2017 has been a very important year for the Joomla! Certification Program. It has been the first complete year in which the Program has been active, after the launch late in 2016.

It's been a great year, with a lot of learning. We have certified 108 Administrators from 15 countries, in sessions that have taken place in JUGs, JoomlaDays and Joomla! Learning Partners. We have reached a milestone, with the first multilingual exam, English and Italian, that was held at the Joomla World Conference in Rome.

After this great 2017, here are some plans for 2018:

As everybody knows, Rome has a long history, amazing events and iconic buildings. There is the Colosseum, the old city ‘Foro Romano’, the Pantheon and much more. It was a great city to host the Joomla! World Conference 2017. A unique gathering for Joomlers from all over the world. The Joomla! Certification Team was delighted to add another chapter to the history of Rome. JWC hosted the first ever Joomla! Exam in a non-English language.

When in Rome… do like the Romans, like visiting the Colosseum, The Vatican and the Trevi Fountain.
When at Joomla! World Conference… do the Joomla! Exam.

The United States of Joomla!

It is great to see that the largest Joomla! Events of 2017 are held in two countries with a strong and enthusiastic Joomla! Community! The lovely city of Kraków in Poland had the honor to host this year edition of JandBeyond last June. In November this year, the amazing city of Rome in Italy will host the Joomla! World Conference. Both countries have a large community. They are united by one major thing: the passion for Joomla! But there’s another connection as well...

The Joomla! Administrator Exam at JandBeyond (#JAB17) was the most international exam so far. JAB this year was located in the city of Kraków, Poland. It’s amazing to see what the actual meaning of “Joomla” (all together or as a whole) looks like in real life. Fourteen candidates from Uganda, Israel, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Estonia and Algeria completed the exam on the second day at JandBeyond and eight of them passed with great marks.

The Joomla! Certification Program is still young and growing, but it has already reached important steps. One of them has been to establish ways to make the exam accessible to as many people as possible. Therefore, in addition to having sessions at official events like JoomlaDays or JUGs, the Certification Program uses Joomla! Learning Partners, JLP’s. A JLP is an organization that provides Joomla! Certification exams and may also offer Joomla training to its clients.
To know more about them, we start this section “Meet the JLPs”, and in this case with Perfect Web Team, which hosted its first exam on May 2, 2017.