Hello to Amasty blog readers!

We have some great news. A member of Amasty Support Department has passed the exam and now is a Magento Certified Solution Specialist. Congrats to Siarhei Hromau!

A Magento Solution Specialist is an expert user of the Magento ecommerce platform. Drawing on a deep background in business and ecommerce, the Magento Solution Specialist can efficiently align business objectives with Magento functionality, optimize use of native features, and avoid unnecessary customization. Whether as a merchant, a manager, a consultant, or an analyst, the Magento Solution Specialist knows how to make the best use of Magento technology.

We asked Siarhei a couple of questions about the exam and how the certificate will help his career in Amasty.

 – Why did you decide to get certified?

I was willing to establish myself as a professional. I think that this certification is a good way to verify your skills. In Belarus, there are only a few people that got certified as Solution Specialists.

What is more, I wanted to improve the image of the company and the support department as well. I am pretty sure that my success will stimulate my colleagues to get ready and pass the exam, too, which is going to lead us to a completely new level of customer support.

And, surely, our clients will be glad to know that they receive help from Magento experts in word and deed.

 – Please tell us about your preparations for the exam. How much time did you need? Which recourses did you use to get fit and ready?

The initial idea to pass the exam appeared a year ago, when one of my colleagues brought my attention to the fact that there is a Magento certificate that can be received not only by a developer. From that moment, I started the preparations several times and had to pause it because of the high workload. But this time I was ready to finish the project. For two months, I had been studying heavily: each evening after work and on weekends I had been inspecting the guides and the back streets of Magento CE/EE admin panel. I can’t say I hadn’t been skilled enough before, as I has been working with Magento every day for a significant period of time, but still I got to know a lot of new things, which is always great.

The official Magento User Guide and two local Magento installations were my main sources of knowledge. Also, there’s a Magento Certified Solution Specialist Exam Study Guide, where you can find a decent list of the topics which the specialist should have solid knowledge on, and some test questions as well.

There are three sources that attempted to give answers for the questions from the Guide:

https://www.demacmedia.com/magento-commerce/magento-certified-solution-specialist-study-guide/

http://thedigitalpm.com/magento-solutions-specialist-exam/

https://chrin.com/category/mcss/  – the best one so far.

But I should mention the fact that these sources inevitably have mistakes or inaccuracies.

And, as for any skill, only theory is not enough. To pass the exam, you need to own practical skills as well.

 – How did the exam go? Was it complicated for you? Please do share some advice for those who are planning to become a Magento Certified Solution Specialist.

For some reason, you can’t pass the test neither in Minsk, nor in Belarus, which is a bit strange, because we have an impressive number of Magento related companies.

The closest exam center was in Vilnius, so I had to apply for a visa, and I took a day off to travel there from Minsk, because you can sit the exam only on workdays.

Well, I won’t lie: the exam was hard enough. There were a couple of easy questions, but the most of them made me think properly, and during the exam I made several come backs to think the particularly hard questions over, too.

Do not neglect practical knowledge! For some questions, it is impossible to find an answer in any of the guides. Apart from that, you should have a good grasp of some other fields connected with Magento (mentioning the Exam Study Guide again – you’ll find them there).

– What’s the result of the successful test completion for you personally?

Because in Amasty support department the responsibilities are divided, and each support manager has several Magento extensions under his or her wing, we work with certain features every day and may miss some details from the other area. While getting ready for the test, I managed to even my understanding of Magento as a whole system and learned about some rarely used or misused features.

I’m sure now I am able not only to help our clients, but to understand them better and to provide them even more professional, advanced and solid solutions.