My Flex/AIR ACE Certification Experience

April 20, 2009By 7 Comments

A couple of months ago I started considering taking my Flex 3/AIR Certification. I solicited feedback in a previous blog post and got some really great comments regarding the value of getting the certification. I wanted to write up a quick post about the experience myself and my overall feelings on the topic for the many people out there considering it.

I know there are many opinions on taking the test and some believe it is just a matter of purely memorizing the Flex 3/AIR APIs and not testing real programmer knowledge. After taking the test (and passing, woohoo!!) I can say I do not believe this to be the case. While there certainly are questions revolving around API properties, methods etc that could essentially be memorized, there were also some great questions that test your knowledge of object-oriented programming and best practices, and general use of Flex/AIR that would be difficult to answer without prior practical programming experience in my opinion.

As far as making it worthwhile to study and get your certification, I absolutely believe it is worth it! I have worked with Flex and AIR for a couple of years now and still found myself discovering a lot of things I did not know previously in the process of studying. I believe it also has the benefit of adding that extra bit of confidence to know that you are aware of the breadth of possibilities available in the API’s for future projects you may find yourself working on. With all of this, I believe getting certified can only help you be more successful in your future work.

As far as studying for the test, I feel the Attest software is one of the best tools you can use to prepare, which is why I offered to help get the latest version released. It really helps to point out the areas you need to study further, and makes it easy to quickly locate and read that piece of information via the feedback at the end of each mock exam and links to the LiveDocs.  Also, just a tip, the LiveDocs are the most important thing to know/study for this exam, and in-depth. The test is tough and randomly pulls from content throughout those docs, and is changed up for each person so you never know what you’re going to get.  Dave from PXL Designs and I are currently in the process of adding more challenging questions to Attest so it can only help further.

There’s my two cents on the subject. So download Attest, get certified and let me know if you agree!

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  1. zedia.net says:

    The Attest application seems really well done and useful. I did the Flex 3 AIR 1 Mini test and got a whooping 52%. I have to say that I am a Flash programmer and I know very little about Flex. The questions were well made and at the end it pointed out what I answered wrong with the right answer and a link to the documentation.

    You should mention that this AIR application is free; most sample test for certification cost something.

    Do you know if there is an AIR certification that doesn’t involve Flex?

    Anyway great work!

    • devgirl says:

      Thanks!! And yes, it is important to point out that it’s free, thanks for that! We are thinking about porting it to a web version in the near future too :)

      There is no official AIR certification from Adobe currently. It’s all covered under this exam as of right now. We’ll have to see what Adobe decides to do with that for future versions though…

      Best of luck to you!
      Holly

  2. nwebb says:

    Congrats, great news :)

    I know that the effort that you and Dave put in to Attest is very much appreciated by myself and many other developers.

    Cheers,
    Neil.

  3. Ruben says:

    Thanks for your invaluable help, hope you the best of the world!!!!

  4. George says:

    It is not an easy to collect this invaluable questions and answers. Good Jobs!

  5. Surya KLSV says:

    Hello , I am planning to take Adobe flex 4 with API & Flash CS5 .So I am really working hard on it .Please tell me whether that exam is industry standard .All companies are asking for prior experience ,I dont have any of it.Can I show this certificate to them while applying a job .Please help me…..

    Thanq…

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