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JS Institute

About the OpenEDG JS Institute

The JS Institute is an independent non-profit project venture run and managed by the Open Education and Development Group (OpenEDG), whose aim is to support the education and industry sectors, and help them fulfill their JavaScript needs, as well as support and foster the development of the JavaScript language and its vibrant communities.

The JS Institute provides a global framework for JavaScript programming education and high-stakes assessments, and offers vendor-neutral certification programs in the JavaScript programming language, delivered in cooperation with schools, colleges, and universities; training companies and IT industry leaders; and available through the OpenEDG Testing Service, OnVUE Online Proctoring, and a network of 5,000 accredited Pearson VUE testing centers.

About JavaScript

JavaScript is a dynamic scripting programming language used for web development, interactive web and mobile applications, game development, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality (VR). It can be used both on the client side and server side across multiple industries to create all kinds of front-end and back-end applications.

As many as 70% of developers use JavaScript for their work-related projects, which makes it the most popular programming language in the world, and an overwhelming 95% of web pages worldwide embed JavaScript code within them.

JavaScript is mainly used by front-end developers who build the user-facing, visual part of a website. Other jobs in which JavaScript skills are particularly useful include: Web Application Developer, Mobile Application Developer, Web Designer, Back-End Web Developer, Full Stack Developer, System Administrator, UX Designer, DevOps Engineer, Security Engineer, Technical Writer, and Educator.

Since the popularity of JavaScript is constantly growing, and more opportunities are opening up for skilled programmers, the demand for JavaScript programmers is highly likely to increase over the next decade.

JS Institute Certification Program

The JS Institute has defined an independent global certification program for the JavaScript programming language. JS Institute vendor-neutral certifications validate the candidate’s programming skills, knowledge, and abilities, and equip them with all the necessary means and resources to pursue a career in JavaScript programming and related technologies across a number of different industry sectors.

Test Candidates can take certification exams at three competency levels (entry, associate, and professional), and across two different certification tracks (general-purpose programming, and web development).

JS Institute Certification Roadmap

JS Institute Certification Roadmap

The JS Institute offers the following vendor-neutral certifications in the JavaScript programming language:

  • JSE – Certified Entry-Level JavaScript Programmer (Exam JSE-40-xx) (Entry Level, provided via OpenEDG Testing Service)
  • WDE – Certified Entry-Level Web Developer (Exam WDE-40-xx) (Entry Level, provided via OpenEDG Testing Service, coming late 2022)
  • JSA – Certified Associate JavaScript Programmer (Exam JSA-41-xx) (Associate Level, provided via OpenEDG Testing Service and in cooperation with Pearson VUE)
  • WDA – Certified Associate Web Developer (Exam WDA-41-xx) (Associate Level, provided via OpenEDG Testing Service and in cooperation with Pearson VUE, coming early 2023)
  • JSPA – Certified Professional JavaScript Programmer, specialization in Front-End Web Development (Exam JSP-42A-xx) (Professional Level, provided in cooperation with Pearson VUE, coming 2023)
  • JSPB – Certified Professional JavaScript Programmer, specialization in Back-End Web Development (Exam JSPb-42A-xx) (Professional Level, provided in cooperation with Pearson VUE, coming 2023)

Certification Exams Available at Pearson VUE

The JS Institute is pleased to offer the following certification exams to test candidates through the network of Pearson VUE Testing Centers and via OnVUE Online Proctoring from Pearson VUE:

JSA – Certified Associate JavaScript Programmer

JSA – Certified Associate JavaScript Programmer

The JSA certification validates the candidate’s knowledge of the advanced use of JS functions and the OOP conceptual apparatus, as well as their proficiency in analyzing, modelling, designing, developing, deploying, and maintaining JavaScript programs using the Object-Oriented Programming approach.

  • Exam Level: Associate
  • Exam Code: JSA-41-xx
  • Current Exam Version: JSA-41-01
  • Prerequisites: None (Recommended: JSE Certification)
  • Exam Length: 65 minutes (exam) + 10 minutes (NDA/Tutorial)
  • Number of Exam Items: 40
  • Item Types: Single-Select and Multiple-Select
  • Passing Score: 70% (84/120 points)
  • Exam Status: Published
  • Exam Syllabus: JSA Exam Syllabus
  • More Information: JSA Certification Review
WDA – Certified Associate Web Developer

WDA – Certified Associate Web Developer

The WDA certification will aim to validate the candidate’s proficiency in using the JavaScript programming skills, libraries, tooling, and related frameworks and technologies, for the purposes of designing and creating dynamic, interactive, and more complex client-side web development projects and applications.

  • Exam Level: Associate
  • Exam Code: WDA-41-xx
  • Current Exam Version: WDA-41-01 (coming early 2023)
  • Prerequisites: None (Recommended: WDE certification)
  • Exam Length: 65 minutes (exam) + 10 minutes (NDA/Tutorial)
  • Number of Exam Items: 40
  • Item Types: Single-Select and Multiple-Select
  • Passing Score: 70% (84/120 points)
  • Exam Status: Coming Early 2023
  • Exam Syllabus: WDA Exam Syllabus
  • More Information: WDA Certification Review
JSPA – Certified Professional JavaScript Programmer, specialization in Front-End Web Development

JSPA – Certified Professional JavaScript Programmer, specialization in Front-End Web Development

The JSPA certification will aim to validate the candidate’s proficiency in using the JavaScript programming skills, tooling, and related frameworks and technologies, as well as the adoption of best practices, standards, and coding conventions for the purposes of designing, creating, and facilitating modern client-side web development projects and applications.

  • Exam Level: Professional
  • Exam Code: JSP-42A-xx
  • Prerequisites: JSA & WDA Certifications
  • Exam Length: 65 minutes (exam) + 10 minutes (NDA/Tutorial)
  • Number of Exam Items: 40
  • Item Types: Single-Select and Multiple-Select
  • Passing Score: 70% (84/120 points)
  • Exam Status: Coming 2023
  • Exam Syllabus: JSPA Exam Syllabus
  • More Information: JSPA Certification Review
JSPB – Certified Professional JavaScript Programmer, specialization in Back-End Web Development

JSPB – Certified Professional JavaScript Programmer, specialization in Back-End Web Development

The JSPB certification will aim to validate the candidate’s proficiency in using JavaScript programming skills, frameworks and related technologies for the purposes of designing, developing, and maintaining the server-side logic, managing the exchange of data between the server and the users, as well as performing proper integration of the front-end elements, and ensuring the high-performance of requests.

  • Exam Level: Professional
  • Exam Code: JSP-42B-xx
  • Prerequisites: JSA & WDA Certifications
  • Exam Length: 65 minutes (exam) + 10 minutes (NDA/Tutorial)
  • Number of Exam Items: 40
  • Item Types: Single-Select and Multiple-Select
  • Passing Score: 70% (84/120 points)
  • Exam Status: Coming 2023
  • Exam Syllabus: JSPB Exam Syllabus
  • More Information: JSPB Certification Review

The candidate will obtain a JSA, WDA, JSPA, and/or JSPB certification issued by the JS Institute after they successfully pass the corresponding exam in an authorized Pearson VUE Test Center or via the OnVUE Online Proctoring system. The candidate will also be issued with a badge through Credly’s Acclaim platform.

Prerequisites: The JSA and WDA certifications are prerequisites for the JSPA and JSPB certifications, which means the candidate must hold active JSA and WDA certifications in order to obtain the JSPA certification and the JSPB certification.

Learn more about the JS Institute certification program here.

Prepare for Your Exam

You can sign up for any of the JS Institute courses aligned with the JSE and JSA certifications that are available through the Cisco Networking Academy program, or through Edube Interactive, the OpenEDG Learning & Assessment Hub.

Schedule an Exam

Before scheduling an exam, set up a web account at Pearson VUE and obtain a Candidate Testing ID (CPI ID).

If you already have your CPI ID, sign into your Pearson VUE web account and follow the exam registration procedure. Your appointment can be made in advance or, in some cases, on the same day you wish to test. You do not need to have a voucher to schedule a JS Institute exam – you can purchase your exam at the moment of registration.

Having signed into your Pearson VUE web account, you’ll be able to register online using your credit or debit card.

Verify a Certification

Others can easily verify an individual’s certification status by entering a unique certificate verification code at the OpenEDG JS Institute Certificate Verification page. The certificate verification code can be found in the top left-hand corner of all certificates issued by the JS Institute.

Digital Badging

Candidates who pass an OpenEDG JS Institute exam (JSE, JSA, WDA, WDE, JSPA, and JSPB) will qualify for an OpenEDG JS Institute badge.

When represented as a digital credential, candidates can share their achievements with their network with one click on Credly’s Acclaim platform. Thanks to the digital credentials from the OpenEDG JS Institute, peers and employers can verify these credentials and learn more about what it is the candidates can do. Furthermore, research shows that professionals who share their digital credentials to professional networking sites are discovered by employers, on average, six times more often than those who do not.

Retake Policy

When a candidate fails an exam, they must wait fifteen days before being allowed to re-sit that exam. No retakes of a passed exam of the same exam version are allowed. A new voucher is required for each retake.

Additional Information

For more information about certifications, exams, and study resources, please visit the OpenEDG JS Institute website available at https://js.institute.

Last updated 2022-09-26