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Certified Professional in Python Programming 1 (PCPP1) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Is the PCPP1 worth it?

Yes, the Certified Professional in Python Programming (PCPP) certification is worth it – the credential represents broad, advanced familiarity with one of the world's most popular programming languages. Python is so popular because of its incredible versatility: it's used in data science, web development, AI/ML, automation and much more – taking the time to learn Python and earn the PCPP1 is a worthwhile investment in yourself and your career in any number of fields.

How much does the PCPP1 cost?

At the time of this writing, the exam for PCPP1 is PCPP1-32-10x and it costs $195 to attempt. In addition to that, the Certified Associate in Python Programming (PCAP) is a prerequisite for the PCPP, and that certification costs $295. That means the total cost for the PCPP1 is at least $490. Also keep in mind there are two different professional-level Python certs: the PCPP2 (which can only be taken after earning PCPP1) also costs $195.

How difficult is the Certified Professional in Python Programming 1 exam?

The PCPP1 exam is a challenging test of your advanced familiarity with the Python programming language itself as well as your competence deploying the language in complicated use-cases. There will be questions related to using classes, and requiring you to model real-life problems in the OOP categories. You'll need to demonstrate knowledge of best practices and standardization. The test also covers GUI programming, network programming and file processing. Overall, the PCPP1 is a tough exam that's worth preparing for at length.

Does the Certified Professional in Python Programming expire?

No, the Certified Professional in Python Programming certification (PCPP1) doesn't expire. That's highly unusual in the IT credential world, and is probably reflective of how much real-world application and problem-solving is covered by the exam, as well as rote knowledge related to the programming language. The skills you learn in order to pass the PCPP1 exam are more about applying the right technological solution to complicated problems, and those are life-long skills.

Is the PCPP1 an entry-level cert?

No, the PCPP1 is not an entry-level cert, and it probably shouldn't be attempted by someone who doesn't have substantial experience in development generally and Python specifically. There are two earlier certifications: the Certified Associate in Python Programming (PCAP) and Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer (PCEP). PCAP is a prerequisite for PCPP, so you'd have to start with the PCAP no matter what, but brand-new and entry-level developers should seriously consider starting with the PCEP.
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