Exam AD0-E720

Certification journey for Adobe Commerce Front-End Developer Expert

Learn how to become a certified Adobe Commerce Developer Expert.

Minimum experience

The Adobe Commerce Frontend Developer is considered an Expert-level role and has at least 1-3 years of hands-on experience with Adobe Commerce Frontend development. They should have the ability to translate the needs expressed by task requirements into a technical solution.

The candidate should be comfortable using the following technologies:

  • Adobe Commerce - version 2.4.6
  • Basic understanding of the front-end structure and layout
  • Experience and understanding of HTML, CSS (and preprocessors), LESS, JavaScript and UI Components, jQuery, Underscore, Require.JS, Knockout, also PHP templates, DB knowledge and content management
  • Familiarity with the platform, CMS Blocks, Widgets, CMS pages, Category pages, Product pages, Cart and Checkout, and Account Dashboard area
  • Basic understanding or knowledge of admin configurations
  • Knowledge of extending and overwriting styles, layouts, and JS files
  • Extending parent themes/Theme hierarchy
  • CLI command (cache cleaning, setup:upgrade, indexers, deployment mode) & Grunt
  • Caching technologies, client-side browser, understanding storages (Cookies, local storage)
  • Understanding responsive design and media queries
  • WYSIWYG/Page builder
  • Understanding code packages
  • Implement translation
  • Understanding how to work with email templates
  • Understanding of Adobe Commerce Cloud infrastructure
  • Basic understanding of Cloud CLI command tool

Intended audience:

  • Developers
  • Lead Developers
  • Front-end Developers

Exam details:

  • Level: Expert (1-3 years’ experience)
  • Passing Score: 33/50
  • Time: 100 mins
  • Delivery: Online proctored (requires camera access) or test center proctored
  • Available languages: English
  • Cost: $225 (global) / $150 (India)
  • Exam ID: AD0-E720

Readiness self-assessment

Complete the online readiness questionnaire to see if your current experience matches the recommended minimum candidate qualification.

Exam objectives and scope

Section 1: Theme management (Theme hierarchy, image configuration, translations) (16%)

  • Describe Adobe Commerce theme folder structure and how it relates to folder based themes
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a new theme (Inheritance/Fallbacks, design exceptions, theme properties)
  • Demonstrate ability to extend existing themes
  • Demonstrate ability to customize transactional emails
  • Demonstrate ability to apply translations
  • Given a set of use cases, identify when to place files in app/code or app/design

Section 2: Layout XML & templates (phtml templates) (22%)

  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize layout XML instructions
  • Demonstrate the ability to create new page layouts
  • Understand the difference between extending/merging and overriding XML
  • Demonstrate how to pass and utilize arguments to templates
  • Demonstrate ability to create and customize templates
  • Apply template security (escaping output)

Section 3: Styles (18%)

  • Identify the purpose of styles-m.less, styles-l.less, print.less
  • Describe the difference between specific partial files (_extends.less,_extend.less,_theme.less,_widgets.less,_module.less,)
  • Demonstrate the ability to override or extend Magento LESS
  • Explain the core concepts of LESS
  • Demonstrate the ability to style emails
  • Explain the hierarchy of styles ( lib, modules, themes)
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement and customize LESS library components
  • Identify the differences between client-side vs server-side compilation and how it works

Section 4: JavaScript (mage widgets, mage library, customer data module, Knockout templates) (22%)

  • Demonstrate the ability to initialize and call JavaScript components
  • Distinguish use cases for different JavaScript components
  • Demonstrate the usage of RequireJS
  • Demonstrate the ability to implement different types of mixins
  • Describe how to add a translation in JS
  • Describe interactions between UI components
  • Demonstrate the usage of Knockout JS
  • Demonstrate the usage of jQuery widgets
  • Demonstrate the usage of JS components using Layout XML

Section 5: Admin Configuration and Page Builder (12%)

  • Demonstrate the ability to customize Page Builder content
  • Describe front-end optimization
  • Customize transactional emails
  • Demonstrate the usage of admin development tools

Section 6: Tools (CLI and Grunt) (10%)

  • Demonstrate the usage of basic bin/Magento commands

  • Describe the usage of Composer commands (install, update, require, remove)

  • Differentiate the appropriate use case for deploy modes

  • Define Grunt setup and usage

  • Describe additional tools that cloud provides (Fastly, downloading database, content deployment, branching using UI)

You are not required to complete training before taking the exam, and training alone will not provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pass the exam. A combination of training and successful, on-the-job experience are critical to providing you with the repository needed to pass the exam.

Here are some suggested resources to help you prepare:

Section 1: Theme management (Theme hierarchy, image configuration, translations)

Section 2: Layout XML & templates (phtml templates)

Section 3: Styles

Section 4: JavaScript (mage widgets, mage library, customer data module, Knockout templates)

Section 5: Admin configuration and PageBuilder

Section 6: Tools (CLI and Grunt)


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