Every situation speaks of itself by denial, in order to attempt to escape, by simulation of death, its real agony.
As Acquia Drupal Certification turned 1 recently, I was trying to make sense of how many people have taken the certification exam, especially from India.
The certification team had recently launched the Acquia Certification Registry portal @ http://training.acquia.com/registry where you can search through and browse the list of candidates that have cleared the certification exam(s).
I built a small script that scraped the results, crawling through all 20 pages currently available on the registry portal, into a spreadsheet as well as a MySQL database, that I could run queries later to mine for the data I was looking for.
Finally, after a few minutes, I had a local consolidated database of the data publicly available from the certification registry, which I could run queries against, to find the answers I was looking for.
FInally, I have the numbers that I was interested in...
Total Number of Certifications = 777
(As on the registry on Sat April 11 9am IST)
Number of People Certified = 685
Unites States tops the chart with
307 certifications of
259 certified candidates, followed by
India with 86 candidates!
Number of Certifications - Top 6 Countries
Number of Certified Developers - Top 6 Countries
Acquia Certified Developers are spread over 40+ Countries!
On this context, I had a quick chat with Peter Minijak from the Acquia Certification team for a more deeper insight into the numbers. Was surprised to know that this list is going to explode soon to at least 150% as the total number of registered profiles including those who are yet to give their exam currently stands at 60+!
66 Developers have
more than 1 certification!
Acquia also gives a ”Grand Master”title to candidates who have cleared the first 3 examinations. There are
11 such candidates currently.
The same are listed @ http://training.acquia.com/registry/grand-masters
14 countries have developers holding
more than 1 certification
Feels good to see India at #2, by absolute numbers. But if seen relatively, considering the large number of Drupal shops and Service Integrators in India, I think the number is still small and definitely bound to make a huge leap in the coming months.
NOTE: These numbers were scraped from the Certification Registry portal. They are no where close to being reliable. There could be some bugs from my script or the bad queries I write ;-)