Study Guide

Study Guide

Tools to Know for Drupal Development

Drupal Coding Standards

This is an overview of coding best practices and standards as they are applied in the Drupal community.

These coding standards, detailed for every area in which code might be produced during Drupal development, represent the broadly established best practices of the community. Adhering to these best practices will make development go more smoothly, and your contributions to Drupal core or modules more readily and easily accepted. If you are working on a project with Acquia technical support, these are the coding standards to which pull requests must adhere.


While not required to pass the Site Builder exam, drush is considered a basic skill for Drupal site development.

Practice Skills Application

The application of Drupal 8 concepts is the hands-on practice of site building. The courses provide some opportunity to practice doing the tasks of site building alongside the videos, but you will need a little more practice than that to pass the exam. Some suggested resources are below, to give you a better understanding of the role of site builder.

1. Understanding Drupal

1.1. Demonstrate the ability to explain the distinct and differentiating features of Drupal.

1.2. Demonstrate the understanding of Drupal jargon and terminology

2. Working with a Drupal Site

2.1. Given a scenario, determine how administration tools are used for site management.

2.2. Given a scenario, demonstrate ability to configure user accounts.

2.3. Given a scenario of a completed content item, identify which elements are taxonomy terms, image fields or text fields.

2.4. Given an example of a page layout, determine what is content versus a block.

2.5. Demonstrate an ability to troubleshoot problems related to content, configuration and maintenance

3. Content Modeling

3.1. Demonstrate ability to model content using Content Types and Vocabularies

3.2. Demonstrate ability to configure and manage comment types and comments

3.3. Demonstrate ability to configure and manage block types and blocks

3.4. Demonstrate ability to configure and manage Contact forms

3.5. Demonstrate ability to configure and use multilingual content and interface

3.6. Demonstrate ability to configure and manage menus, menu items and menu blocks

4. Site Display

4.1. Demonstrate the ability to control the display of content across various regions of the site using the block system.

4.2. Demonstrate the ability to provide different presentations of Content Entities (like Nodes, Comments, User Profiles, Terms etc) for editing or viewing

4.3. Demonstrate the ability to to create, manage and display lists of content using Drupal Views.

5. Site Configuration

5.1. Demonstrate the ability to use the various options related to site configuration like account settings, content authoring, development, search, site and system settings, media.

5.2. Demonstrate the ability to use the Configuration and Synchronization options to import, export, compare configuration across environments.

6. Community and Contributed Projects

6.1. Given a scenario, identify when a contributed module would be needed.

6.2. Given example project data, evaluate the health of projects.

6.3. Identify ways of community participation.

6.4. Demonstrate knowledge of how to report issues against either core or contributed modules.

7. Module and Theme management

7.1. Demonstrate the ability to add, update, and remove contributed modules

7.2. Demonstrate the ability to add, update, and remove contributed themes

8. Security & Performance

8.1. Identify security issues resulting from site configuration

8.2. Identify performance issues resulting from site configuration

Acquia Academy YouTube Resources

Drupal 8 Beginner's Course :

Drupal 8 Site Builder Course : Resources has published a concise list of the Drupalize.Me tutorials and other resources, that will help you prepare for Acquia's Certified Site Builder exam for both Drupal 7 and 8. The list is available at:

Learn more about the Acquia Certification Program at

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