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Zend Certified PHP Engineering (ZCPE) Course

What is the Zend PHP 7.1 Certification

Zend Technologies Ltd. is a U.S. Company, based in California. Zend creates products for PHP applications, ranging from development software to PHP deployment products.

The primary goal that Zend has for Certified Engineers is to help them find better jobs in the PHP Industry. To achieve this, Zend lists all the ZCPEs that have ever passed the Zend PHP Certification Exam, on their website, in a section called “Yellow Pages for PHP Professionals”. Also, Zend allows Certified PHP Engineers to place a ZCPE logo on their personal web site or resume.

The exam itself is meant to cover the 10 most important topics that a PHP Developer must know: Code Basics, Functions, Arrays, Object-oriented PHP, Security, Databases, Data Format & Data Types, Strings & Patterns, Web Features and I/O. The exam is composed of around 70 randomly generated questions that vary in their level of difficulty. The person taking the exam must respond to all the questions in 90 minutes.


What are the requirements?

  • The basic PHP and MySql is a prerequisite for this course.

Benefits of Zend PHP Certification

Becoming a Zend Certified PHP Engineer will not make you a better programmer, however, it will most likely improve the chances of your resume standing out from among other applicants vying for the same position.  Zend certification program provides you the edge over the other candidates, as Zend PHP certification is itself a world known parameter for success. With Zend Certification, students can validate those skills and pursue a career path in business or technology. Zend certified professionals earn recognition and respect from colleagues and employers. If you are a freelancer you should also know, that on UpWork (formerly oDesk) ZCPEs have a special group and their profiles are emphasized to gain leverage when competing for a project. According to UpWork, ZCPEs earn up to twice as much as non-ZCPEs and are employed for almost three times as long as other PHP developers.

Another benefit, when you enrolled is that once you pass the certification exam, you also get free access to this exclusive group reserved only for Zend Certified Engineers. The group focuses on discussion related to PHP coding standards, scalability, optimization and other challenges that PHP devs face every day – very informative to say the least.

When you earned the ZCPE Certificate, they gave you a free, perpetual Zend Studio License ( worth around $200/Year. Zend certified professionals can display Zend certification logos on their business cards, resumes, and websites to leverage the power of the Zend brand.

Who can Attend

This course is designed for php programmers and professionals with minimum 1 php based project development experience who want to learn from basic to Advance PHP. This course provide programmers with a solid foundation in the PHP, this course guides you through from basic to advance PHP filled with numerous examples and hands-on exercises, including substantial practice in coding parts of a fully functional application. Class  exercises are designed to reinforce key language concepts.


List of Zend Certified PHP Engineering (ZCPE) Course Exam Topics

PHP Basics


Data Format & Types

  • Syntax
  • Operators
  • Variables
  • Control Structures
  • Language Constructs and Functions
  • Namespaces
  • Extensions
  • Config
  • Performance/bytecode caching
  • Arguments
  • Variables
  • References
  • Returns
  • Variable Scope
  • Anonymous Functions, closures
  • XML Basics
  • SimpleXML
  • XML Extension
  • Webservices Basics
  • SOAP
  • JSON
  • DateTime
  • DOMDocument

Web Features

Object Oriented Programming


  • Sessions
  • Forms
  • GET and POST data
  • Cookies
  • HTTP Headers
  • HTTP Authentication
  • HTTP Status Codes


  • Files
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • File System Functions
  • Streams
  • Contexts
  • Instantiation
  • Modifiers/Inheritance
  • Interfaces
  • Return Types
  • Autoload
  • Reflection
  • Type Hinting
  • Class Constants
  • Late Static Binding
  • Magic (_*) Methods
  • Instance Methods & Properties
  • SPL
  • Traits
  • Configuration
  • Session Security
  • Cross-Site Scripting
  • Cross-Site Request Forgeries
  • SQL Injection
  • Remote Code Injection
  • Email Injection
  • Filter Input
  • Escape Output
  • Encryption, Hashing algorithms
  • File uploads
  • PHP Configuration
  • Password hashing API

Strings & Patterns

Databases & SQL


  • Quoting
  • Matching
  • Extracting
  • Searching
  • Replacing
  • Formatting
  • PCRE
  • Encodings
  • SQL
  • Joins
  • Prepared Statements
  • Transactions
  • PDO
  • Associative Arrays
  • Array Iteration
  • Array Functions
  • SPL, Objects as arrays
  • Casting

Error Handling

  • Handling Exceptions
  • Errors
  • Throwables