Python Certification


In this article, we will explore what a Python certification is, why it is important, and how you can go about getting certified in Python by Sanfoundry for free.

What is a Python certification?
A Python certification is a professional credential demonstrating an individual’s proficiency in Python Programming. The certified professional has in-depth knowledge of topics such as:

  • python syntax and semantics and use of Python flow control and functions.
  • knowledge of strings handling and file systems in Python.
  • creation and modification of Python Programs using core data structures like Lists, dictionaries and use Regular Expressions.
  • Object-Oriented Programming usage in Python.
  • Implementation of applications related to Network Programming, Web Services, and Databases in Python.
  • Lists, Dictionaries and Regular expressions in Python.
  • building web services and network and database programming in Python.

Which Python certification is best for Python developers?
Python is a popular programming language, and there are many different ways to become certified in it. One of the most popular options is the Python Certification Program by Sanfoundry, which offers free certification programs for developers. Other external certifications include Python Professional Certification offered by the Python Software Foundation (PSF). Certification offered by Sanfoundry helps programmers gain both basic and advanced skills in using Python.

What type of job can I get with a Python certification?
There are many jobs that can be done with a Python certification, and the most common include Python Developer, Python Data Scientist, Software developer, UI designer and Python Software Engineer. A certified python programmer can also work as a Data Analyst, Research Analyst, Data Journalist, DevOps Engineer, Python Research Analyst or as a Machine Learning Engineer.

What topics are covered in the Python certification course exam?
Here’s the complete syllabus of the exam.

Python Programming Certification Syllabus
Python Variable Names & Operators Python Data Types & Numeric Types Python Precedence and Associativity
Python Bitwise & Boolean Python Formatting & Decorators Python While and For Loops
Python Strings Python Lists Python List Comprehension
Python Tuples Python Sets Python Dictionary
Python Built-in Functions Python Functions Python Argument Passing
Python Variables and Recursion Python Mapping Functions Python Modules
Python Regular Expressions Python Files Python Classes and Objects
Python Operator Overloading Python OOPs Python Exception Handling

Sanfoundry Python Certification

Sanfoundry offers online certification in Python Programming for free. The certification exam is divided into two parts: Qualifier Test and Certification Test.

First step is to take the "Qualifier Test". If you have scored at least a B grade in the "Qualifier Test", then only you would be eligible to take part in the online "Certification Test". If you have scored an A* (Genius) or A (Excellent) grade in the certification test, then you will be awarded a “Certificate of Merit” in Python from Sanfoundry.

Python Certification Exam Overview:

Here are the details and format of the Certification Exam:

  • Format: Online & Multiple Choice
  • Prerequisite: Yes (Qualifier Test)
  • Total Questions: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Negative Marking: Yes
  • Fee: Free
Marking Scheme:
In the online certification test, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer. So, you have to be more careful in your test. If needed, you should skip to the next question and come back to that question later so that you can manage the time more effectively during the test.

Based on your score, you would be given one of the following Grades:

Grade A* – Genius (You scored 100%)
Grade A – Excellent (Your score is in the range of 80% to 99%)
Grade B – Good (Your score is in the range of 60% to 80%)
Grade C – Average (Your score is in the range of 40% to 60%)
Grade D – Poor (Your score is in the range of 0% to 40%)

Steps to get the Free Python Certificate

How to prepare for Python Certification Exam?
Before you start taking the certification test, it is important to study and practice our collection of 1000 Python MCQs and check your progress by taking this subject specific Practice & Mock Tests.

Once you are ready, follow the below mentioned steps:
  1. Sign up with Sanfoundry.
  2. Take this Python Programming Qualifier Test.
  3. Score at least B Grade in the Qualifier test in order to be qualified to take the certification exam.
  4. Once you have qualified, you can take this Python Programming Certification Test anytime (24×7).
  5. If you have scored either A* Grade (Genius) or A Grade (Excellent) in the test, then you are eligible for a "Certificate of Merit".
  6. Fill this feedback form and download your certificate of merit from here. Kindly note that we issue certificate-of-merit on a monthly basis only i.e., on 5th of the next month.
  7. Check your name in the list of top-rankers live here.
Note: If you face a technical problem during the test, you should take a screenshot of your Monitor and send it to [email protected] along with your contact number so we can call you back soon.

Python Certification FAQs

1. Is a certification required to work as a Developer in Python? Will it get me a job?
No, a certification is not essential to work as a Developer. However, it shows your proven expertise in the language and that is an added benefit in the job market.

2. Can I do Python certification if I am a beginner?
Yes, but you should prepare the subject thoroughly by studying all the chapters and topics.

3. Is the Python exam hard?
This subject is not difficult to learn, but it's not an easy subject either. If you've practiced Python Programming in-depth, then the test might be a little easier for you.

4. How long does it take to earn a Python certification?
The amount of time it takes to earn the certification varies depending on individual circumstances and level of experience. It typically takes several months of studying and practice to prepare for the certification exam.

5. Can I earn a college credit for my Python Programming course if I am certified?
It depends on your college. There are few colleges and institutions which prefer the students to be certified by external institutions for a credit course. So, kindly check with your college.

6. Can I get certified in Python online?
Yes, Sanfoundry offers free online certificate in Python Programming.

7. Which online Python Programming Certification Course is the best?
Each online certification course has a specific focus and it prepares you for different skillset. So, there is no single best course on Python Programming. The best you can do is to get a free certificate on this from Sanfoundry. If you are doing a self-study, you can learn the basics in the free Python Programming Certification Course.

8. Can I get Python programming language certification for free? How much it cost?
Yes, you can get the certification for free. A Certificate by Sanfoundry is 100% free for everyone.

9. How long is Python certification valid? Does it expire?
The certificate is valid for life. There is no need to renew your certificate or take any further steps to keep your certification active.

10. Who is eligible to take the Python certification exam?
Anyone who has been "working" or "studying" the subject can take the certification exam.

11. What is the format of the certification exam?
It is MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) based.

12. Is there any negative marking in the online certification exam?
In the Certification exam, you will be given 2 points for every correct answer. There will also be a negative marking of -1 for every wrong answer.

13. How many times can I take the certification exam?
You can attempt the certification exam 2 times a month.

14. Are there any resources or materials available to help me prepare for the Python Certification exam?
You should practice Sanfoundry Python MCQs. Additionally, you can refer to the collection of best Python Programming Books.

15. Are there any prerequisites for Python certification?
Yes, there is one prerequisite. You have to complete the qualifier test before taking the certification test.

16. How do I get certified in Python Programming?
Take the Sanfoundry test, get either an A* Grade (Genius) or an A Grade (Excellent) in the Python programming language certification exam, and earn a free certificate of merit from us.

17. How do I register for the certification exam? How to get started?
Simply signup with Sanfoundry and take the test as mentioned here.

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