Qualifications levels hierarchy for the C and C++ languages




Three levels of qualifications:


Associate – which is the foundation level. A holder of certificate at the associate level possesses the knowledge of the basics of programming in the C (CLA) or C++ (CPA) language, demonstrates fundamental programming techniques, customs, vocabulary and the most common library functions.


Professional – which is the advanced level. A holder of certificate at the advanced level possesses the knowledge of advanced programming in the C (CLP) or C++ (CPP) language, demonstrates advanced programming techniques, customs, and vocabulary as well as advanced library functions. He or she is capable of using and creating complex algorithms and is able to deal with complex coding problems.


Senior – which is the expert level. A holder of certificate at the senior level possesses knowledge of heavily advanced programming in the C (CLS) or C++ (CPS) language, demonstrates remarkably advanced programming techniques and is able to deal with highly complex coding problems. He or she is capable of creating and implementing highly complex algorithms.



About C++ Institute


C++ Institute is recognized as the first organization in the world to develop an international high-stakes C and C++ test and certification program. They are committed to the development of a global standard in C and C++ certification, which will allow coders and IT professionals from all over the world to assess and document their programming skills accurately and objectively in order to gain recognition for their expertise.


C++ Institute and Pearson VUE, the leader in computer-based testing, have established cooperation on the exclusive delivery of the certification program created for the C and C++ programming languages. On the foundations of this cooperation, C++ Institute and Pearson VUE have started to provide the first recognized C/C++ testing and certification program.



C Language


The "C" Language is currently one of the most widely used programming languages. Designed as a tool for creating operating systems (with its help the first Unix systems were constructed) it quickly proved that it is suitable wherever you need high performance, speed, compactness and portability. Despite the fact that shortly after its release it was followed by a worthy descendant, the C + + language, it did not lose its importance and it still remains an essential tool for developers and designers in many applications. Wherever a code strongly associated with the operations of equipment is created, the C language proves its flexibility and adaptability. Network cards drivers, graphics cards software, operating systems, microcontrollers, which can be found everywhere around you, on your desk and in your car, in the kitchen and in the garage, simply – everywhere where intelligent electronics works – you are sure to find the effects of work of programmers who write in "C".  The heart of Linux is nearly 15 million lines of code in "C". What better proof of the language’s longevity.


Even in places where modern software with much more powerful abilities works, the C language was, is and will be present because it is the language in which runtimes (runtime environments) are written, responsible for performance, economical memory usage and reliability. The "C" language niche extends from single-chip microcomputers controlling your coffee machine, to your laptop onto which you have just installed the latest graphics card drivers, to supercomputers that forecast the weather for your desired holiday.


The "C" language is not planning on growing old. New standards are still being created, and the language itself changes according to how the hardware develops and how its usage possibilities change.



C++ Language


C++ is a general-purpose programming language designed by Bjarne Stroustrup as an extension to the C language with object-oriented data abstraction mechanisms and strong static type safety. Compliance with the C language at the level of source code remains one of the primary design goals of subsequent language standards.


Since 1998 the ISO / IEC 14882:1998 standard (Standard for the C + + Programming Language) with minor amendments approved in 2003 (ISO / IEC 14882:2003) remains applicable.  In 2009 a new standard was announced (known as C++0x), which came into effect as of 12 August 2011.


It is a highly developed programming language in terms of operators, simplicity, and the ease of notation. This allows for data abstraction and the use of several programming paradigms: procedural, object-oriented and generic. It is characterized by high performance of the object code, direct access to hardware resources and system functions, ease of creation and use of libraries (written in C++, C, or other languages), independence of a specific hardware or system platform (which ensures high portability of source codes) and a small execution environment. The main areas of its application are applications and operating systems.



Popularity Ranking


The C and C++ programming languages ​​ are now among the most popular languages ​​used for creating all kinds of software. TIOBE specializes in assessing and tracking the quality of software. The company also carries out a continuous popularity ranking of programming languages, available here. To the surprise of many, the C language is often the most popular programming language, even ahead of JAVA. One may certainly observe a slight dip of C++ from the third position to the fourth.




Free e-learning platform


Apart from the certification itself, the system offers an advanced e-learning programme that has elements of modern teaching, such as milestones, motivational tools and skills verification. Continuous formative assessments will help to determine candidates’ understanding of the given subject – indicating whether they should move on to the next chapter or revisit the current – to maximise their chance of obtaining a valuable certification that can be translated into success on the job market.


Organisations are also be able to create training courses by utilising the e-learning and curriculum provided.


The e-learning platform is offered free of charge to candidates, training companies and institutions.



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