FAQs for FileMaker Certification
Certificate and exam inquiries (Expand/Collapse All)
Are there pre-requisites for taking the exam?
No, there are no pre-requisites. Anyone may take the exam.
What should I expect to receive if I pass the certification exam?
Candidates who have successfully passed the exam will receive a FileMaker Certified Developer certificate with permission to use the FileMaker Certified Developer logo. The certificate and logo will have the version of the exam, for example, "FileMaker 11 Certified Developer" or "FileMaker 12 Certified Developer." FBA members have an opportunity to list their company and be recognized as having a certified developer(s) on their local FileMaker website. See section on "Highlighting certified developers".
When will I receive my certificate?
Your certification package will be mailed approximately two to three weeks after the exam is completed.
I passed the certification, but haven't yet received my packet with my certificate.
If you have not received your package after a one-month waiting period, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your first name, last name, and full address given at the time of the test.
How can I change or correct my name, if it's misspelled on the certificate?
While you can request a correction for a misspelled name, you cannot change your name. For misspelled names, please contact email@example.com. Allow up to three weeks for a new certificate.
What if I lose my certificate?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my certification expire?
There is no expiration date to the certification title you receive. You may, however, be certified on a technology that is outdated if FileMaker, Inc. releases a new technology version and its associated exam. Keeping your certification current is highly recommended. FileMaker, at its discretion, may offer certification for one version back.
Will my test results be given to my employer, if they request it?
No, FileMaker will not provide test results or names of FileMaker certified developers. It is the responsibility of the certified developer to share that information with their employer if they so desire.
What if my employer requests that FileMaker confirm my certification?
FileMaker will not deny or confirm individual names of FileMaker certified developers. The certificate is your proof of certification. Your employer will be advised of this policy.
What is the cost of the exam?
The exam cost is US$150 (or equivalent in other countries). At the time of registration, candidates are required to provide payment information. Thomson Prometric processes most major forms of credit card payment. After paying for the test, the candidate can schedule a convenient time and location for the exam.
Where do I register for the exam?
To register, go to: http://www.prometric.com/filemaker.
Where do I take the exam?
Thomson Prometric, a renowned industry leader in test development and delivery, has over 5,000 test centers available worldwide. When you register for an exam, you’ll have an opportunity to choose a location near you.
How much time do I have to take the exam?
The exam is 64 multiple-choice questions. You are allowed 2 hours to take the exam.
Once I take the exam, how long will it take to get the results?
Upon completion of the exam, you will be given a pass or fail score at the time of the exam.
What if I fail the exam, how soon can I take it again?
FileMaker has a 14-day re-testing policy. This means that if you take an exam, fail it, and need to retake the "same" exam again, you will be required to wait 14 days before taking the exam again. Why the policy?
- Within the Certification industry, it is common for certification programs to impose a waiting period of up to one month. FileMaker requires only 14 days.
- The wait period assists with test security. Increased security means that the credential is even more valuable once earned.
- Requiring a wait period provides a consistent basis for measuring skills and abilities. It has been proven that people who retake exams earlier than two weeks acquire an unfair advantage based upon short-term memory. Again this helps to protect the value of your credentials.
- We want customers to succeed, so the wait allows additional time for customers to study in order to pass the next time.
How many times can I take the test should I fail?
There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test; however, each testing session will incur the standard testing fee.
FileMaker 13 Certification (Expand/Collapse All)
When will FileMaker 13 Certification be available?
FileMaker 13 Certification will be available in Spring 2014.
FileMaker 12 Certification (Expand/Collapse All)
Is FileMaker 12 Certification available?
Yes, the "Developer Essentials for FileMaker 12" is available. Register for this exam.
What credential will I receive when I take the exam?
Candidates who are successful in passing the "Developer Essentials for FileMaker 12" exam will receive the "FileMaker 12 Certified Developer" credential.
FileMaker 11 Certification (Expand/Collapse All)
Is FileMaker 11 Certification available?
Yes, the "Developer Essentials for FileMaker 11" is available, and those who pass will receive the "FileMaker 11 Certified Developer" credential. Register for this exam.
What does this mean for my current FileMaker 7, 8, 9, 10 and/or 11 Certifications?
Your FileMaker certifications are important credentials. Customers and employers may ask for it if they have earlier versions of FileMaker software at their company.
FileMaker 7, 8, 9 & 10 Certification (Expand/Collapse All)
Is FileMaker 7, 8, 9, or 10 Certification available?
No, FileMaker offers only one previous version for certification. Only the FileMaker 12 and FileMaker 11 Certification exams are available. FileMaker 13 Certification will be available Spring 2014.
Highlighting certified developers (Expand/Collapse All)
Who gets recognition as a FileMaker Certified Developer on the FileMaker website?
FileMaker Business Alliance members are eligible to receive special recognition for their organization. The company by whom the certified individual is employed must have an active FBA membership, and the individual must be a full-time employee of that company. The primary contact for the organization's FBA membership must inform FileMaker when an employee is no longer working at the company or organization. [Non-members are not eligible for a listing on the FileMaker website.]
FileMaker TechNet members may enter their FileMaker certification credential in their profile in the Developer Community (https://fmdev.filemaker.com) and the special logo will appear in their avatar.
How does FileMaker establish eligibility?
To establish your eligibility, the FBA member must enter the registration number of the exam in the FBA Profile in the Members Only website (if you have lost or misplaced this number, you can still enter your certification information and FileMaker will verify your certification). It takes up to 2 business days for your listing to get updated on the FileMaker website.
It is the responsibility of the FBA member to update their FBA Profile in the FBA Members Only area immediately if the certified developer is no longer employed at the company. FileMaker reserves the right to audit employment at any time.
How will FileMaker showcase certified FBA members on its website?
Each FBA organization that has a certified developer on staff will be noted with a special symbol next to their company name—in the consultants and training listing of the FBA Consultnts listing. Companies with a certified developer(s) on staff will be listed in alpha order and appear at the top level of customer search results.
My company has multiple branch offices. Will my certification count for all locations for my company?
Yes, your FileMaker certifications count for your primary office location as well as your branch offices.
If we have multiple developers on staff who have achieved FileMaker Certification, how will this be noted?
For organizations that have more than one certified developer on staff, FileMaker will list the number of certifications for each version for that company.
Are FileMaker Technical Network (FileMaker TechNet) members and FileMaker Business Alliance (FBA) members required to take the FileMaker Certification exam?
Certification is optional for FileMaker TechNet and FBA members. Although, FBA members are not required to take the exam and become certified for membership of the FBA, they do have an opportunity to increase the profile of their company or the company they are working for on the FileMaker website, if they successfully pass the certification examination.
Logos (Expand/Collapse All)
How do I receive the logo after I have successfully completed and passed the certification exam?
Each candidate who successfully passes the exam will receive a certificate and a letter. The letter will contain a special URL to download the logo from the website. You will be required to agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the FileMaker Certification logo agreement at the time of the download.
Are there guidelines for the use of the FileMaker Certified Developer logo?
Yes. To review the FileMaker Certified Developer logo agreement, download here.
Can certification holders use the certification title on their business cards or resume?
Yes, individual certification holders can use the certified title on their business cards and resume. The certification holder, however, must include the certified version number whenever one is available.