IBM Cloud Certification Application Developer – I passed and so can you

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IBM Cloud Certification Application Developer – I passed and so can you

I had the opportunity to take the test and be certified as IBM Cloud Certified Application Developer. It was a very good experience that drove me to share it and post my thoughts. This post contains some hands-on experience for preparing yourself to be certified.


Who are the target audience for the test?

If you are one of them and would like to improve your skills of developing cloud applications then this test suits you well.

  • Cloud Deployment Leads and Technical Architects

  • Cloud Developers and Technologists

  • Channel Partners

  • Students and professionals

  • Cloud Consultants.

What are the added values from this certification?

Whether you are a student seeking a career in cloud environment or a professional/consultant driving the success of your own company, preparing for this test and passing it will add value to your mission as follows:

  • Get a head start in landing a job in the Cloud Computing industry

  • Understand IBM Bluemix Platform-as-a-Service and how to make innovative applications on the cloud

  • Enhance cloud applications by consuming managed services from IBM Bluemix catalog

  • Evaluate your organization cloud strategy and improve it

  • Manage and control cloud applications by using DevOps services and tools.

What have you demonstrated after succeeding the certification?

You will have demonstrated that you are capable of:

  • Planning a secure scalable cloud application on IBM Bluemix PaaS

  • Implementing cloud applications using DevOps and Monitoring

  • Distinguishing between different data services on IBM Bluemix and managing data in SQL and NoSQL databases

  • Optimizing applications using Data Cache, Messaging Frameworks and Object Storage (for large media files)

  • Designing cloud applications on portable open technologies like CloudFoundry and Git repositories.

What is the format of the test, what is the time duration, and what is a passing grade?

Simple! Answer 48 questions in 90 minutes with at least 66% answered correctly:

What is the format of the test

Sounds great! I want to pass the test and be certified—where do I start?

You can start here by viewing this short sample test in PDF format Sample Test, which will enable you to view a short example of what do you expect in the test. Or, you can take the web-based assessment test online to organize your strengths and areas that need improvement. The instructions for accessing the assessment test are at the end of this post.

Is there a study guide?

Yes there is one! It focuses on the six different sections of the certification test and enhances your understanding of what IBM Bluemix is offering for building cloud applications.

What are the sections covered in the certification test?

What are the sections covered in the certification test?

Is there a whitepaper or documentation for more details?

Yes, there is more documentation:

I do have some questions to ask, where should I go?

You can go to the Bluemix Developers Community landing page to ask questions and find useful materials for your preparation.

Where can I access the assessment test?

To access the assessment test, you will need to create a Pearson VUE account associated with IBM, and then follow the instructions below:

  • Sign into your account at Pearson VUE (

  • Click on the blue View Online Exams button

  • Click on Sponsor Area/Group Assessment: IBM Cloud Computing

  • Select Assessment: IBM Cloud Platform Application Development v1 from the list

  • Verify you selected the correct assessment test, click on the blue Register for this Exam button

  • If the test is offered in multiple languages, select your language and click the “Next” button

  • From this My Order page, verify the test information and fee due – click on the blue “Proceed to Checkout” button

  • Follow the steps indicated which include payment – you will be able to use vouchers or promotion codes during payment

  • Click on the blue Begin Exam button to launch the exam

You will have one day (24 hours) to begin the test from the time of payment. You may cancel the test for a full refund at any time during the one day (24 hours) that the test is available to you. Please review Testing Policy For IBM online Test at Pearson Vue. You will be able to find and print your score report and receipts from the Pearson VUE Home page when you are signed into your Pearson VUE account.

Good luck!

—Karim Abousedera Cloud Technology Evangelist, IBM Cloud Europe

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