Professional Development Program (PD) Micro-Credential

These Professional Development micro-credential workshops were designed for educators to achieve a Knowledge Pillars certification like PCA or PCS. During these workshops, we advise and guide educators on how to prepare their students to successfully pass these exams.

What are the benefits of attending this workshop?

These expert-led workshops are divided into two to four equal 3-hour sessions and can be hosted virtually or in person. Virtual attendees can access the session recordings for up to 90 days after the workshop. During this workshop, educators will learn more about how the Knowledge Pillars certification exams are structured; become familiar with the exam objective domains, and the types of questions they will encounter. Educators will have a chance to engage live with an expert instructor, ask questions and get hints and guidelines on what to focus on while preparing themselves and their students for the certification.

Python PCA Workshop Details

Duration: 4 Days (3 hours per session)

After this workshop attendees will:

  • be acquainted with the content of the PCA certification
  • be able to differentiate PCA certification content
  • be able to identify types of questions
  • be acquainted with tricks for efficient task solving
  • be able to test their knowledge by taking a practice test
  • be able to analyze practice test tasks
  • be qualified to take the PCA certification tests
  • be able to help students to prepare for the certification

Please note: all sessions are recorded and made available to participants in the Knowledge Pillars ARK platform for up to 90 days after the workshop is complete.

The duration provided per topic is estimated.

Agenda Outline

Attendees for this workshop should have dedicated at least 1 hour to the PCA practice test. It is assumed that the educators have a fundamental knowledge of Python coding before attending this workshop, if not, candidates are expected to complete 4-6 weeks of self-preparation before attending this workshop.

Session 1

  1. Introduction to Python and PCA Certification Exam (15 minutes)
  2. Data Types & Operations (30 minutes)
  3. Variables, Input and Output Commands (40 minutes)
  4. Conditionals (40 minutes)
  5. Loops (40 minutes)

Session 2

  1. Lists (45 minutes)
  2. Functions (45 minutes)
  3. Practice Labs – Data Types, Variables, Conditions (40 minutes)
  4. Practice Labs – Loops (35 minutes)

Session 3

  1. Practice Labs – Lists (45 minutes)
  2. Practice Labs – Mixed Tasks (45 minutes)
  3. Practice Test and Test Analysis (75 minutes)

Session 4

  1. Mastering Knowledge Pillars ARK (3 hours)

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Python PCS Workshop Details

Duration: 4 Days (3 hours per session)

After this workshop attendees will:

  • be acquainted with the content of the PCS certification
  • be able to differentiate PCS certification content
  • be able to identify types of questions
  • be acquainted with tricks for efficient task solving
  • be able to test their knowledge by taking a practice test
  • be able to analyze practice test tasks
  • be qualified to take the PCS certification tests
  • be able to help students to prepare for the certification

Please note: all sessions are recorded and made available to participants in the Knowledge Pillars ARK platform for up to 90 days after the workshop is complete.

The duration provided per topic is estimated.

Agenda Outline

Attendees for this workshop should have dedicated at least 1 hour to the PCS practice test. It is assumed that the educators have a fundamental knowledge of Python coding before attending this workshop, if not, candidates are expected to complete 4-6 weeks of self-preparation before attending this workshop.

Session 1

  1. Introduction to the PCS certification (5 minutes)
  2. Python Basic Concepts (15 minutes)
  3. Variables and Operators (25 minutes)
  4. Using Conditional Statements (20 minutes)
  5. Using Loops (20 minutes)
  6. Create and use Functions and Generators (30 minutes)
  7. Python Data Structures (50 minutes)

Session 2

  1. Using Modules and Packages (30 minutes)
  2. Classes, Objects and OOP (30 minutes)
  3. Responds to Events and Exceptions (20 minutes)
  4. I/O Operations using Python (30 minutes)
  5. Practice Lab – Variables and Operators, Conditional Statements and Loops (55 minutes)

Session 3

  1. Practice Lab – Functions and Data Structures (50 minutes)
  2. Practice Lab – Modules, Packages, OOP, Events, and I/O (40 minutes)
  3. Practice Test and Test Analysis (75 minutes)

Session 4

  1. Mastering Knowledge Pillars ARK (3 hours)

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Python PCA and PCS Workshop Details

Duration: 4 Days (3 hours per session)

  • Recommended pre-workshop preparation requirement: 1 hour for PCA practice test + 1 hour for PCS practice test
  • Guided workshop exam topic coverage: 12 hours (6 hours PCA + 6 hours PCS) divided into four sessions
  • Estimation for pre-certification preparation after completing the guided workshop: 2 hours for PCA + 4 hours for PCS

After this workshop attendees will:

  • be acquainted with the content of the PCA & PCS certification
  • be able to differentiate PCA & PCS certification content
  • be able to identify types of questions
  • be acquainted with tricks for efficient task solving
  • be able to test their knowledge by taking a practice test
  • be able to analyze practice test tasks
  • be qualified to take the PCA & PCS certification tests
  • be able to help students to prepare for the certification

Please note: all sessions are recorded and made available to participants in the Knowledge Pillars ARK platform for up to 90 days after the workshop is complete.

The duration provided per topic is estimated.

Agenda Outline

Attendees for this workshop should have dedicated at least 1 hour to the PCA practice test and 1 hour to the PCS practice test. It is assumed that the educators have a fundamental knowledge of Python coding before attending this workshop, if not, candidates are expected to complete 4-6 weeks of self-preparation before attending this workshop.

Session 1

  1. Introduction to Python and PCA Certification Exam (15 minutes)
  2. Data Types & Operations (35 minutes)
  3. Variables, Input and Output Commands (40 minutes)
  4. Conditionals (45 minutes)
  5. Loops (45 minutes)

Session 2

  1. Lists (50 minutes)
  2. Functions (50 minutes)
  3. Practice Test and Test Analysis (80 minutes)

Session 3

  1. Introduction to the PCS certification (5 minutes)
  2. Python Basic Concepts (15 minutes)
  3. Variables and Operators (25 minutes)
  4. Using Conditional Statements (20 minutes)
  5. Using Loops (25 minutes)
  6. Create and use Functions and Generators (30 minutes)
  7. Python Data Structures (60 minutes)

Session 4

  1. Using Modules and Packages (30 minutes)
  2. Classes, Objects and OOP (30 minutes)
  3. Responds to Events and Exceptions (20 minutes)
  4. I/O Operations using Python (30 minutes)
  5. Practice Test and Test Analysis (80 minutes)

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Professional Development Workshop

Total hours: 12 hours 
Pre-workshop preparation required: 2 hours
Digital badge included: Yes
Format Virtual or
In-person

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