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Acquia Debuts Certification Program, Expands Learning Services

Unveils Industry's First Certification Program for Drupal and Acquia Solutions, Helps Organizations Validate Skills and Foster Continuous Improvement

BURLINGTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/20/14 -- Acquia, where great digital experiences begin, today announced the introduction of the Acquia Certification Program, the industry's first professional assessment and credentialing program to recognize Drupal and Acquia expertise. Employing systematic, objective assessments to validate the skills of developers and users, the program helps organizations effectively assess their team, plan their development projects, and support their organization's career and professional development initiatives in a flexible and scalable way.

Acquia is also expanding the scope of its Learning Services, debuting five on-demand courses for Acquia products, including Acquia Cloud, Acquia Cloud Site Factory, and Acquia Search. Acquia Learning Services has trained thousands of people through its series of live, instructor-led Drupal training courses that are offered through its partner network. Hundreds of organizations have incorporated Acquia training into their digital lifecycle management strategies, enabling them to achieve greater agility, speed their time to market, and reduce their total cost of ownership.

"Teams that are well trained on Drupal and Acquia solutions have a significant advantage to be more creative, innovative and unrestricted to create and deliver great digital experiences," said Chris Comparato, vice president of customer solutions at Acquia. "Acquia Learning Services helps our customers continue to invest in their teams while also increasing their own brand recognition and appreciation within the Drupal community."

Unlike other offerings on the market, Acquia Learning Services offers a customizable approach, giving organizations the flexibility to build training approaches that align to their specific projects and unique needs. Not only does this ensure your team can meet aggressive project times and goals to deliver a high-quality digital experience, but it also gives organizations peace of mind that their teams can achieve success using Drupal and Acquia solutions. Certification from Acquia also enables individuals to demonstrate their mastery of Drupal and Acquia solutions and preparedness to support development projects.

"The Acquia Learning Services team provided training and insight that enabled us to be successful in several Drupal implementation projects that followed," said Satish Popale, senior manager program management and training lead, global capabilities team, SapientNitro. "Acquia customized the training to our needs and worked one-on-one with each of the class participants. We also had some great conversations about the product architecture and performance considerations that were very useful for our technical architects."

New Acquia product courses are designed for Drupal developers and non-technical professionals who rely on Acquia products. The initial Acquia product courses to debut are:

  • Acquia Cloud for Developers, providing instruction on Acquia's world-class cloud platform and development tools for digital lifecycle management.
  • Acquia Search, offering an introduction to Acquia's fully managed SaaS application, which provides faceted search for Drupal sites.
  • Course modules for site building, site management and deploying customizations for Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a turnkey digital experience platform that enables organizations to deliver hundreds of websites with velocity and freedom.

Acquia Cloud for Developers is now available on-demand. Acquia Search and Acquia Cloud Site Factory on-demand courses will be launched in the coming weeks.

Acquia certification exams are administered at more than 750 locations across the globe and are available through online proctored testing. For more information about Acquia Learning Services and the Acquia Certification Program, to register for a course or to learn about designing your own training session, visit training.acquia.com.

About Acquia
Acquia is where great digital experiences begin. Acquia is helping some of the world's leading brands succeed, including Twitter, Mercedes Benz, Warner Music Group, and Stanford University. Join the more than 4,000 organizations that are moving at the speed of the web with Acquia's solutions for content, community and commerce. Acquia offers developer tools, cloud solutions and global expertise to drive success the open source way.

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