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Hello, friends of the community,
Sometimes, dreams come true. My name is Gal Fatal, and for the past five years, I enjoyed being an Atlassian community leader in Tel-Aviv, Israel. I would love to share my journey of becoming an Atlassian certified expert with you and offer tips and inspiration to anyone interested in this path. So let's get started! :)
I began managing Jira and Confluence admins at HP 8 years ago and have since led teams working with Atlassian tools after migrating from various other tools.
My passion for Atlassian tools transformed my career. I transitioned from a traditional DevOps Engineer and Manager to leading an Atlassian Administrators team specializing in ALM solutions.
I joined the Atlassian community five years ago. Since then, I have created 29 events, some of which had over 100 attendees. I have attended Atlassian summits in Barcelona and Atlassian Teams events in Las Vegas. Additionally, I had the honor of speaking at the Atlassian 2019 Summit.
Currently, I work as a freelance consultant, assisting various companies with Atlassian tools.
I took my first Jira certification exam six years ago when only the Server version was available. Later, when I heard about the Atlassian expert plan, it was a big challenge. As Atlassian is pushing everyone toward the cloud and announcing the end of life for the server version, I decided to shift to the cloud, learn about it, and go for the expert plan.
My thought went to:
Atlassian offers two paths to becoming an expert. Both require passing four certification exams.
Path A - requires one Jira administrator certification, Cloud or Data Center.
Path B - focuses on Jira administrator and requires both Jira cloud and Jira Data Center certifications.
The technical information provided at Atlassian Certified Expert is explained very clearly and thoroughly.
I chose path A because it allows me to take all exams on the Atlassian cloud platform, which was my focus.
I needed to choose one from the following:
That was easy, as I wanted to focus on the Atlassian cloud and I chose
ACP-JCA Atlassian Certified Jira Administrator for Cloud
Next, I had to choose one for the following:
The same choice here: I chose
ACP-MJCP Atlassian Certified in Managing Jira Projects for Cloud
Next, I had to choose two of the following:
I wanted to have vast knowledge of Atlassian cloud tools, so I Chose
ACP-MJSP Atlassian Certified Jira Service Project Manager for Cloud
APB-CSA Confluence Space Administration Pro Skills Badge
Now, when the list of the exams were clear, I needed to choose the right order.
I recommend to start with ACP-MJSP Atlassian Certified Jira Service Project Manager for Cloud , This exam focuses on Jira project management and is relatively easy. It provides a step-by-step course that will enable you to pass even if you have little experience with Jira cloud. This exam covers some of the knowledge required for the next exam, so I recommend taking it as your first exam.
The next recommended exam is the ACP-JCA Atlassian Certified Jira Administrator for Cloud
This exam requires more time to invest in learning, it contains more content than the previous exam.
After I passed it, I published the following article: How I passed ACP-120 Jira Admin for cloud certification exam which gives essential tips for getting ready for this challenging exam. I highly recommend reviewing this article as it contains valuable tips that can benefit you in all types of exams.
For my next exam, I decided to do the APB-CSA Confluence Space Administration Pro Skills Badge. Although I was already certified in the server-based version of Confluence, I realized that the cloud-based version was significantly different and required me to learn new skills in order to bridge the gap.
For the next and last exam, I picked the ACP-MJSP Atlassian Certified Jira Service Project Manager for Cloud. I was motivated to learn JSM after seeing some demos. I understood this tool would be vast, and I must have the knowledge as an expert.I recommend keeping this exam the last one as it contains some of the Jira admin content.
A few days after I passed the last exam, I got the Atlassian Certified Expert badge, and honestly, it was an exciting moment.
Sometimes, dreams come true. (but you need to work for that!)
Today, I am a freelance, giving consulting in Jira/Confluence/JSM. The journey to the Atlassian Certified Expert boosted my career and gave me the knowledge to succeed.
Feel free to contact me if you need motivation or more tips.