The second blog in our Certification Series, Quick Base University’s, Peter Goldstein answers your questions and discusses why it’s a great time to get Quick Base certified.
Although skills certification is common among software engineers and IT circles, it’s a fairly new concept for the business professional turned no-code app developer. Yet the career advantages that come with verifiable credentials are just as far reaching for both pro coders and business developers. In fact, it may be even more so for those business professionals who become the first to distinguish themselves through certification—especially when it comes from an industry leader of workforce empowerment.
Raising your visibility
Companies today are increasingly aware of the tremendous gains business-built apps are driving in terms of operational efficiency, staff productivity and engagement, business agility, customer satisfaction, and more. As a result, no-code/low-code app building is becoming one of most coveted skills in today’s job market.
Skills validation is a great way to draw greater attention to those capabilities and that’s what Quick Base certification is all about—helping you become more marketable, promotable, and successful.
“I think it [Quick Base certification] will help my career, any future career, and show that I am a continuous learner.”
– John Parham, National General Insurance
We’re invested in your success
Our mission is to deliver a great certification experience and drive a successful outcome for every customer who wishes to become certified. And just like our Quick Base platform, our certification program is continually enhanced and updated based on your feedback—from how the exam is delivered and navigated to the types of questions asked.
We also offer Quick Base University’s library of reference materials and training options. These include eLearning and best practices courses as well as live online or in-person instructor-led training to help you prepare for and pass your Quick Base exam with flying colors.
And while you’re studying you might uncover something new—even if you’ve been a Quick Base developer for years. That was the case for one of our QSPs [Quick Base Solution Provider] who while studying for his exam was delighted to learn about a Quick Base function that enabled him to quickly spin up a custom “help page” to better serve his customers.
Your questions answered
Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we’ve received from customers about our new certification program.
Why should I get Quick Base certified?
We have designed our Quick Base certification program to meet industry standards and expectations for no-code/low-code app builders. Getting certified tells the world that you have proven, end-to-end expertise in leveraging the advantages of this modern, industry-leading development platform. It’s a valuable asset to have, especially as market demand for this kind of skillset rapidly trends upward.
What certification exams are available?
- The App Builder exam is a timed 1 hour, 60-question* exam for intermediate builders who can create apps and roll them out to end users.
- The Expert Builder exam is a timed 1 hour, 60-question* exam for advanced builders who can create apps and train others (who are comfortable with formulas and APIs) on how to maintain them. App Builder certification is a prerequisite to take this exam.
- The Combined Builder/Expert exam is a timed 120-minute, 120-question* exam for advanced builders that enables them to earn their Expert Builder Certification in one step.
* All questions are multiple choice and randomly selected from a pool of questions.
What is the best way to prepare for each exam and what is the time investment required?
In addition to having 4 to 6 months of hands-on experience you should set aside a few weeks of time to familiarize yourself with Quick Base University certification study materials*. Exam preparation can be done all at once or as time permits. Resources include:
- Assessments that help you decide what training to take based on your skillsets
- eLearning and best practices courses as well as live online or in-person instructor-led training*
- Links to related reference materials including online Help, blogs, and the latest release notes
* Study materials and courses are part of your Quick Base subscription and are free of charge. There is a fee for live online or in-person classroom training.
How long will you be offering free certification exams?
Our certification registration promotion will be offered through June 30, 2018. Exams must be taken by December 31, 2018. Register with the promo code “qbcert”, which is good for one free examination test.
How much do the exams regularly cost?
- $199 for either the App Builder or Expert Builder certification exam*
- $299 for the Combined Builder/Expert certification exam*
* Exams must be taken within one year of registration.
How are the tests administered?
Certification exams are online tests accessible through Quick Base University.
What is the passing grade?
You must earn a score of 70% or better to pass.
If I fail my first attempt at certification do I have to pay full price to take it again?
No, we’ll send you a promo code good for 50% off a single re-take for 1 exam.
What if I need special accommodations?
We make every effort to accommodate any special needs you may have regarding taking the exam. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of credentials will I receive once I pass the exam?
Your passing grade is awarded with a printable electronic Quick Base certificate as well as a digital badge that you can share on LinkedIn and other social media. You’ll receive an email with a link to the PDF certificate (pictured below) as well as a link to post your certification badge.
Do I need to take another exam to be recertified every year?
No. We make it easy for you to maintain your certification with no cost and little effort. All you need to do is participate in free quarterly continuing education courses during the year and pass a simple quiz after each one. These courses are designed to keep you current on the latest features and functionality of the Quick Base platform.
Ready to put a bigger spotlight on your accomplishments?
We’re proud of our growing list of certified customers and what they’ve accomplished. And we look forward to you being one of them. We’re also excited about the opportunities that lay ahead for us all. Unlock your potential for greater success today and Register for certification at Quick Base University.
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