Last Updated on 04/05/2021 by Patryk Bandurski
After I have passed the mule Integration Professional exam I got a lot of questions from the community. What materials did I use? What are the main points to learn? What to expect on the exam. I have decided to share some of my experience with the certification. In this article, you can find all materials that I have used.
Integration Professional overview
The Integration Professional is a proctored exam. You have two hours to answer for a hundred questions. There are different questions types, like:
- single answer,
- multiple choice, number of correct options known,
- multiple choice, number of correct options is not known.
The second option was used the most in my opinion. You need to get at least 80%. Personally, I received a decimal number as the score. Probably questions are not assessed 0 or 1, but something between as well.
What is more, if you are working currently only on Mule 4, I do not recommend passing this certification. Runtimes differs too much.
This was one of the most asked questions. I like that MuleSoft has a prepared the curriculum that is needed for this exam. All topics covered on the exam are available in the MuleSoft Certified Developer – Integration Professional Exam Preparation Guide.
I found the topics list really useful. I went through each point in the list. I recommend you to do so if you plan to take the exam. If not, it is a good thought to do it as well, because you always want to become better at what you do. That is in integration :).
Knowledge – Useful links
Some of the links are obvious, but it is a good idea to have them all together. If you find this list useful or something should be added please let me know.
Mule documentation is the first place that you should visit. Documentation is divided into useful parts. Not all are necessary for this certification. You need to check what version of Mule you are looking at. Because it frequently changes, you may not even know that you are reading the documentation for Mule 3.6. You can find this information on the right-hand side.
Here are the areas that I have visited:
A good place, as Ana suggested is the Anypoint Exchange. It is a good idea to look at examples that are there. Personally, I have looked there for examples for areas that I needed in my real live projects. Definitely, it is worth visiting this site.
Here a the blogs that I have read. Of course, not all articles are necessary for Integration Professional exam. However, a lot of articles are useful. I like especially Joshua’s articles about DataWeave.
You can find more blogs on monthly blog post shared on Mule blog under Community Roundup.
I think that “raw” knowledge is not good enough to pass the exam. You need to have deep practical experience. I think a couple of Mule’s projects are required. On the other hand, if you have a lot of practical knowledge you need as well read thoroughly documentation. During preparation for the exam, I was able to increase my knowledge about Mule.
I did not use every feature that is available in MuleSoft. For areas that I did not use or not know well enough, I have deiced to write examples in Anypoint Studio. This is an excellent strategy to see how it works in real life and improve your knowledge in a specific area. MuleSoft documentation is written really well, however you need to have some practical experience too. I encourage you to do the same. I think that this investment will pay off :).
Hope it will help pass your cert as well :).