PCEP – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer Certification


PCEP – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer certification is a professional credential that measures your ability to accomplish coding tasks related to the essentials of programming in the Python language. A test candidate should demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the universal concepts of computer programming, the syntax and semantics of the Python language as well as the skills in resolving typical implementation challenges with the help of the Python Standard Library.

PCEP – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer certification shows that the individual is familiar with universal computer programming concepts like data types, containers, functions, conditions, loops, as well as Python programming language syntax, semantics, and the runtime environment.

Becoming PCEP certified ensures that the individual is acquainted with the most essential means provided by Python 3 to enable her/him to start their own studies at an intermediate level and to continue their professional development.

Python Institute Certification Roadmap: PCEP

PCEP – Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer certification is an interim step to the PCAP – Certified Associate in Python Programming certification and the starting point to launch a career in software development, Python programming, and related technologies. Becoming PCEP certified will help you stand out from other candidates and get your foot in the door.

Pablo Quesada

Global Operations Manager, San José, Costa Rica, PCEP, PCAP

"I started the Python Certification Program featured by Python Institute to prepare myself for the Python Entry Level Certification. I strongly recommend this certification program and encourage anybody who wants to start a career in this matter – you won't be disappointed. With this program completed, I could obtain my PCEP certification and prepared for the PCAP as well, and also implemented some projects in my current job already."

PCEP: Exam Information

  • Exam name: PCEP Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer
  • Exam Code/Exam Version: PCEP-30-01 | Status: Published
  • Exam Level: Entry
  • Associated Certifications: PCAP – Certified Associate in Python programming (PCAP-31-02, PCAP-31-01)
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Duration: 45 minutes (exam) + approx. 5 minutes (Non-Disclosure Agreement/Tutorial)
  • Number of Questions: 30
  • Format: Single-choice and multiple-choice questions, drag & drop, gap fill | Python 3.x
  • Passing Score: 70%
  • Language: English
  • Courses Aligned: PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python (Cisco Networking Academy, instructor-led: Modules 1-3), PCAP: Programming Fundamentals in Python (Part 1) – OpenEDG Education Platform, self-enroll/self-study
  • Full Exam Price: USD 59
  • Delivery Channel: OpenEDG Testing Service
  • Testing Policies: Click here to view Testing Policies
  • Exam Syllabus: Click here to view Exam Syllabus
  • Sample Test: Click here to download a free PCEP sample test (TBA)
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Exam Objectives

The test candidate should demonstrate the sufficient knowledge of the following concepts:

1. The fundamentals of computer programming, i.e. how the computer works, how the program is executed, how the programming language is defined and constructed, what the difference is between compilation and interpretation, what Python is, how it is positioned among other programming languages, and what distinguishes the different versions of Python;

2. The basic methods of formatting and outputting data offered by Python, together with the primary kinds of data and numerical operators, their mutual relations and bindings; the concept of variables and variable naming conventions; the assignment operator, the rules governing the building of expressions; the inputting and converting of data;


3. Boolean values to compare difference values and control the execution paths using the if and if-else instructions; the utilization of loops (while and for) and how to control their behavior using the break and continue instructions; the difference between logical and bitwise operations; the concept of lists and list processing, including the iteration provided by the for loop, and slicing; the idea of multi-dimensional arrays;

4. The defining and using of functions – their rationale, purpose, conventions, and traps; the concept of passing arguments in different ways and setting their default values, along with the mechanisms of returning the function’s results; name scope issues; new data aggregates: tuples and dictionaries, and their role in data processing.