Passed Associate Certification, Should I do Advanced/Professional?

Hey all,

As title states, I passed Associate Certification (with score of 77 which isn’t the highest.
I read through the pdf file for Advanced/Professional, and it is recommended that I have working experience of 12 months, which I have 0 of.
And I’m thinking of starting to learn Advanced Cert materials especially on REFramework as some interviewers have asked me if I’m familiar with this (I’m assuming to be pretty critical to be able to contribute to the project).

My consideration and questions:

  1. If I have 0 working experience but I have a Associate cert,
  2. Interviewers seems to want someone with REFramework familiarity and skills
  3. What is the bare mininum of REFramework knowledge (in point forms) do I need to somewhat understand conceptual wise and execution wise?
    3.1 Rationale of the question above is because of time-constraint and in the academy there’s around 20-25 hours just for REFramework module which I’m not sure if I should be studying all of them or just focus on some first?

tl;dr: No working experience, have associate cert, need to learn reframework but the bare minimum and hence which points within it should I focus on?

hi @Dillon_Marius ,

You should certainly learn the RE framework as it is a critical design framework that all the developers should be aware of. The best way to learn is to implement the sample project and run the code in debug mode. If you are overwhelmed with the studio course try to search the you tube content of the fellow MVP’s and you should be able to understand it. (e.g. Learning RE Framework Chapter by Chapter) You should understand the RE framework fully, there cannot be shortcut or minimum points to understand it.

Hi Vkalra,

Thanks for the reply.
The videos are 3 years old by Rakesh, how does it hold up to today’s updates?

Hi @Dillon_Marius

Take a look here

(11) UiPath REFramework - The Basics for Beginners (Full Use Case) - YouTube

Also, taking the Academy Course it’s always a good choice. It has exercicies to consolidate the knowledge learnt during the course and you can combine both Academy Course + youtube material.

After you learn more about ReFramework and get some experience and you want to take the Automation Developer Professional Certification exam, I strongly recommend you watch the @RAKESH_KUMAR_BEHERA youtube channel

youtube.com/c/AutomatewithRakesh/videos

Cheers

I wholeheartedly disagree and think it’s wrong that REF is pushed so hard by UiPath - especially when it hasn’t been modernized in years.

We don’t use REF at all. We built our own template that incorporates our standards and needs. REF is very complicated and IMO overkill for most automations.

I have 5 years of working experience in an organization with over 100 automations in production (not counting ones that have been decommissioned). Took the associate exam and passed easily. Took the advanced and failed.

IMO if someone has 5 years experience deploying successful automation after automation, and they fail the exam, it’s the exam that’s the problem.

We don’t use REF. The exam was heavy on REF. This doomed me, which I think is unfair since there is no reason anyone MUST use REF, and in fact I consider it bloated, disorganized and overcomplicated.

conceptually it should still be the same. There are numerous resources to help you understand and implement.
Another one is here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOlteexUcQ

It really depends on the automation needs. We do not implement RE for simple automations but for the larger complex one’s we do. It has the inherent error handling , retry mechanisms, error screenshots and other features that really help the developer during the implementation. Any RPA developer that does not know about RE framework will have a hard time finding the appropriate job in the market.

I built our own framework template that does all that. It’s much easier to use than REF. If an employer doesn’t want someone who can do that then ok.