How to crack the Adobe Certified Professional Magento Developer

Important note: Adobe just released AD0-E717: this is the new test but also with Cloud objectives. This replaces AD0-E711. This study guide covers the core Adobe Commerce product but not yet Cloud. We are including the old study guide in your purchase of this study guide and making the practice test free. Additionally, as we build Cloud study material, it will be available for free for some time.

This test has a reputation (but not as bad as the Expert Developer one). It's tough. I've personally seen developers with "Senior Magento Developer" fail this test. And it's still considered the "easiest" of all Magento certifications. How do we crack this exam? The good news is that folks from all over the world can and do pass it. The key is all in the preparation. This page will give you the inside tricks on how to pass the exam.

You might have heard about our study materials from someone else? I consider myself incredibly privileged to have helped thousands of people in over 80 countries achieve this certification. This material works.


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I have passed Associate Developer exam yesterday. I have followed your study guide. It is impressive.
Md Muhaiminul Islam

About the Test

This test was previously known as the Magento 2 Associate Developer Certification. It is now the Adobe Certified Professional—Magento Commerce Developer. It's new certification number is: AD0-E711.

The Professional exam is the "easiest" of the Magento 2 tests. It covers backend development, theme creation, and database modifications.

Joseph's difficulty meter: 2 out of 10. This is the first Adobe/Magento Commerce test that you should take.

In my experience helping hundreds of people achieve their certifications, please start with this test. This gets your feet wet with taking Magento-style tests and will set you up for success on the Commerce Expert Developer test (previously known as Professional Developer). The questions are straightforward and easy to understand. There is some tricky domain knowledge that only comes with experience or study (experience is certainly recommended).

Pass score required: 68%. Time limit: 2 hours

I (Joseph Maxwell) had the privilege of participating in writing this exam.

How much experience should I have before attempting the test?

Adobe says that no experience is necessary. You can take the Fundamentals of Magento Development course and then you pass. However, this is an expensive course and many of us developers have a "I'll do it myself" attitude (which is a good thing). This can lead into a problem where we underestimate the difficulty of the test and we don't study, and then we fail the test.

Instead, the course that I have written, see below, is designed to help bring you the knowledge necessary while also taking the minimalistic route to getting this knowledge (don't be fooled, as it still is a lot of work). Provided you have some Magento development experience, you can easily pass the test with some additional study.

Here's what the test covers:

  • Magento architecture (20 questions): files required for modules, purpose of each system-defined file in a module, how to perform basic CLI tasks, how to create a new module.
  • Request flow processing (4 questions): understanding how to create a new route and a new controller.
  • Customizing the Magento UI (9 questions): creating themes, understanding layout XML, templates, LESS
  • Working with Databases in Magento (11 questions): understanding the difference between (and use cases for) models, resource models, collections and repositories. How to modify the database.
  • Developing with Adminhtml (7 questions): utilizing the capabilities available for admin customization, like ACL, menus, store configurations, available scopes.
  • Customizing Magento Business Logic (10 questions): how products work, strategies for catalog maintenance, understanding categories.

The Prep Course

  • A guide written by Joseph Maxwell—who helped write the Associate Developer test, a 2019 Magento Master, who has helped hundreds or thousands become Magento certified.
  • Project guide: a PDF (almost 70 pages) with detailed information on building a practical project.
  • Videos: hours of videos providing additional details. Note that my mistakes are not edited out—rather, they are left in and I show you how to work through them.
  • A git repository: peeking is allowed here (but code copying is certainly not encouraged).
This project guide is built by Joseph Maxwell—a 2019 Magento Master. He helped write the Magento Associate Developer test and helped hundreds of people become Magento certified.
I would recommend everyone to go through them [the project guide].
Now... the story:

Instead of an article that lists 5, 7.5 or 10 resources that will help you become a Magento developer,, here is one resource that I wrote to help you become a Magento professional.

A big question for many is how do I get started in Magento development? Maybe you were just hired by a Magento agency, or maybe you are looking to bone up on your own skills.

Imagine having a senior developer come alongside you and teach you his learnings from the school of hard knocks. Instead of having to battle for days to find an answer, what would it be like to know where to find the answer quickly? Keep reading, because you will find the answer.

The Magento Open Source project has approximately 3,245,229 (over 3 million) lines of PHP code. The learning curve often takes months and possibly years. In the process, you are met with massive challenges in addition to not knowing the right way to build things. Many times, when people exit the learning curve, they do so with much baggage in the form of habits of doing things the wrong way. This costs time and money in having to come back later and fix mistakes. Oh, and undoing habits is really hard.

What if you could start development, the right way?

You can.

My goal is to train you from the beginning in what you should do, and how to do it to be successful. There is massive misinformation about Magento that is widely circulated and beginners don’t know what is good and what is bad.

I am going through the videos for the associate study guide and as you know I went through part of the project guide document as well. I find the videos to be fantastic!! I would recommend everyone to go through them. What is really important is the fact that "mistakes" stay included in the video and you debug through them "live". I have seen a lot of videos showing "perfect coding" where those mistakes were cut from the training and the person would just say something like "if you have this you should do that, etc..." but seeing it in your video and the thinking process behind it is so valuable. Thanks for all the time and efforts you put into this.

I have written an involved guide to help you come up to speed on Magento development. After reading and working through it, you won’t be a senior developer—that only comes with years of experience. But, you will be familiar with the main areas of Magento development. And, you will know where and how to find answers to questions in the Magento core.

If you give someone a fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach someone how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.

That’s what happened to me. When I started out in Magento development, I ended up with a mentor who taught me this very thing. Instead of “use Magento Stack Exchange”, the discussion was around “where can I find this in the core?”. Don’t get me wrong, there are some cases in which Magento Stack Exchange is helpful but it is not the resource for us developers. Our #1 resource is right here on our development machines, right now.

What does it include?
  • The incredibly effective SwiftOtter study guide.
  • A practical and helpful project. This works through each step of the process and is a written provider of knowledge.
  • Videos for each step. These videos are not cleanly-edited videos to only show the exact steps to take. Rather, they are mostly unedited to show the issues I run into while developing. My experience is I followed tutorials but I always had other problems, so that lessened the value that these tutorials brought to me. They were also discouraging because what seemed as though it should take less than an hour took me way longer.
  • A git repository. You can see how I already implemented the ideas in the PDF. Note that the videos occasionally show a different code. That is because there are often multiple ways to skin a cat.

Study Guide

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  • Includes 4 practice test attempts.
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