Python Coding Specialist (PCS) Certification

Python is considered a highly productive programming language. It is a much more concise and expressive language that requires less time, effort, and lines of code to perform the same operations. Since its creation, Python has grown exponentially, it has become the most used coding language by far.

What are the benefits of getting a Python Certification?

The PCS is a globally-recognized industry certification on Python programming, which grants coding specialists, software developers, and IT professionals the ability to assess their knowledge and get credentials for their programming skills.

The unique peculiarity of the PCS Certification is the assessment modality, which consists of a real live coding environment, offers candidates the ability to write proper code to perform tasks-based questions. This technology is called LITA (Live in the Application) and Knowledge Pillars is one of the very few organizations able to provide with this very advanced assessment solution.

PCS is part of a larger set of certifications’ level, which will all go live in the next few months.

Exam Details

Number of questions: 35

Time limit: 45 minutes

Passing score: 75%

Format: Linear and Live-in-the-App

The examination procedure
The students will have to answer all the question within the given timeframe.

They are free to ignore as many questions as they want. They will have the option to flag the questions and then review them at the end of the test (within the 45 minutes timeframe). All unanswered questions will be marked as incorrect.

When the test finishes the result of the examination is sent to KP’s server for storing.

Exam Objective Domains

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a firm background at developing and debugging simple programs using Python. Prior to taking the exam, a candidate is expected to have approximately 150 hours of hands-on experience or lectures on developing using Python.

The elevated level of preparation required is derived by the industry-standard level of the exam and the fact that this certification reflects the candidate’s readiness to enter the job market. Moreover, this Certification is used as a job placement index by recruiting managers, for the correct placement of a job seeker. Knowledge Pillars PCS use a task-based format in order to ensure the validity of the results.

To optimize the examination experience for the Candidate, Knowledge Pillars has taken certain steps to utilize real Python environment during the examination, as well as to ensure stable experience for the examinées. The exam is provided both in Testing Centers, or remotely, via the remote proctoring system.

1. Python Basic Concepts

1.1. Fundamental Concepts

What is Python and what is the differences between interpreter and compiler?

1.2. Python Structure

Python Syntax and semantics and the importance of indentation and casing. Python keywords and the use of numeral systems and scientific notation


Insert inline and multi-line comments

2. Variables and Operators

2.1. Variable data types

Define, use and recognize various types of variables (integer, float, string). Store User Input in a variable and recognize the different scopes of a variable. Type Casting and Type Conversion

2.2. Using Operators in Expressions

Use Arithmetic, String, Bitwise and Relational Operators and identify their order of precedence

3. Using Conditional Statements

3.1. Logical Operators

Use Logical Operators in Expressions and identify their order of precedence

3.2. If statements

Using single or nested if, …else and …elif… conditional statement

4. Using Loops

4.1. The for… Loop

Using a for… Loop and the range function

4.2. The while… Loop

Using a while… loop

4.3. Controlling loops

Nesting, expanding, breaking and continuing loops. Avoiding infinite loops

5. Create and use Functions and Generators

5.1. Create a function

Define a function and generator and add documentation to it. Pass parameters inside a function and return values

5.2. Use a function

Calling a function with or without default values. Use basic, recursive and lambda functions

6. Python Data Structures

6.1. Lists

Define, nest, enumerate Lists and add remove or use elements from them and use their methods. Use slices

6.2. Strings

Use Strings as lists along with basic string functions

6.3. Tuples

Define and enumerate Tuples, use their elements and methods and recognize similarities and differences of them with Lists

6.4. Sets

Define, nest, enumerate Sets and add remove or use elements from them and use their methods

6.5. Dictionaries

Define, nest, enumerate Dictionaries and add remove or use elements from them and use their methods.

7. Using Modules and packages

7.1. Use Modules

Import, initialize, write and document modules. Hide entities in a module

7.2. Use Packages

Create and distribute packages. Python Hashbangs

8. Classes, Objects and OOP

8.1. Classes, Objects

Define your classes/objects, superclasses and subclasses. Define, add and remove class attributes, methods and variables

8.2. Fundamentals of OOP

Use single and multiple inheritance or override it. Use functions to get information on objects/classes

9. Respond to Events and Exceptions

9.1. Events and hooks

Using hooks on Events and their libraries

9.2. Errors and Exceptions

Common errors and how to handle them via the exception object

10. I/O operations using Python

10.1. Use Python to read and write files

Open, read, stream and write files. Understand the difference between text and binary files

How to take the Python Exam

If you’re ready to get Python certified, all you need to do is follow the steps below:

  • register on Knowledge Pillars and create your account,
  • buy your exam voucher from the Knowledge Pillars webshop,
  • we will send you the next steps instructions on how and where to take the exam.

Once you have passed your Python exam, you will get a confirmation email from Knowledge Pillars notifying you of when you will get your digital transcript and digital certificate.

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Technical Requirements

The minimum system requirements are:

  • Operating system: Windows 7/8/10 OS, MacOS X 10.0x or newer, Linux OS
  • Minimum RAM: 1GB or more depending on the Operating System
  • Minimum processor: 1.0 Ghz or more depending on the operating system and the architecture
  • A color monitor with minimum display resolution: 1366px by 768px
  • Internet access
  • The latest version of the Chrome browser
  • Automatic updates, notifications, other popup windows, and anything that can disrupt the examination process should be disabled
Certification Path

Python Coding Specialist Badge

Python Coding Specialist

Number of questions:35
Time limit45 minutes
Passing score75%
FormatLinear and
Exam valid for2 years

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Is PCS Right for You?

Try out this Python quiz to find out if the Python Certification Exam is right for you.

I am a business leader and I have a company in finance. We need very often to hire developers with Python or Javascript skills as development is an active part of our business; we need to improve continuously the stability and quality of our system, so we need people with experience. We receive between 500 and 1500 applications when we create a job post. One of the very first things we do is shortlist applications, by looking for specific words or certifications that can prove candidates have what we need.

Unfortunately, 2 out 3 candidates, even if certified, don’t seem to own quality skills and their knowledge seem to be more theoretical. KP certifications solve that issue, because now we know, in advance, that a candidate possessing those credentials must also own the knowledge in a practical way. KP significantly contribute to addressing and providing a solution to the skills gap in the modern world.

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