MongoDB announced on Tuesday a certification program for developers and database administrators that will allow them to prove their MongoDB expertise to prospective employers.
As the initial step in its certification program, MongoDB will offer the Associate MongoDB Certified Developer exam beginning Dec. 3, 2013. Following that, the Professional and Master MongoDB Certified Developer exams will be available in 2014.
MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database, accounting for 49 percent of all mentions of NoSQL technologies on LinkedIn, according to the 451 Group. There are currently more than 5 million downloads of MongoDB.
There are many certification and training programs available in other open source communities as well, including OpenStack. There are so many training options available now that OpenStack recently launched a training marketplace for users to see them all in one place.
Priced at $150, the exams will be available online through the MongoDB University platform to ensure developers and database admins from around the world can participate – making it an international standard for organizations looking to hire qualified MongoDB professionals. The courses will be available in English, Japanese, as well as French and German in 2014.
“The launch of MongoDB certification is a response to the widespread adoption of our NoSQL database and the increasing importance employers are placing on MongoDB expertise,” Andrew Erlichson, vice president, education and cloud services at MongoDB said. “Our rigorous, hands-on exam helps developers and DBAs build their careers, while providing organizations with a trusted indicator that potential employees have the right skillset to deliver on projects in this competitive industry.”
To address the challenges of creating problems that can be graded automatically, MongoDB University has developed an in-browser MongoDB web shell that allows students to test Mongo Query language against cloud-based MongoDB servers, according to the announcement.
Recently, MongoDB changed its name from 10gen to unify the name of the open source database with the company behind it.