18 October, 2023

XM Cloud Certification Exam Preparation

I am excited to announce that I have recently cleared the Sitecore XM Cloud Certification exam! This certification demonstrates my skills and knowledge in using Sitecore's cloud-native SaaS CMS to create and deliver engaging omnichannel experiences.

Few community members reached out to me to share the exam experience. So I have provided all the details in this blog post. 

The Sitecore XM Cloud Certification exam is somewhat challenging one, but it is well worth the effort. The exam covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Competency 1: XM Cloud Architecture and Developer Workflow - 12% 
  • Competency 2: Deployment of XM Cloud Projects - 16%
  • Competency 3: Renderings and Layout - 14%
  • Competency 4: Sitecore Content Serialization - 14%
  • Competency 5: Sitecore APIs & Webhooks - 10%
  • Competency 6: XM Cloud Pages - 10%
  • Competency 7: Security for Developers - 10%
  • Competency 8: Data Modeling - 14%

Exam Details

  • Multiple-choice Questions
  • 100 minutes to complete the test
  • Closed book exam
  • 50 questions (more compared to other Sitecore certs :) )
  • Schedule it in Kryterion WebAssessor
  • Cost: $350
All the exam details are clearly explained in the Study Guide: Sitecore XM Cloud Developer Certification Exam in learning portal and there are 10 sample questions in the Study guide course. 

How to prepare for the Sitecore XM Cloud Certification exam

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the exam:


The study guide course in learning portal has certain links on each competencies. It is highly recommended to read those articles. I have listed below some of the topics that I remember.
  • Headless SXA knowledge is important for the exam. Site Collection, Site, Modules, Page Variants, Creating component, Placeholder, Placeholder restrictions, Dynamic Placeholder.
  • Registering XM Cloud Components
  • Webhook
  • Features of XM Cloud Pages 
  • Experience Edge Publish Process
  • Using CLI for XM Environment Setup
  • Sitecore Content Serialization - Similar to XP certification. 
  • Understand the sample GraphQL queries
  • XM Cloud Environment and Source Control link
  • XM Cloud User roles and access

Exam Discount

  • MVPs get one free Sitecore exam voucher to use. 
  • (from Sitecore learning portal) Don't forget that Partners have Sitecore Special 20% promotion for all Sitecore certification exams. Promo code is CYBERCERT20

Good Luck and Happy Learning !!!

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