What We Do to Become TYPO3 Certified Integrator

What We Do to Become TYPO3 Certified Integrator

Every TYPO3 person has a dream to get TYPO3 certifications. Are you a TYPO3 integrator and wanna become a TYPO3 certified integrator? Congrats for your such next-level initiative, Are you excited how to clear the TCCI exam? Let’s do it.

I’m feeling proud to be part of the TYPO3 Community, who have such educational and certification programs. I think significantly less of the Open Source community have such great initiative. Using such a platform, we can educate people, prepare common practices/standards and build a better TYPO3 ecosystem. To become a TYPO3 certified integrator is a very proud moment, but as always “preparing and giving the exam” feels like ;)

A few weeks ago, TYPO3 GmbH launched a fantastic online TYPO3 exam platform partnership with Proctoru. It’s incredible for people like me who live in India (5K+ miles away from Europe).

What’s the Official Definition of TCCI?

The TYPO3 CMS Certified Integrator develops the template for a website, configures all the necessary extensions and creates the access rights for backend users. The TYPO3 CMS Certified Integrator does not install TYPO3 on the web server and does not program extensions. The TYPO3 CMS Certified Integrator knows how to configure the pre-installed TYPO3 using the installer.

TYPO3 Certification to Grow TYPO3 Eco-system

Do you know the TYPO3 association has initiated an education and certification team since 2014?

The TYPO3 Education Committee was installed by the TYPO3 Association's Board and Expert Advisory Board in early 2014. It is meant to create an education strategy, enabling community members and TYPO3 beginners to access TYPO3 related learning easier and manage the TYPO3 certification program.

But, Why TYPO3 Certification?

TYPO3 certification programs ensure the competence of professionals and by providing a measurement of knowledge and skills.

for TYPO3 Agencies

TYPO3 Service providers can highlight such certification for their strong position in the market. Even for TYPO3 freelancers, it gives a more competitive advantage.

for Decision-Makers

The certificate gives more confidence to decision-makers for the success of the project.

for TYPO3 Eco-system

The certified integrators, developers, editors, and consultants give the best quality of work, so TYPO3 eco-system works well with less chance of failures projects.

for Personal Feeling

It gives a proud personal feeling to a person who passed and gets a certification badge.

TYPO3 Certifications Based on Your Skills

Based on required TYPO3 skills, at the moment, there are four TYPO3 certifications available as below.

General Instructions on TYPO3 Certification

The TYPO3 CMS Certified Integrator (TCCI) exam was the first certification provided by the TYPO3 Association in the year 2008. Let’s start with standard instructions.

Language

All the exams are exclusively conducted in English.

TYPO3 version

Generally, the exams are conducted in context to recent or last TYPO3 LTS (long-term support) version. But it is highly recommended to confirm the exact TYPO3 version, and you may find such details during the registration.

Questions/Answers

All questions have been developed by TYPO3 experts and are reviewed or updated according to strict guidelines.

Re-Apply for Exam

In the event, if an applicant does not qualify in the exam, he/she may retake them as many times they wish. After each unsuccessful attempt, a three months holding up period applies.

Location for examination

Fortunately, You can take the exam from anywhere from your home, office or physical TYPO3 events.

Cancelling a Registration

On the off chance, if you don't turn up at the scheduled date/time of examination without giving early notification of retraction, the refund would not be provided. In case of urgency, you need to do this somewhere around 48 hours before the booked date and time.

Roadmap to get certification

  • Being aware of Syllabus
  • In-depth dive to the Topics
  • Registration
  • Take the exam
  • Enjoy your success party.

How to Apply & Fees of TCCI Exam?

You can apply for TYPO3 certified integrator from below two-options.

How to Prepare for TYPO3 integrator certification?

Good thing is that the TYPO3 certification team defined the syllabus with a number of topics. Here are some tips and tricks for better preparation for the certification.

Step 1. Dream it

Forgot TYPO3 at the moment, first, you should set your vision to become a TYPO3 certified integrator, which will keep motivating you to “lots read and practice” the TYPO3.

Step 2. Check topics

To clear the scope and vision, take a quick look at all the topics and sub-topics at Syllabus.

Step 3. Theory knowledge through TYPO3 Documentation

At each topic, you will find “references” the recommended reading links that are linked with docs.typo3.org. You should read in-depth at TYPO3 documentation.\

It will help you to clear theoretical knowledge, for example, How can you know all the properties of FLUID TEMPLATE TypoScript object, simply go here.

Step 4. Practical knowledge through Practice

Of course, The exam is precisely what you know practically to integrate templates into TYPO3. Your real-time project’s work is the only best way to learn and prepare for the exam. There will be many tricky questions which can be only answered if you have done good-enough TYPO3 practice.

What type of TYPO3 Questions asked in the exam?

1. TYPO3 General Test Questions

You need to read general TYPO3 topics like how TYPO3 Community works, what is TYPO3 association, history of TYPO3, Code of conduct, Roadmap & release cycle of TYPO3, etc.,

Sample Questions

What is a TYPO3 User Group? (1)

Options:

  1. A group on the internet, such as typo3.ug.muenchen.
  2. A support network organised by companies.
  3. A casual meeting of TYPO3 enthusiasts.
  4. A chat channel.
  5. A group similar to the TYPO3 Association but based on users.

2. Theoretical Test Questions

You should read docs.typo3.org for in-depth properties and objects of TypoScript/Fluid because in our routine TYPO3 project's work, there are many properties/objects which I never used or practised. Your only friend is - TYPO3 official documentation.

Sample Question
The following script aims to produce a debug output on the screen.

Why is it not functioning by default? (1)

page = PAGE

page.10 = TEXT

page.10.value = Hello world!

page.10.debugData = 1

Options:

  1. The syntax is wrong; it should be page.10.stdWrap.debugData.
  2. The output is always written to a log file and not displayed on the screen.
  3. You first have to enter the client IP in the Install Tool.
  4. The function mentioned above only works for local installations. If the TYPO3 instance is on
    the Internet, the display of debug data does not work.
  5. The output happens in the backend in a module within the “Info” module, rather than on
    screen.

3. Logical Test Questions

There are some tricky questions (especially with TypoScript and Fluid) where you need to show your logical power.

Sample Question

What is the output produced by the following TypoScript code? (1)

page = PAGE
page.10 = COA
page.10 {
    30 = TEXT
    30.value = A
    30.wrap = B|C
    40 = HTML
    40.value = D
    40.wrap = E|F
    20 < .30
    40.value = G
}

Options:

  1. BACEGF
  2. DBACD
  3. DBACG
  4. EDFBACEGF
  5. DBACEGF
  6. DBACEDF
  7. BACBAC

4. Practical Questions

According to our experience, the majority there are more practical questions are asked, that means what you know (and practice) about TYPO3 integrator? That means you should be an expert on topis like;

  • TYPO3 Installation and Configuration
  • TypoScript and Fluid
  • Backend administration
  • Users roles and access
  • Performance optimisation
  • TYPO3 third-party extensions
  • Workspace Flow
  • etc.,

Sample Question

Which menu state can you use to indicate pages if access to them is restricted to user groups where the group name begins with the letters A-K? (2)

Options:

  1. NO
  2. USERDEF1
  3. USERDEF2
  4. CUR
  5. CURIFSUB
  6. ACT
  7. ACTIFSUB

Credit: Above sample questions taken from TYPO3 certification integrator book, Thanks, Michael Schams!

TYPO3 Training and Workshop

Education committee’s workshop

The education and certification team regularly organize training and workshop.

SkillDisplay

The team of SkillDisplay and TYPO3 GmbH are working hard to prepare an organized way of learning and prepare the TYPO3 exam. You may take a look at TCCI’s SkillsPath

TYPO3 Books

To prepare for the exam, I would highly recommend reading the best available books by Michael Schams.

It’s an excellent study guide for the preparation of certification; the current 5th edition contains 250 questions. Don’t miss to read “How to use this book” section before you start to read TYPO3 questions.

TYPO3 Certified Integrator (English)

TYPO3 Certified Integrator (German)

What care must one take during the exam?

  • I recommend that you arrive at the test centre 15 to 30 minutes before the exam starts with the registration and other processes.
  • Candidate needs to bring valid official identification documents, that shows your full name, photograph, and signature and proves your identity like a passport or personal identification card.
  • It is mandatory to sign the NDA document prior to the examination. By signing the NDA document, you accept that the exam material is strictly confidential and that questions and answers must not be disclosed.
  • The applicant has 90 minutes to go through the test and answer and answer as many questions possible.
  • The exam would have multiple-choice questions with at least one or more correct answers. Good thing is that, on each particular question, they mentioned: “how many answers are correct”. For the questions which have more than one correct answer, if the candidate does not pick all correct answers, then will be not considered as negative points in the score.

What’s Passing Score and Statistics for TCCI?

40 Questions

would be asked in the exam paper

60 Minutes

of time to complete exam paper

1.5 minutes

to answer each question

~32 out of 40 answers

should be correct to become a certified integrator.

Pass!! How Will You Receive Your TCCI Badge?

Receive results via Email

After the exam, you will receive an email with your result (pass or fail) within a few weeks.

Receive TYPO3 Certificate

If the candidate has successfully passed the test, then the TYPO3 certificate is sent to their postal location within a month.

Your name at Certification Listing

Also, the names of candidates with TYPO3 certification would be listed here.

The candidate can allude to oneself as a Certified TYPO3 Integrator until the expiration period of certificate i.e three years.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading my article. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful :)

  • Have a dream and passion for becoming a TYPO3 certified integrator.
  • Aware of the syllabus of TCCI exam.
  • Theoretically and practically dig in-depth at each topic.
  • Register for your best available time and location.
  • Keep calm while giving the examination and wait for the results.
  • Celebrate your winning shot by becoming a TYPO3 Certified Integrator!

I wish you best wishes for your TYPO3 certification integrator exam!

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