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In talking with members in the Unity community, one of the common, recurring themes we have encountered is a need for a way to reliably assess an individual’s Unity knowledge and skills against a benchmark of proficiency.

From our community of Unity educators, we’ve heard a need for tools that will support their educational programs, and help them set students up for success as they move into the workforce by ensuring they have the relevant skills that industry employers really want. From studios, we’ve heard that they are looking for a way to more easily identify and qualify Unity talent, so recruiting and initial evaluations are more efficient. They are also looking for a way to assess their existing teams, so they can identify individual strengths and areas where professional development is needed. Aspiring developers, who are looking for a job in the games industry and may not yet have the benefit of years of experience or an extensive portfolio, are looking for a way to communicate their skills to potential employers. The community in general, in fact, has been asking about certification for a long time — there are forum threads dating back as far as 2010 — and expressing a desire to validate their skills against a common baseline, to better know where they stand in terms of proficiency.

In an effort to respond to all of these needs, we developed the Unity Certification Program, and at GDC 2016 we were thrilled to announce that the first level, Unity Certified Developer, is now available!

The Unity Certified Developer Exam

The Unity Certified Developer Exam was designed to provide a credential that validates foundational skills for making a game with Unity, spanning key concepts in both technical art and programming. In addition to breadth, it also has depth: the feedback we’ve received is that it is a challenging exam, even for those with some experience under their belts, and that a passing score is a good indicator that an individual has the core skills required for successful game production in Unity.

It offers Unity developers at all levels an opportunity to challenge themselves, to test their understanding of the end-to-end game production process. Results are given immediately upon completion of the exam and shown by topic area, so areas of strength are identified as well as areas where improvement may be needed. By providing a challenging, meaningful indicator of Unity knowledge and skill, we also hope to provide aspiring game developers with a credential that will help them communicate their skills to employers and successfully transition into a professional career in games.

Unity Certification Exam Results

Certification candidates receive their results the instant they complete the exam. In addition to their final score, they are also shown a breakdown of their results by topic area, so they can see where they did well, and where they may need to brush up.

We developed the exam through extensive research and requirements gathering with an advisory board of commercial game studios and educational institutions, to ensure that it would address Unity skills that are relevant and valuable to industry employers and be challenging enough to represent a meaningful benchmark of skill. We hope to help close the loop between education and industry by helping educators create graduates that will populate the future workforce with talent equipped with the Unity knowledge and skills that employers truly value. To that end, we structured the program so that it would complement and support the way educators teach.

The very first Unity Certified Developer exams in the world were administered at GDC and included members of the Unity Technologies team along with User Group Leaders and other enthusiastic Unity community members who were ready to take on the challenge.

Unity Certified Developers at GDC 2016

The world’s very first Unity Certified Developer was the ever-popular Carl Callewaert, long-time Head of Global Evangelism for Unity Technologies. CTO and Co-founder Joachim Ante also showed that he has what it takes to become Unity Certified!  We can’t tell you who got the better score, but it starts with a J…

At GDC we were happy to congratulate the first Unity Certified Developers from many countries, among them Ross Kelly from South Africa, Balbino Aylagas from El Salvador, and Rodrigo Medina and Fabian Hernandez from Mexico. We were also pleased to congratulate Katherine Harris, a Microsoft Technical Evangelist from San Francisco, Ca., the first female in the world to become a Unity Certified Developer.

For those who are looking to take on the challenge, the Unity Certified Developer Exam is available at Unity Certification events around the world, including select Unite conferences and Unity Roadshows. If you’re already planning on attending one of these events, you can conveniently take the exam in a couple of hours while you’re there. We’re also working on rolling out an online proctoring solution, to make certification exams more easily accessible and widely available.

See what's covered on the Unity Certified Developer Exam

What’s covered on the exam?

If you’d like to see whether you’d feel comfortable having a go at it based on your existing Unity knowledge and experience, you can review the Unity Certified Developer Exam Objectives to see a detailed list of the topics covered on the exam.

Need to prepare? We’ve got you covered!

If after looking at the Exam Objectives you feel like you might need to study up — good news! We’re currently putting the finishing touches to an online learning program, the Unity Certified Developer Courseware, that directly maps to preparation for the certification exam. The Courseware includes instructional videos and game project-based exercises that encourage hands-on learning as it takes you through the process of making a working game with Unity, from the ground up. Though it is not required to take the exam, it provides a structured learning experience that can help new users build their foundational skills in game production. For those that already have some experience, courseware can help fill in any gaps in knowledge and help ensure they are ready for the full range of topics they will encounter on the exam.

Courseware will be available shortly, sign up to get notified as soon as it’s ready.

Unity Certified Developer Courseware

The Unity Certified Developer Courseware covers 20 topic areas that are designed to prepare you for your certification exam. Instructional videos take you through the process of making a working game as you follow along and learn hands-on with the Zombie Toys game project exercise files.

Future Levels of the Unity Certification Program

This is just the beginning…

Unity Certified Developer is just the starting point for this program — future levels that will address more advanced and specialized skill sets, such as artist or programmer, are in development.

In addition, exams and courseware will be made available in multiple languages in addition to English, to ensure that developers around the world have access to certification in their native language.

If you’re interested in being kept up-to-date about new certifications as we roll them out, you can sign up here.

Are you up to the challenge?

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  1. Hi,
    I would like to know if there is any sample questions for the formats mentioned available ? I am planning to take the exam in few weeks.

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Guys

    Any update on when the course-ware will be available? I know im not ready to take the exam so hence, would like to dig into the course-ware so i can study hard to get certification.

    Thanks
    Matt

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  7. Andreas Freitag

    April 8, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    6 years of experience with development, more than 4 years of experience with Unity and were five days of hard study before certification, but it was worth all the dedication.

    Unity Certified Developer – 05/04/2016 in Brazil

    Sorry for my English…

  8. Rodrigo Medina

    April 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I’m on the cover!!!

  9. Chris Drogaris

    April 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I am looking forward to taking this, they are coming to my city at the end of the month.

    But the courseware isn’t ready yet unfortunately so I can prepare.

    Any ideas on when it will be ready, or how often you will come to Montreal so I can do the test next time?

    1. [Sorry, the first comment wasn’t correctly formatted)
      Hello Chris,
      You can start studying right now without having to wait for the courseware.
      Just check side by side the Examen Objectives and the Unity Documentation, and I think you will be fine.
      Though, I’m not saying you shouldn’t take the courseware, because I’m planning to take when will be available :). But if had in hurry to take the Exam, I would do what I suggested above.
      Good Luck with the Exam!

  10. It would be nice if you could publish an example test, so that one could get a better feel for what is expected and how the test is constructed.

    1. And mostly, employers could see if that has an actual value.

      We value Uni degree based on reputation and content of their curriculum. Same for work experience. So as long as the content is not made public, it is somehow pointless for hire. Or should we just trust blindly coz it is stamped Unity?

      1. Laetitia Santore

        April 7, 2016 at 6:27 am

        Hi Jeff, thanks for your comment: we did do extensive research and requirements gathering with our industry partners to determine the foundational skills covered on this exam. The topics that are covered on the exam are detailed in the Exam Objectives, which you can review at certification.unity.com/objectives.

    2. Laetitia Santore

      April 7, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Hi Patrik, I will take this back to the product team, I believe a practice test is in the works. In the meantime, to give you a bit more information on the exam: it covers 16 areas of competency that represent foundational skills for game production with Unity. You can review the topics covered on the exam in detail at certification.unity.com/objectives and the question formats are multiple choice, drag-and-drop, matching, and hot-spot.

  11. Thanks, I took the exam at GDC and got my email tonight. Any timeframe as to when the searchable database will be available?

    1. Laetitia Santore

      April 6, 2016 at 1:51 am

      Hi Oliver, we currently anticipate this will be up and running this week!

      1. Thanks

  12. It’s hard to take the certification seriously when the Certification Exam Objectives PDF includes:

    “Explain Rigidbody’s
    Locate Rigidbody’s
    Differentiate Rigid Body properties
    Assess the impact of forces on Rigidbody’s”

    Some grammar certification would be great…

    1. Laetitia Santore

      April 5, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Hi Radu, I will raise this to our product team to investigate whether this reflects the exact terminology used in the editor (even if it is not grammatically correct), or whether it should be updated – thanks for your sharp eye in any case!

      1. He meant grammar is wrong, not terminology doesn’t match the editor’s
        For example “Locate Rigidbody’s” should be “Locate Rigidbodys”

      2. or rather locate rigidbodies :)
        anyway I remember back during testing, the wording left to be desired, and for everyone planning to take the certification, the automated grading system was very broken, unable to parse the simplest variation – so good luck to you all.

        1. Laetitia Santore

          April 5, 2016 at 5:47 am

          Got it, thanks LL – will work on getting it sorted out :) . With regard to the exam, based on feedback from the testing sessions we refined question wording and also removed open text questions that required testers to input answers. Instead we have kept the questions to formats such as multiple choice, drag-and-drop, hotspot, and matching.

        2. Thanks LL for clarifying, and Laetitia for passing the issue along. I know that a lot of people at Unity are not English natives (nor am I for that matter), so that mistakes happen is understandable, but attention to detail when publishing outward-facing materials should never be spared. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome that there’s a plan for certification and I plan to try it as soon as I get a chance, but the ‘authority’ distributing the thumbs-up should aspire to be spotless, for credibility’s sake.

    2. Scott Courtney

      April 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

      I’m amused! I caught those errors, too, and was going to report them until I saw this post.

      The question is whether they intentionally wanted “Rigidbodys” as the constructed plural of a class name (which is actually correct in many technical contexts, normal grammar notwithstanding), or whether they needed the grammatically correct “Rigidbodies”. Either way, “Rigidbody’s” with the apostrophe is incorrect.

      The point about many Unity colleagues not being native English speakers is well-taken, though. :-)

  13. I also got my certification at GDC, but we did not get a chance to look over our results, and I haven’t gotten the email about the certificate yet. Has anyone else gotten theirs yet? Is there any way to view the results again?

    1. Laetitia Santore

      April 4, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      Hi Megan, congrats on getting Unity Certified! Please check your email, I will make sure your certificate is sent to you!

      1. I got it!! Thank you!!

      2. Luís Pedro Fonseca

        April 5, 2016 at 1:49 am

        I also did my certification at GDC and no email yet. I got in touch last week and was told I would get it soon.
        It’s a bit unprofessional, to say the least, that we have to ask around on a blog post comment section to get it…

        1. Laetitia Santore

          April 5, 2016 at 3:51 am

          Hi Luis, I do apologize for the delay, we uncovered a technical issue that we did not encounter in testing and have been working to resolve it – we will ensure that the process is much smoother going forward. In the meantime, please check your email, I will make sure you receive your certificate.

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  14. Thanks!!, this is something I was really looking forward!
    By the way, is the exam a multiple-choice type? or will we have to write responses to questions?
    The reason of my question is because I’m from Argentina, my english is good but not perfect, so I want to know If that could affect my final score.

    1. Laetitia Santore

      April 4, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Hernan! So glad to hear you are excited about getting Unity Certified! The exam combines several question formats including multiple choice, matching, drag-and-drop, etc., but there are no essay or open text written questions. Currently, the exam is available only in English, but we are working on a Latin-American Spanish version that we hope to release in the near future!

      1. Thank you Laetitia! :)

  15. Robert Cummings

    April 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Great, this should make hiring much smoother.