Several people have asked recently about Year 2 re-certification requirements. Rest assured, we are working on getting those together and we will make sure that everyone who wants to maintain certification will have plenty of time to fulfill the requirements and take the test before your current certification runs out. I hope to have them published this coming week, so watch this thread and the certification page.
I would like to mention a couple of changes in the existing exams however. First, the core certification exam (if you are not currently certified) has dropped three required classes from the list.
IOS210 - Backgrounding in iOS
AND210 - Backgrounding in Android
XAM370 - Memory and Performance
That means there are only 15 required courses which you must take in order to qualify for the certification exam. There are no questions pulled in when we generate an exam from these three topics.
IOS210 and AND210 are also included in the re-certification exam (1st year). This was because they were completely refreshed between the two exams and so we wanted to make sure people took the updated course - even if they'd already taken the original one. These will stay in the year 1 re-certification exam.
The re-certification (Year 1) exam is changing slightly as well. First, we are pulling XTC101 - Introduction to Unit Testing from the required list of classes. A lot of people have said they know this topic already and prefer to not have it be required. Keep in mind that it is still a pre-requisite to XTC102 which is on the exam so if you aren't familiar with unit testing, it would be a good class to either take or watch prior to taking that class. However there won't be any questions pulled from this class when you go for the 1st year recertification. Second, we are reducing the # of questions for this exam to 100 instead of 150. We'd like to reduce the effort required to maintain certification, while not lowering the quality/standards and feel like this is a good balance.
I'm planning on having the Year 2 re-certification requirements published this next week - the goal is to get it down to just a few required classes and a few optional ones which you can either take live, watch the video, or just review the materials on your own if you feel you know the topic. More details on that shortly. One of those courses will be XAM370 so it will continue to be part of certification, just a bit further down the road. The reasoning behind this is simply because it was rewritten this past week to focus on a fairly deep dive of memory diagnosis with Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android and so we wanted to push it out to when developers have had a bit of experience with Xamarin before putting it onto an exam. Keep in mind that you can take any classes and you will get credit for them even for future exams!
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