IBM Certified Solution Developer - WebSphere Portal 7.0

Vendor: IBM

Certification Overview

This certification is specially made of the experience users of J2EE. To be precise, J2EE is used for the purpose of designing web applications while maintaining a main focus on Java. These solution developers will be taught various ways to smoothly design different applications and implement them using WebSphere Portal 7.0. There are a lot of people which come under the scope of this certification as this is an intermediate level certification. People working with other products can also shift towards this one if they can successfully complete this course.

Who can do this certification?

Experienced developers and architects who have been working with WebSphere Portal 7.0 are highly egilible to do this certification.These people are expected to be highly familiar with Java and its various features. This certification generally targets experienced professionals who will be able to make the best out of this amazing opportunity. J2EE is a platform which is being used worldwide in the field of solution development and this certification will provide the world with more professionals who will work with this platform.


The benefits of this certification are undoubtedly immense. With a clear focus on the development and installation of web applications, this certification tends to provide the developers with a life time skill set. IBM certified professionals have been receiving great jobs and high salaries and have been able to secure high reputation in the market. These certified professionals greatly outperform others who have not done this certification.

Associated exam

The title of this exam is Test C2040-915 - IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0 Solution Development. The foremost aim of this exam is to check the breadth of knowledge of the developers and assess their ability to deal with various scenarios and problems. The exam demands the candidate to solve the questions with different approaches and choose the best method which suits the scenario. There is product documentation available online which must be used to get a better understanding regarding the product's features.


Like all other certifications, this certification also has certain credentials which have to be met for the completion of its completion. The candidate is supposed to have a deep understanding of application development using J2EE, Java Server Pages (JSPs), Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. Furthermore, an experience with Rational Application Developer 7.5 is also a fundamental requirement as it consists of many features which are common with WebSphere Portal 7.0.

Examination Overview

Test C2040-915 - IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0 Solution Development

This exam is the main tool to assess the abilities of the candidate. It will approach the candidate with different questions to test his understanding from all aspects. Each topic will have almost 10 questions each so as to give the candidate the liberty to perform well in his areas of strength. The following topics form the basics of this exam and will be tested in it thoroughly.

  1. Installation and Configuration
  2. Portal Frameworks
  3. Development of Portlet
  4. Testing of Portlets
  5. Architecting a Portal Solution

The exam would be quite lengthy with 60 multiple choice questions and would have to be completed in just 75 minutes. Out of the total questions, a candidate is only expected to solve 42 questions correctly according to his topic strengths. This leniency has been given to make sure that every candidate can work on areas which he is good at. The exam will be conducted in English and will be a web-based exam. Further information regarding its pattern as well as the methods of its preparation is available online.

Validity of Certification

Currently the certification is valid. However, it will become void by the end of August, 2014. It will be replaced by the latest certification IBM Certified Solution Developer - WebSphere Portal 8.0. All the developers will have to do this latest and customized certification after this one has expired. However, those who are equipped already with this certification will be required to apply for recertification to IBM.

Expert Review

I feel that the users of J2EE should not let this opportunity slip from their hands. This certification will endow them with some highly technical and useful skills which will enable them to work for efficiently with WebSphere Portal 7.0. The development of web applications and portlets is a major field in today's time. This certification is a great effort by IBM to bring out the best solution developers in this regard and train them in an amazing way so they start working productively.

Harry Lloyd, NVR Inc

Chelmsford, England

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