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The exam pattern usually consist of 50-70 objective multiple choice questions.Exam cost is around $125 and Zend offers a discounts on  retake of  exam in case you fail.Its obvious to find a test centres. So i have a set of links for you guys to check in. Pearson Vue gives this facility to search for a test location,schedule a test, reschedule if needed. Click  here to plot your nearest centre.

More information on the exam, its importance and usefullness can be obtain at

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Zend PHP 5 certification is a well recognized and standard certification a PHP developer can take on. I have been preparing for the exam for last 15 days only. So This is just a start. As we will proceed step by step in bulding a concrete knowledge on the certification.

Well lets start of with what we have to study. i.e. What’s the syllabus?

Exam Information

PHP Basics

  • Syntax
  • Operators
  • Variables
  • Constants
  • Control Structures
  • Language Constructs and Functions


  • Syntax
  • Arguments
  • Variables
  • References
  • Returns
  • Variable Scope


  • Enumerated Arrays
  • Associative Arrays
  • Array Iteration
  • Multi-Dimensional Arrays
  • Array Functions
  • SPL

Object Oriented Programming

  • Instantiation
  • Modifiers/Inheritance
  • Interfaces
  • Exceptions
  • Static Methods & Properties
  • Autoload
  • Reflection
  • Type Hinting
  • Class Constants


  • Configuration
  • Session Security
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Cross-Site Request Forgeries
  • SQL Injection
  • Remote Code Injection
  • Email Injection
  • Filter Input
  • Escape Output

XML and Web Services

  • XML Basics
  • SimpleXML
  • XML Extension
  • Xpath
  • Webservices Basics
  • SOAP
  • REST

Strings and Patterns

  • Quoting
  • Matching
  • Extracting
  • Searching
  • Replacing
  • Formatting
  • PCRE

Databases and SQL

  • SQL
  • Joins
  • Analyzing Queries
  • Prepared Statements
  • Transactions

Web Features

  • Sessions
  • Forms
  • GET and POST data
  • Cookies
  • HTTP Headers

Streams and Network Programming

  • Files
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • File System Functions
  • Streams

PHP 4/5 Differences

  • Object Orientation
  • References vs. Object Handles

Design and Theory

  • IDesign Patterns
  • Code Reuse
  • OOP Theory

A copy of the syllabus is also available on the official Zend website. Click here for more information.

In the coming posts we’ll be aware of which are the certification centres and what are the certification fees and most importantly the study matter!!

So its bye for now until we meet for the next time.