program Team is responsible for creating and managing the Certification Program for all Joomla Certifications. If you have a background in working with certification programs, or creating exams or tests, or have been administering Joomla sites for a number of years this could be a great working group for you.

The Joomla Certification Training Team is responsible for communicating with the training centers, schools and companies that offer Joomla training. You’ll be helping the them to get the information they need to adapt their curriculum to prepare students to take the certification. If you have a background in working with trainers, if you have a good network of trainers, or if you are a trainer yourself, this could be a great working group for you.

The Joomla Certification Communication & Marketing Team is responsible for marketing and communication for the Joomla Certification Program. This team is going to be handling the ongoing dialogue with the community to get feedback on the program. If you have a background in working with social media, or moderating a forum, writing press releases or copy (all in a professional context), this could be a great working group for you.

In any of these teams you can enjoy helping out the Joomla project without being an expert in software development, and you can help make our favorite CMS grow by contributing experience in many fields.

The weekly meetings are in English using a multi-conference tool which allows voice and text from each participant. Once the holidays are over the activity of the working groups will resume.

We await you.

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Irene López

Irene López

Open Source Consultant and Joomla! passionate.

I have worked from the Board of Open Source Iberia Association in organizing the Joomla! Day in Spain in the last 4 years. I have coordinated Joomla! projects for the European Union, companies from different countries and Universities.

I help with the translation of several Open Source products and coordinate the international relations of the company I work for.

I hope to contribute to this publication my enthusiasm for this CMS from the "non technical" world


Consultora de Software Libre apasionada de Joomla!

He colaborado desde la Junta Directiva de la asociación Open Source Iberia en la organización de los Joomla!Day de España en los últimos 4 años. He coordinado proyectos realizados en Joomla! para la Unión Europea, empresas de distintos paises y universidades.

Colaboro en la traducción de varios productos de Software Libre y coordino las relaciones internacionales de la compañia donde trabajo.

Espero poder aportar a esta publicación mi ilusión por este CMS desde el mundo "no técnico".


Excellent work!

Whenever I train people for Joomla! CMS after finishing the Joomla site; I always feel there should be a certificate program.

Best of luck.
Pedro F. Vidal Lopez Tuesday, 07 January 2014
Thanks for your encouragement!
Although you can follow the progress on the facebook page:
We will keep you updated about the progress on the certifications in the magazine.
Hi Irene!

I just wanted to confirm, the Joomla! Certification program is in the works, there's nothing official yet? In addition to the Facebook page, is there any other official pages online about the program (like somewhere at

- Brad
Hi, thanks for the info, im a joomla advanced user and deployer from uruguay and will take the exams when have ready!!


Hi Irene,

I don't think there should be a certification in Joomla. Joomla is a very simple product that can be learned in less than a day. Certifications also will create an army of people who think they know everything about Joomla - but they don't.

Also, what will the certification be about? How to add new articles? How to checkout checked in items? Or will it discuss caching and the problems related to it? Will it also discuss some prominent 3rd party extensions? We have published an opinion about Joomla certifications here: (that post was published more than a year ago)

I might be wrong about Joomla certifications, but if it'll create an influx of bad Joomla certified professionals who'll ruin Joomla's ecosystem and restrict the flexibility of the developers to make Joomla a better product, then I'm confident that it won't be the right path to take.
Always thinking there should be a cert :)