VHDL Certification

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

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

  • coding of the module using different modeling styles.
  • writing test benches in VHDL.
  • coding of an FSM (finite state machine).
  • development of a synthesizable piece of code in VHDL.
  • understanding of the design of combinational functional blocks (e.g. decoders, multiplexers, adders, multipliers, etc.).
  • design and development of sequential functional blocks (e.g. registers, counters, etc.).
  • design of memory elements.
  • building simple and pipelined datapaths (ALU, register file, and their interconnection paths).

Which certification is best to work in the field of VHDL?
VHDL is an example of a hardware description language that uses textual representations for both data and control components. Sanfoundry offers free VHDL Certification which focuse on topics like Data Types, Operators and Attributes, Behavioural Modelling, VHDL Reference, Sequential Processing, Signal and Variable, Standard Logic Packages, Packages and Components, Functions and Procedures, Predefined Attributes, Configurations & VHDL Reserved Words.

What type of job can I get with a VHDL certification?
VHDL is a language used specifically for designing digital designs for electronic systems like microcontrollers or other electronic components. You can work as engineers who work on embedded systems or hardware design projects, electrical engineers, digital design engineer, hardware engineer, electronics engineer and ASIC design verification engineer.

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

VHDL Certification Syllabus
Introduction to VHDL Data Types, Operators and Attributes Behavioural Modelling
VHDL Reference Sequential Processing Signal and Variable
Standard Logic Packages Packages and Components Functions and Procedures
Predefined Attributes Configurations & Advanced Topics VHDL Reserved Words
VHDL Synthesis Flattening and Factoring of Functions Numeric Representation
Arithmetic Circuits Combinational Circuits Building Blocks State Machines, Flip flops
Registers, Counters Simple Microprocessor Additional System Design
RTL Simulation Speed Debugging Techniques Xilinx ISE & Altera Quartus II tools

Sanfoundry VHDL Certification

Sanfoundry offers online certification in VHDL 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 VHDL from Sanfoundry.

VHDL 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 VHDL Certificate

How to prepare for VHDL Certification Exam?
Before you start taking the certification test, it is important to study and practice our collection of 1000 VHDL 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 VHDL 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 VHDL 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.

VHDL Certification FAQs

1. Is a certification required to work in VHDL? Will it get me a job?
A certification is not mandatory, but it demonstrates your expertise in this field. So the benefit of a certification is that it can help make the process easier by showing employers that you have the skills necessary for the given job.

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

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

4. How long does it take to earn a VHDL 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 VHDL 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 VHDL online?
Yes, Sanfoundry offers free online certificate in VHDL.

7. Which online VHDL 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 VHDL. 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 VHDL Certification Course.

8. Can I get VHDL 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 VHDL 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 VHDL 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 VHDL Certification exam?
You should practice Sanfoundry VHDL MCQs. Additionally, you can refer to the collection of best VHDL Books.

15. Are there any prerequisites for VHDL 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 VHDL?
Take the Sanfoundry test, get either an A* Grade (Genius) or an A Grade (Excellent) in the VHDL 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.

If you find any mistake above, kindly email to [email protected]

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