Ask any CIO what the biggest challenge is in bringing their enterprise into the digital age, and it’s not technology, budget or alignment between business and IT that comes up – it’s skilled staff.
You read that right. According to the “Insights from the Gartner CIO Agenda”, the most common pain point with new technologies isn’t the technology itself, but “seeking out the new skills required to exploit them.” Low-code platforms are gaining traction in the market and enabling enterprises to rapidly build, deploy and gain value from custom web and mobile apps. Building a team to develop and deploy these apps gets a whole lot easier with a combination of intuitive easy-to-use low-code tools and sharp, focused training.
Mendix certification is not only a sure-fire way to enable you and your developers to make great apps, but it’s also a great way to build both a professional career and an enterprise Center of Excellence (COE). That’s where Mendix Academy comes in!
Mendix Academy’s core mission is to enable a global pool of project-ready Mendix developers, business analysts and others involved in the development of applications by setting the global standard for certification and training programs across Mendix customers, partners and employees. We design, develop, curate and deliver skills maps, certification programs, classroom and online courses as well as supporting content that enable Mendix users of all types, at all levels, in all geographies.
With Mendix Academy, you can train 24/7 when and where you want with online learning and Community questions & answers.
At Mendix, we think of certification as the combination of knowledge (learning about the job) and experience (doing the job). We have three levels of certification:
Rapid – At this level, you are ready to work on a first project with the support of an experienced Mendix resource. The Rapid Developer curriculum teaches you about everything from the Mendix approach to Collaboration and Agile, Getting Started with Mendix, Adding Data to your App, Adding Custom Logic, Automating Processes, Data Validation and Consistency, Security and Mobile. For Rapid certification, we use an exam, as we’re mostly testing knowledge.
Advanced – At the advanced level, you can work independently, and know when to ask for help, as well as where to find that help. At this level, we certify using practical exercises that test learners’ knowledge of the platform and their experience using it. With the advanced curriculum, you learn about sub-microflows, UI and UX, mastering microflows, data optimization, advanced domain models and security, error handling and customization, and even specialist topics like app administration, REST API’s, and building an app with SAP.
Expert – Becoming expert certified means you can lead a project team and contribute across projects in their specialist area. Here, we certify based on a portfolio review and interview with the candidate. To certify an Expert, we’re looking for deep technical knowledge and evidence of repeated success in leading and implementing Mendix projects. Our new series of short expert courses gives you the information you need in 60 minutes or less. Dive into security and access management, find out about best practices around optimizing app performance, and keep your eyes peeled for new content coming soon!
We’ve clearly defined what knowledge and experience is needed for each job role at each level of expertise and have built both online and classical classroom training to help you and your developers get certified.
You gain knowledge by following courses, and for each level and each job role, we’re building a corresponding module, lecture, or exercise to go with each skill. You build experience by creating Mendix apps in real-world Mendix projects, and we evaluate both knowledge and experience with carefully-calibrated assessment based on the learner’s job function. Because our assessments are based on these definitions, we have established a single, global standard of Mendix certification. In other words, a Mendix certificate means the same whether you’re in Montreal or Mumbai, which is great news for employers and employees alike!
What Mendix certification means to you and your staff
Our thinking behind how these certification programs are built, structured and paced is all based on how it helps you and your team of developers to get up and running with a low-code platform as best as possible. For you, this means that you can establish that COE you’ve been dreaming of. For your developers, it means that they can build out their professional career.
Let’s focus a little on your staff first. For a developer, certification means that you can build a professional Mendix career and directly demonstrate your value to your employer and clients. Beyond that, you can showcase your achievements with globally recognized professional credentials which highlight your knowledge, ability and contributions. A benefit of being certified is that you can always come back to Mendix Academy to learn the latest tips and tricks and discover new stuff with our clearly-defined, role-based curricula.
If you’re running a project team, you’re interested in staffing and building your Mendix Center of Excellence (COE) so you solve business problems with great apps. Because there’s a single standard of training and certification, this means you can cast a wider net and find the right Mendix developer for your COE, whether that’s training resources from your own organization, hiring from the market, or working with Mendix Expert Services or even a certified partner. This means that whether you’re developing your first app, building on your success and expanding to three or five apps, or even scaling Mendix development to your whole enterprise, you can train, find or hire the perfect resource to build your Mendix dream team!
To monitor your team’s progress throughout our learning programs, we provide your Customer Success Manager a maturity report that tracks your team members’ progress. Your Customer Success Manager uses this report to help you decide on the next steps for your team and even identify an individual’s next action.
Our goal at Mendix Academy is to foster and educate a range of job roles and skills for your Mendix COE. The direct benefit is that you and your team get a head-start in creating apps that deliver value to your company. But our goal with our certification program reaches beyond that. We strive to arm professionals with skills that can advance them throughout their career, and we aim to best help you find and build the right team to help you achieve digital execution.