concrete5 Launches Certification Program

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Granular Tests Help Show What You Know

concrete5 announced today the introduction of an online certification program for concrete5 version 5.6.1. Site developers, designers and editors can now become certified for specific concrete5 skills.

The certification program is made up of 21 different skills tests arranged into tracks for website developers, designers and editors. Examples of test topics include: Upgrading and Moving Sites, Managing Users & Groups, Advanced Permissions, Basic Application Development, and Theme Development.

concrete5 community members who pass certification tests receive badges in their profiles specific to each test passed and can be found through the member search by using the certification filters. “If you are an employer who needs to find an expert, you can search for members with specific certifications to match the type of work you need done. There's no abstract distinctions for you to try to guess about,” says Portland Labs CEO Franz Maruna.

For concrete5 experts, certification is an easy way to prove what you know. “Since tests are on very specific topics, they don’t take long to complete. Most tests allow only 25 minutes to finish the test,” says Maruna. “We didn’t want it to be cost prohibitive for freelancers and small shops to get certified, so we set the price at $5 per test credit (available in 3 packs only) or $95 for 21 credits.”

Many certification tests match up with the Training Courses offered by concrete5. Developers, designers and site editors who want to learn the skills necessary to pass the certifications can sign up for scheduled training courses or even schedule their own class time.

“Our certification and training options make concrete5 more appealing to large organizations as well as small businesses,” says Maruna. “Along with making it easier for companies and organizations to find quality concrete5 experts, and we’ve made it easier for those experts to prove their skills in a comparable and measurable way.”

About concrete5
concrete5 combines the ease-of-use of a blogging platform with the flexibility and power of a web development platform. To date, hundreds of thousands of advertising and creative agencies and web developers around the world have downloaded concrete5 for free and used the technology to quickly and inexpensively build enterprise-quality web sites that can be updated by end users. For more information, please visit

About Portland Labs
Portland Labs is a group of creative professionals who challenge preconceived notions of how things must be done. A mix of client driven and internal projects fill their days with interesting questions. Often they use technology to drive a unique solution, but really they’re just looking to do cool stuff in new ways.

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