Richmond Page – Certifiably Competent
Acquia is the open source digital experience company, so reads the headline (or H1, depending on your role at the agency) on the Acquia website. As an ‘experience platform,’ Acquia is by its own definition built around the Drupal CMS which allows companies to ‘build, operate and optimize their digital experiences, providing the world’s most ambitious brands with technology that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter.'
Moments that matter
Blue Water, as a leading experience agency, has a strong contingent of Acquia certified developers, none less so than Richmond Page, Blue Water’s Solutions Architect, both an Acquia certification proponent and ardent ‘drupalista.’ In a recent break between projects, we cornered Rich for a Blue Water Speed Profile.
Blue Water: Rich, do you have a minute?
Richmond Page: I do.
BW: Which Acquia certification(s) do you have?
Page: Drupal 7 Certified Frontend Developer. Drupal 8 Certified Frontend Developer. And Drupal 8 Certified Developer.
BW: When did you get them?
Page: 2016 through 2018.
BW: What was your familiarity with Acquia and Drupal before getting Acquia certified?
BW: What concerns (if any) did you have about getting certified?
BW: What was your approach to studying and preparing for it? Alone vs. a group? Paced over time vs. cramming on a weekend?
Page: Didn’t prepare for the D8 Frontend test at all but I felt I knew what to expect because I had previously taken the D7 Frontend exam. For D7, I spent a few hours the night before brushing up on some concepts that I did not use a lot in my day-to-day development. However, for the D8 Developer exam, the Blue Water development team studied together and as a result, almost our entire development team is now Drupal 8 certified. It was a great way to collaborate and strengthen our team.
BW: Have you felt any benefits of being certified?
Page: I feel it sets an expectation that I’m an expert and conveys a level of trust for clients or potential clients right off the bat. This is also true within our team as well.
BW: How do our clients and future or potential clients benefit from an agency with strong Acquia certification?
Page: Acquia certification shows that Blue Water is committed to Acquia/Drupal as a service and platform. It also acknowledges that we have the skills and experience to use Drupal in a competent and efficient way.
BW: What was the most valuable thing you learned during the certification process?
Page: Reviewing the study guides provided some new information about Drupal development techniques and best practices that I hadn’t used before on a regular basis.
BW: Lastly, what advice do you have for others who are thinking about getting certified?
Page: Using Drupal on a regular basis is the best way to pass the certifications. Beyond that I guess it really depends on the test that someone is taking. For the Drupal Site Builder: become familiar with the Drupal basics: roles, content types, blocks, taxonomies, views, nodes, entities, etc. For the Frontend Specialist: HTML, CSS, JS, Drupal hooks, Drupal basics mentioned for the Site Builder. Also, use the study guides provided by Acquia.
Build. Operate. Optimize.
The Acquia Platform Certification is the premier professional Drupal certification program, the trusted benchmark for validating and promoting the expertise of the developer – as well as the agency and helping ensure a successful project delivery for our clients.
Blue Water continues to champion certifications for our developers, with the eye on ensuring that the brands we work with can produce ‘moments that matter’ for their customers, and thereby differentiate themselves in the marketplace.
Blue Water is a full-service agency that delivers exceptional online and offline experiences for private and public-sector clients. Leveraging data, we operate at the intersection of experience design, creative, content strategy, technology, and marketing, which we call our Digital Convergence Model (DCM), and work in small, cross-functional teams with clients as our partners and users as our focus. This forms the foundation of our approach to turning digital challenges into endless possibilities.