How to prepare for Zend PHP5 Certification Exam

Before going to the title, I just share with you that I have passed the zend certification exam for php5. Now I become the Zend Certified Engineer. So again thanks Allah to achieve this. Also I just want to thanks those people who help me lot to pass this exam. First of all I thank to Mizan bhai (always give his helping hand for anything) and Shoeb (the 6th zce certified of Bagladesh).They do a great help for me. I also thank to Hasin bhai , Emran and Anis bhai encourage me.

And finally My clients give me a huge support for preparing the exam, They reschedule the project time frame as a result i can get more preparation . Thanks again.

Here is the my yellow page details.


Ok now come to the main point.

Take at a glace what I focus to prepare for  the ZCE:



  1. PHP Manual is the main study guide.
  2. Divide the full syllabus into two categories
  3. Play with the code.
  4. Understand the concept rather than hurry to finish the syllabus.
  5. Cover the full syllabus does not ignore any part.
  6. Give a  mock test and try to archived excellent in grade.
  7. Enjoy to study and visualize the benefit of the exam



Here is the details explanation of full .



1. PHP Manual is the Main Study guide:


You first study the topics from Php manual rather than others books. If you study the syllabus topics from the manual it will ensure you to pass the exam. All of the others books or study guide will be the secondary.


  • To know about any function you must read from the manual.
  • You must read the carefully the section note in manual.
  • Also you will look at see also section in manual and try to find with similarity or the difference between the functions.



Well Note that i told that force into the manual, but I do not say not to read other books. Obviously you read the study guide and others essential book. It will clear you the concept. But in the exam you find that questions are tricky. To solve the tricky, manual will help you. I listed some reference books which help me to prepare the exam.


  • PHP ZCE Practice test book.
  • Apress Beginning PHP5 and Mysql from Novice to professional
  • PHP5 Power Programming Book
  • And obviously very important Google Search




2. Divide the full syllabus into two categories

Here is exam syllabus . You will Divide the each chapter into two categories like Basic and Advance. Give you an example will clear you. Like one of topics is


XML and Web Services

In the basic category you will try to know:

  • Why to use XML and what is their format.
  • How php handle XML and when cause error to handle XML.
  • Which parses when to use (like SimpleXML,DOM, SAX)
  • Why to use web services.
  • How Rest or Soap Works.

IN The Advance Category:

  • How to create SimpleXML Object or Dom or Transfer from Dom to Simple XMl vice versa. (Basically you have to know the function name )
  • How to create child, parent, attribute into the node in different parsers.
  • How to search element or attribute from xml file.
  • How to create access point into the soap or Rest .

Basic category actually theory and in the advance category will more focus on implementation. Basically this will save your time to prepare exam. Be careful do not ignore the basic section, in my exam I have to face trouble with simple basic questions.

3. Play with the code

This is very important part in your code. In My exam I found lots of question for the output. If you just read but not tested the code you will definitely get trouble in the exam. Just open a notepad and play with the code and find out the result. Do not ignore this part. Because in exam may be you find some code where ask to write the output.


4. Understand the concept rather than hurry to finish the syllabus.

Do not try to finish the syllabus hurry. Try to understand the concept rather memorize.


5. Cover the full syllabus, do not ignore any part.


Well may be you find some chapters are very hard to you and try to ignore that. Not do that. At least try to know the basic things. May be you think you are very strong in one chapter but the exam you find that portion question is very difficult. So this is very risky to ignore , At least try to know the basic.


6. Give the mock test  and achieved “Excellent” grade

Do not try to think after finishing full syllabus I will start the mock test. Do study and give the mock test. When you start the mock test, copy the question and answers options in the word and later you try to find out the solutions. Also you can get the help from the PHP ZCE Practice test book. When you think you are doing better in test , you are ready to seat for exam .

One thing be careful in the exam : please read question twice and carefully . And hurry to give the answer without completely read the question


Here some useful link about zce:


7. Enjoy to study and visualize the benefit of the exam


🙂 May be you think this is not related to zce preparation. But I think this the most important things. Because honestly speaking I was such a feel bored when I read the string, array ,stream and network chapter. Lots of the function with very confusion name. like : strstr , strtr or array_slice , array_splice.


Only way to get rid of just visualize the benefit after zce exam passed .

You will now connected international programmer. Who want to miss that chance? Your salary may be increase or may be management now evaluate your effort or you can get a your dream job what are you looking for so many days.





Hope so you will be gets benefited to prepare the exam and i will be glad if i help you any kind of issue regarding ZCE.


  1. congrates. 🙂 i have to sit for my one. its been 4 months i have bought the exam voucher.

  2. Congrats bijon bhai for this achievement !!!

    And the post itself is very good with a number of great links to zce resources.

    @mizan bhai: heh heh, same here 🙂

  3. Good article!

    • Nasim
    • December 5th, 2008

    Congratulates, and good article for other who want to become ZCE

  4. congrats 🙂

  5. Woowoo! Great news Saidur!

  6. Hello,
    Adam here from thank you for linking to my blog post. I have 5 days until I take the ZCE test myself

    Id have to agree with your revision techniques:
    1. PHP Manual is the main study guide.
    The Zend Study Guide is an aid and does not cover every topic, its only good for basic understanding.
    2. Divide the full syllabus into two categories
    Personally I split the syllabus into 12 main category and sub category for each other aspect.
    3. Play with the code.
    I couldn’t agree more.
    4. Understand the concept rather than hurry to finish the syllabus.
    Deep understanding of each function, its attributes and related functions are a key to good code and zce.
    5. Cover the full syllabus does not ignore any part.

    Saidur Good Luck with your Future Ventures.

      • mohamed azarudeen
      • February 11th, 2011

      asalamu allaikum,
      Hi adam can plz send the 12 main category and sub category for each other aspect to my mailid

  7. I think this post is a nice guideline to become ZCE
    Thanks Saidur….

  8. @adam : thanks to comment. Your blog is really essential and best of luck for exam. Well may be you do not agree about 3rd point that is play with code. But i think after giving exam may be you agree with that 🙂 . Well actually i want to tell about this point to not only read but also write the code which will clear your concept more . However best of luck for your exam and share with your 12 categories of chapter.

  9. CONGRATS!!!

  10. Great news Bijon Vai,
    please send an email regarding this success to the Alumni group. Everyone will be happy and encouraged.

  11. Congratulations bijon vai.
    I am going to appear for ZCE soon.
    thanks for your nice guideline.

    • saeed ahmed
    • December 6th, 2008

    Congrats 🙂
    and thanks for share this kind of article. it helps beginner like me.


  12. Congratulations Bejon bhai. I am very much glad to know that you become ZCE.

    Its been also a pleasure for me, that i work with you. Your skill was too good in every part and i still think my those days when i get the first lesson of jQurey and API integration from you.

    I wish you will try for the MySQL certification 🙂

    Have a good time Bijon bhai……

  13. Congratulations! 🙂 on your success!
    This will help me for my prep. too. Thanx for details.

  14. Congratulations Dear Saidur. Also thanks for your nice post. I am thinking to sit for ZCE exam and this post will help me lot.

    Thanks again.

    • ranacse05
    • December 6th, 2008

    Congrats . 😀

  15. Congratulations bro!

  16. its simply gr8….keep it up…

  17. Congratulations! 🙂

  18. Congratulations!

  19. Congrats.

    so you are 7th ZCE from Bangladesh? 🙂

    • Anees
    • December 6th, 2008

    Congrats Sayd…

  20. Congratulations! that’s really a great news!

    • Razib
    • December 6th, 2008

    Congrats MohaRaj… keep up ur good works and work for our beloved country…Take care my friend.

    • Muhammad Shoeb
    • December 6th, 2008

    Congratulations! Thanks your article. It’s really helpful, who wants to become a ZCE.

  21. Congratulations!

  22. congratulation…nice to here ur acheivement….

    carry on…………………….

  23. sorry i am late, but better late than never

    congratulations! and great to see you in the team zce 🙂

    i am sure it was a long awaiting goal for you, and my well wishes are always with you.

  24. Wonderful achievement & great success!!! It’s really encouraged me and others. And finally this post – wow… a nice post for ZCE thrusters.

    • Saiful
    • December 7th, 2008

    Congrats Sayd…

    • Asad
    • December 7th, 2008

    That was a very good news. Congratulations.. Very glad to hear that you have achieved such an honor. Keep it up. i recommended you to send a mail to mentioning your success.

  25. @saidur I said I highly agree with “playing with code” without working knowledge of PHP it would be very hard to complete the test. Especially with the syntax error questions.

    3 Days :-/


  26. Great work bijon….keep it up…you must go further and make us proud for being ur frnd…

  27. Congrats bijon bhai and also thanks for the article which will help others to prepare for zce………..

  28. Great work bijon vai. Keep up the good work.


  29. Thnaks everybody. Your comments really inspire me. This encourage me to do more better jobs

  30. Hi,

    Thanks for your valuable information. It is 100% pure and the right way for success. Congrats 🙂 dear.

    For other people – can visit to my website for zend mock test


  31. Thanks a lot for sharing. Your achievements do not only raise your ambitions but also push others as well! Please keep setting examples for us…..

    Belated Eid ul Azha Mubarak,

    • Aktar
    • December 16th, 2008

    Congratulations !!! You are # 7 . 🙂

    • shoman bhuiyan
    • December 16th, 2008

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your achievement.
    You have provided a good guideline to do good in exam as well.

    ZCE is a great way to prove someone’s skills and experiences over web programming.

    With best regards,
    Shoman Bhuiyan

    • Rizvee
    • December 16th, 2008

    congrats 🙂

    • ahmed chanchal
    • January 15th, 2009


    • munno
    • January 17th, 2009

    thanks for guidence because i am preparing for zend certifications can i have your email address in order to take some more guidence i will be very thank full to you

    congrats from myside tooo

  32. Very good blog entry, although you’ve wrote prepare wrong in the title 😛 I’ve read your blog while I was preparing for my exam and it proved quite useful. I’ve passed my exam several days ago, and now – after taking the live test – I feel the need to add some extra advice for other people preparing for the ZCE exam.

    To me, the actual exam is much harder than the mock ups, so don’t settle for anything less than Excellent on your text exams.


    • arifulnr
    • January 23rd, 2009

    Many many thanks for all the tips

    • Nurul
    • January 29th, 2009

    Thanks 🙂

  33. In my opinion, the “ZCE Study Reference guide” is such a crappy book. It was useless for me. All I needed to prepare for the ZCE exam was to read a couple of times an even older book – “OReilly Upgrading to PHP 5” and of course to play with the code examples. It have all you need to know about PHP 5.

    • ramyachelladurai
    • February 17th, 2009

    Hai Saidur

    Congrats for your certification!!! Your blog is very useful for me as I just started preparing for ZEC. I am very scared about the exam but your blog gave me such a confidence. Thanks a lot 🙂 🙂 🙂


  34. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    I had tried for this exam but failed.
    Now I am preparing again & need some help from you.
    It will better if you give me some material/e-books regarding mock-exams. I will really thankful to you.
    Once again Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • mohamed azarudeen
      • February 11th, 2011

      can u plz send me the materials and mock test links for zend certification

      mailid :

    • gaurav
    • March 7th, 2009

    Congrats for Passing exam.
    I am thinking to go for PHP certification. I read your blog twice. Also i went through PHP Manual. What I really dont get is, did you read full php manual? I mean I checked syllabus with PHP manual. PHP manual contains much more detailed information. If I go through full PHP manual, it will really take long long time. Especially “Function Reference” Section. Other Sections seems OK to go through. Also I have PHP 5 Power Programming Book. I am little confused for reading material. Can you guide me which section in Syllabus link to which section in Manual?
    My Email:


    • Kalimulla
    • March 9th, 2009

    Hello Asalamualikum Saidur Rahman. u hav passed the Zend certification Exam.Can you please provide me the Zend Certification Dump material .
    Thank you saidur.

    Regards \


    • Kalimulla
    • March 9th, 2009

    please send me the Zend certification Dump Mannual.

    My mailmid:

  35. @Kalimulla: Why don’t you study yourself the ins and outs of PHP and take “real” preparation for the exams? What’s good in a dump? How do you plan to improve the PHP arena by passing exams through dumps?

    • Salim
    • May 11th, 2009

    Congratulation! and thanks for your great advice.

    • Salim
    • May 11th, 2009

    Thanks for your great advice and congratulation!

    • sumon
    • May 13th, 2009

    Congrats and Thanks for sharing your important Knowledge. Please Always try to keep touch everyone like us who are trying to do better in future.

  36. thanks

  37. Good one I like the 7th point most. I need to envision the results of me tiling ‘Zend Certified Engineer’.

    Thanks Bijon

  38. Hello,
    Excellent Post.
    I am a hobbiest programmer and now wants to be a professional.
    for that i am going for ZCE.
    i have found, Zend Study guide is not up to date but does not ignore it.
    i am agree with all those points mentioned above and i am going to follow that points.
    Wish me luck.

    $myLove = ‘PHP’;
    echo $myLove;


  39. Congrats!!! BIJON bhai.

  40. Congrats! and thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge about ZCE.

    • Mohamed Azarudeen
    • September 1st, 2009

    Hello Asalamuallaikum Saidur Rahman. u hav passed the Zend certification Exam Congrats.
    If i start preparing from this month approximately how many days it will take to prepare well and also plz mention the exam fee.
    I need your guidance very much in need
    Now only i have planned to do the ZCE.If possible can send me the ZCE Syllabus,Study Materials,Reference books,Zend Certification Dump material,ebboks or as document file.
    for knowledge sharing i have mentioned my email addr below
    waiting for your valuable mails for my guidance
    Thank you saidur.

    Regards \

    Mohamed Azarudeen

    • Sowmya M N
    • September 29th, 2009

    Hi Saidur,

    Nice post, Congrats.
    i am thinking of taking the ZCE exam. Please guide me for the preparation to be done.
    Where can i find the mock papers of Zend?

    • gadis
    • October 29th, 2009

    Download All voucher generator

    Free And Free

    • Alex
    • December 6th, 2009

    Voucher_generator doesn’t work.. I tested it on virtual machine, to not catch a virus 🙂 I’m not sure that such program can exist at all:)

    • Soni
    • December 23rd, 2009

    Thanx for share your idea with us…its really gonna b helpful while preparing for the xam

    • Amany Mohamad
    • January 1st, 2010

    Hi Saidur

    first congratulations for the certificate, though I see that i’m a 1 year late now 🙂

    2nd Happy new Year.
    Now I am preparing to take the exam, and following your advise by studying from the PHP Manual,but I got a question for you please:
    for the exam it contains a topic about difference between PHP 4 and 5, and the tutorial discuss this matter in two places : 1st is a part for classes and objects for both versions and the 2nd is in the appendix….. now my question is : Must I study the classes and objects for PHP 4 as a part for realizing differences, or the appendix will be sufficient?
    Thank you in advance
    Yours Amany

    • Rajarmana
    • February 4th, 2010

    Hi Saidur ,

    Congrats and thanks for your great advice …

    • rakhi
    • February 6th, 2010

    Really a nice article for ZCE… and Congrats…
    Actually i also want to give the ZCE and preparing for the same..
    So can i know where material is available, then that will be very helpful for me
    Thanks You

    • Shinagawa
    • March 2nd, 2010

    i am preparing for ZCE , any idea how long it might take to pass
    the exam for the armature person, who is very new in this field.

    • Pardeep Kumar
    • March 3rd, 2010

    I am preparing for zend so will u help me?

    • gautham
    • April 12th, 2010

    congrats bhai , one doubt what’s the rate of voucher .

    • Parag
    • June 29th, 2010

    Hi Bijon, Don’t know whether you are still checking this blog post. May be you must have done more certifications.

    First of all congrats for you zend certification.
    And you did really good job by sharing your experience. Thanks a lot for guidance.

    I was hunting for such help, as of i was not able to understand where to start from.
    I am reading & trying the code from php manual, php5 power programming by Gutman, and the zend certification guide from past,as of don’t get proper enough time to study :(. Wondering when will I be fully prepared for the test. How much time should i spent on preparing for the certification? and will it be worth doing php certification now?

  41. Hi Saidur,

    Nice post, Congrats.
    i am thinking of taking the ZCE exam. Please guide me for the preparation to be done.
    Where can i find the mock papers of Zend?
    Please send me some soft copy of PHP material.
    My mail id is

  42. ramkrishnatiwary :
    Hi Saidur,
    Nice post, Congrats.
    i am thinking of taking the ZCE exam. Please guide me for the preparation to be done.
    Where can i find the mock papers of Zend?
    Please send me some soft copy of PHP material.
    My mail id

    • bilma
    • February 8th, 2011


    i planned to do zend certification exam.anyone please guide me for the preparation of zce.

    If possible can send me the ZCE Syllabus,Study Materials,Reference books,Zend Certification Dump material,ebboks or as document file.
    my email address is below

    im very thankful to you.

    • John
    • February 15th, 2011

    Spelling Mistake!!

    How to preapre for Zend PHP5 Certification Exam

  43. @john , thanks and fixed the spelling.

  44. Hi


    how long u took to prepare for the examination ?


  45. i hav made an ebook containing dumps and related stuff….visit

    or download it directly from here

  46. man i also want to take this exam … how much time it will takes to cover all the portion of the exam …

  47. can You please provide me some questions paper related to this exam
    my email id

  48. harsh check my blog

  49. @snehil 🙂 okkkk

  50. thanks @snell to share the link . And i hope so it will not violate any law against ZCE certification . If i notified from any where that it violates then i will delete that link .

  51. I think this is one of the most important information for me.
    And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is ideal, the articles is really great :
    D. Good job, cheers

  52. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your valuable suggestion.


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