November 7, 2017 at 9:48 pm #19457
Has anyone ever taken the certification exam for ForgeRock Certified Access Management Specialist Exam (FRX-AM-CSE) in this forum? How hard is it? Is the course FR-420 enough for the certification?November 8, 2017 at 10:36 am #19469Andy CoryParticipant
Personally, I thought the exam was quite tricky, it’s not something I felt I could just breeze through. The questions are wide-ranging, covering the majority of the product functionality. I did pass it, thankfully, and with a score I was happy with, but it wasn’t without some head-scratching.
Other opinions may vary, but I think course FR-420 is not enough, on its own, to give enough background to be confident of passing the certification exam. Some hand-on experience is likely to be very helpful.
-AndyNovember 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm #19650
Thanks Andy. Can you elaborate what kind of questions you faced? Were there more application oriented questions (Example: Provide a use case and ask what policy will give access to this application). Can you provide one or 2 samples?November 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm #19653Scott HegerParticipant
Definitely having hands on experience will help. I took the test without any studying as I wanted to see where I ended up with just the years of experience I have with the product. I passed, but in comparison to all the other certification exams I have taken (Sun Microsystems, MS, etc.), this was the most challenging. I will say I did disagree with some of the questions and potential answers which is probably what Andy was alluding to about it being tricky. The FR-420 course material is a good study guide but you should also ensure a good level of knowledge of SAML and OAuth 2.0 for being able to answer questions around those protocols.
Best of luck!November 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm #19654
Thanks Scott. To both of you. I have worked only on the AM 5.0 version. Does it make a difference? Should I have experience on older versions as well?November 20, 2017 at 9:14 am #19661Andy CoryParticipant
From memory, the concepts/topics in the exam are not specific to AM version. I can’t say I remember any specific questions, to be honest, but do recall that most did have a clear correct answer without a great deal of ambiguity. But there were some that fell into the category that Scott mentions, where more than one answer seems to make sense. THere’s no latitude to cover all bases in your answers, given that you have to select one only of those offered. If someone with Scott’s experience found the certification exam challenging, then it is fair to say it is exactly that, certainly not a formality.
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