Unity is the industry standard when it comes to game engines. Also, Unity developer is the most searched job in the past few years. If you are a Unity expert then you will most certainly get a job in the gaming industry. There are some key point that recruiters look for in your resume for a game development job and Unity certification is one of the key parameter that has come up in the recent years. In this post we will see how Unity certification helps you, what you need to learn to get certified and how to apply for Unity certification.
What is Unity Certification?
Unity certification is like any other college degree certificate that you get after passing an exam. People who have taken the unity exam get a badge saying that they are skilled to work on Unity game engine. It has many types of certification, they are broadly divided for beginners and experts.
- Unity certified Programmer.
- Unity certified 3D artist.
- Game play programmer.
- Technical artist: Rigging and Animation
- Technical artist: Shading and Effects
Based only the requirement you can take which ever certification you want. Once taken the certificate is valid for 2 Years.
What i need to learn before applying?
Unity certification is a difficult exam, one must not take it without proper preparation. What you need to learn depends on the type of certification that you need to get. If you feel you are well versed with all the aspects of unity then you can take a practice test that is cheaper than the actual test. The practice test includes 60 days of test that closely resembles Unity exam.
Unity also has a course ware for each type of certification. They include all topics needed for the exam. Unity provides a 40% discount for people buying the bundle which includes Unity course ware, practice test and Unity certification exam. There are many other types of bundles like certification and practice test or certification and course ware. Its more beneficial to buy the bundles rather than going for individual packages.
If you want to take the exam without any practice test or course ware from unity, then you must be well prepared in all aspects. I wouldn’t recommend taking the exam if you have not completed at-least two fully playable games of different genre. If you want to apply for unity programmer you must be able to type in the code without looking into unity manual. Most unity programmers use the autocomplete feature to finish their line of code, but that feature is not available during the exam. So, If you feel confident on these aspects go ahead and take the exam. Just remember that the practice exam and certification bundle costs only a few dollars more that the certification.
Do i need Unity certification?
Unity certification is definitely worth for some people and totally useless for others. Let me list put the scenarios when you need Unity certification and when you don’t.
Who needs it?
- New game developer.
- Looking for your first Job in game development.
- No work experience in Unity but need to apply for a job.
- Want to take up freelance Unity work.
- Make your resume standalone.
Who doesn’t need it?
- Years of experience in gaming industry.
- Many completed projects to showcase.
- Learning Unity for developing your own games.
Unity certification is mainly for people looking for job in game development industry. There are so many people wanting to learn unity to make their dream games they do not need to get certified to make games. Those people can learn unity using Unity learn premium, which is a consolidated way to learn Unity.
How to get unity Certification?
Once you decide on what unity certification you want and whether you want to buy the course ware and practice test, you can go to Unity Certification website and select your country. The cost of certification is different for different region and also you need to select the test center where you want to take the test. You need to have a Unity log in before you can buy the certification, login and buy whichever package you want. You will have two options while purchasing standard and inventory management. Select standard if your are an individual, select inventory management if you are an institute.
Unity certification exam voucher is valid for 12 months. You must schedule and take the exam within 12 months. Once scheduled , rescheduling will cost you more so be careful while scheduling your exam. After you clear you exam you you will get a badge that you can share will recruiters to get a job. If you are still not sure if you should get certified or learn unity in other method, you can check out our post on how to learn unity for more details.
Unity certification is totally worth the money if you are new in the gaming industry , it will surely get you the recognition you need to start your game development career. Your resume will standout from the crowd. If you are learning unity as a hobby and want to make your own games , then this is not for you.