Cobra Certification Exam

The Deltek Professional Cobra Certification validates skills within the Cobra product suite. Successful completion of the Certification exam is required to receive the Professional Certification. A candidate who passes the Deltek Cobra Certification exam has demonstrated proficiency within multiple areas of Deltek Cobra. To receive Deltek Cobra Certification, you must pass the knowledge based exam.

About the Deltek University Cobra Certification

The Deltek University Cobra Certification Program provides an opportunity for Deltek clients, partners, and employees to enhance their current Cobra system knowledge, and use Deltek tools to grow their skills and remain competitive in the workforce.

The Deltek Cobra Certification exam validates knowledge, skills, and experience within the Cobra product suite. Successful completion of the Certification exam is required to receive the professional certification.

What does the Certification Mean?

A candidate who passes the Deltek Cobra Certification exam has demonstrated proficiency within multiple areas of Deltek Cobra. To receive Deltek Cobra certification, you must pass the knowledge-based exam.

Benefits to individuals include:

  • Improved use of current systems
  • Valuable experience and confidence
  • Proof of skills and differentiator employers are looking for in the hiring process

Benefits to employers include:

  • Better return on system investment and employee satisfaction
  • Process improvements and efficiency
  • Ability to identify qualified employment candidates and ensure their users have a certain level of knowledge

Preparing for the Exams

Training is not required to be certified. Passing the exam confirms you have practical application knowledge required to be a Deltek Cobra certified user.

Requirements

This is an 80 question exam comprised of multiple choice and fill in the blank questions to test your knowledge of Cobra and how it applies to earned value management. This exam is randomly generated and provided via the Deltek Learning Zone.

Conditions

No written or online reference materials may be used during the exam.

The exams are taken online via the Deltek Learning Zone. Access to the exam is included for all users who have a subscription to use the Deltek Learning Zone. The exam must be completed in a single session of up to 120 minutes, with up to two attempts to successfully pass the exam.

Terms and Conditions

Following the purchase (if applicable) and launch of the exam, you must read and accept the Deltek Certification Program Terms and Conditions.

Maintaining Deltek Cobra Certification

Certification is valid for the life of the Cobra series on which you tested. For example, if you tested on version 8.2, your certification remains valid for any 8.n series versions. Retesting is only necessary when Deltek releases a major new version of Cobra.

Recommended Training or Background

All questions in the exam are tied to learning paths found on the DLZ; this includes all training types, such as Virtual Live Classes (VLC), Learning Videos (LV), Starter Guides (SG) and Self-Paced Learning (SPL). The following learning paths are recommended. Go to the Deltek Learning Zone (Deltek.com/Learn) for more information on the certification program, Cobra courses, and registration instructions.

  • Cobra Starter Guides
  • Getting Started with Cobra
  • Understanding EVM
  • What’s New in Cobra
  • Setting Up Projects in Cobra
  • Budgeting and Planning in Cobra
  • Integrating with Cobra
  • Setting Up Validations and Baselines in Cobra
  • Generating Outputs and Reports in Cobra
  • Updating Projects in Cobra
  • Managing the Project Lifecycle in Cobra
  • Security and Administration in Cobra
  • Applying EVM in Cobra
  • Learn Live in Cobra

Study Suggestions

You need knowledge in all areas of Cobra in order to pass the exam. Use your knowledge from work, co-workers, Deltek University’s Cobra Series trainings, and Knowledge Base articles. Here are some suggestions of areas to study to help with taking the exam. While this is not a complete list, use it as a springboard to your studies.

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You need a strong understanding of the main features and functions of Deltek Cobra.

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You need a strong understanding of the basics of Cobra’s capabilities, navigation, and preparing for project setup.

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You need a strong understanding of the basics of earned value management, an essential skillset for getting the most out of, and understanding the purpose of the Deltek Cobra application.

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You need a strong understanding of the new features and updates in the different release versions of Deltek Cobra.

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You need a strong understanding of the necessary steps to create, load, and validate a new project in Cobra.

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You need a strong understanding of the necessary steps to build out a project in Cobra that has a fully scoped performance measurement baseline with resource assignments that calculate the total hours and costs for completing the work.

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You need a strong understanding of the process of integrating with external systems to load control accounts, work packages, and resources based upon activity data held in a variety of scheduling systems.

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You need a strong understanding of the steps for creating a baseline for your project in Cobra and validating it for accuracy against the schedule and the contract budget base, management reserve, and other project level reporting values.

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You need a strong understanding of the key reports that make up a typical reporting requirement. These reports include setup and validation reports, earned value format reports, auditor reports, time-phased reports and other options for getting data from the project.

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You need a strong understanding of the typical steps used to update the project in Cobra, which is a standardized process and is similar in most organizations.

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You need a strong understanding of the features and functions used at various stages along the project lifecycle; including skills to manage the typical scenarios that occur during the life of a project.

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You need a strong understanding of the skills to manage users, groups, roles, licenses, and other administrative capabilities using the EPM Security Administrator (EPMSA), app. The EPMSA is an application that handles the access permissions, licenses, and other security settings for Cobra and other Deltek PPM applications.

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You need a strong understanding of how Cobra features and functions are built to support the 32 ANSI 748 Earned Value Management criteria.

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You need a strong understanding of all areas of Cobra. Courses in this learning path are offered as Virtual Live Classes.

Sample Questions

The Deltek Cobra Certification exam contains multiple choice and ‘fill in the blank’ types of question. Below are some examples of the types of questions in the exam, with the answers in bold.

  1. Which code file type is considered the best option when you don’t want any special hierarchical elements in the code values list?
    1. Punctuated Significant
    2. Non-Significant
    3. Fixed Form Significant
    4. Either Punctuated or Fixed Form Significant
  2. You have a spreadsheet that contains a complete WBS, including a punctuated significant code and description columns. Which of the following best describes your approach to loading such data into Cobra via the Integration wizard?
    1. Create a new code file in Cobra, and then select the File button on the Integration ribbon to start the import process.
    2. Create a new code file in Cobra, and then select the MS Project button on the Integration ribbon to start the import process.
    3. Create a new code file in Cobra, and then select the Ancillary Data button on the Integration ribbon to start the import process.
    4. None of these options. I'll copy and then paste the data from the spreadsheet into the new WBS code file.
  3. Fill in the blank: To automate some of the processes that I perform frequently in Cobra, I would create scripts that can be used with the _________ feature.
    1. Calculated Fields
    2. Integration Wizard
    3. Data Tool
    4. Cobra API
  4. Which IPMR format is used to report changes to the baseline within a particular reporting period.
    1. IPMR Format 1
    2. IPMR Format 3
    3. IPMR Format 2
    4. IPMR Format 5
  5. Which of the following best describes the content of the Project Planning Stats (Project Plng Stats) report?
    1. Project data with cost sets and results in columns
    2. A generic time-phased report of control account and work package values by WBS
    3. Time-phased BCWS values for planned work packages in a project
    4. Various metrics for EVTs, durations, and values of project control account, and work package values
  6. What is the process of apportionment used for?
    1. Tracking actual costs from external subcontractors or systems
    2. Copying resource assignments in subprojects
    3. Creating new resource assignments based on other budgeted work
    4. Tracking of estimated actual costs
  7. Under which of the following circumstances might you make use of the Cobra API Batch Process feature?
    1. To automate some of the processes that I perform frequently in Cobra
    2. When I wish to write code to add a feature to the Cobra application
    3. When I need to design complex calculations in a calculated field
    4. When I need to access Cobra from a remote location
  8. The Cobra backup feature creates a project backup file with what file extension?
    1. PDF
    2. CLF
    3. PRJ
    4. CMP
    5. XML
  9. What are Calculated Results?
    1. A performance measurement technique (EVT)
    2. A method of changing code values on multiple control accounts and work packages
    3. A field in the resource time-phased table
    4. Results that can be created on-the-fly for reporting, but are not available in the resource calculation's results list

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take the exam?

Anyone can take the exam. DLZ subscribers have access as part of the subscription, and non-subscribers can pay a one-off fee to take the exam.


How much does it cost to take the exam if I am not a subscriber?

Non-Subscribers can pay a one-off fee to $295 to take the exam.


Are there any pre-requisites?

There are no specific pre-requisites for taking the exam. However, we do list recommended learning materials in the Study Guide should you wish to prepare beforehand.


Where do I find the study guide?

The study guide is available by searching the DLZ, or inside the certification curriculum.


What is the difference between a Master Exam and a Sub Exam?

A Master Exam is defined as a product exam that covers all aspects of the Deltek product. A sub-exam or topic based exam is a shorter exam with a high percentage of the questions related to a specific topic area, or product module. The remainder of the questions (generally less than 30%) are general knowledge based questions. If someone takes the product sub exams, and passes all of them, that is equivalent to the Master Certification.


If I take all of the “sub exams” for a product, does that equal the Master Certification, or do I need to take that exam as well?

If someone takes the product sub exams, and passes all of them, that is equivalent to the Master Certification.


How many attempts do I get to pass the exam?

Each exam taker is given two attempts initially to pass the exam. If the exam taker does not pass on the first attempt, they can immediately try again. If they fail both attempts, we recommend that the exam taker to take the exam prep class, review the study guide and/or take appropriate DLZ classes during a 30-day waiting period.


How long is the exam? Can I take a break or do I need to complete it in one sitting?

The length of the exams vary by product and exam. Master Exams generally require 120 minutes while Sub Exams will require 60 – 90 minutes. The exam must be completed in one sitting. Therefore, it is recommended that the exam only be launched when the exam taker has sufficient time to complete it. Opening new or checking other tabs on the Internet browser is prohibited. This will discontinue the exam and automatically fail the exam taker. Once the exam taker clicks on “Start”, the timer counts down and they cannot pause or exit the exam. If the exam taker stops or runs out of time, the score will be taken on the portion of the exam that the exam taker has completed.

I tried taking the exam but when I click on Start, I receive the error “You have reached the maximum number of allowed attempts. Contact the instructor to re-take the quiz”. What do I do?

Please send an email to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com.

If I don’t pass the exam first time round, do I have to pay again?

No, each purchase entitles the exam taker to three attempts.

What if I fail the second attempt? When can I be eligible to take the exam again?

Each exam taker is given two attempts initially to pass the exam. If the exam taker does not pass on the first attempt, they can immediately try again. If they fail both attempts, we recommend the exam taker to take the exam prep class, review the study guide and/or take appropriate DLZ classes during a 30-day waiting period. Once the 30-day waiting period is over, the exam taker will be notified via email that they are now eligible to take the 3rd attempt. A new instance of the exam will automatically be added to their transcript inside the Deltek Learning Zone (DLZ).

I did not receive the email for my 3rd attempt and/or it is not yet on my transcript. What do I do?

Please reach out to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com for your 3rd attempt to be added to your transcript.

How will I know that I passed the certification?

Exam takers who pass, will see that they passed when they get to the end of the exam. They will also receive an email from Deltek University via Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) informing them that their credentials need to be accepted. It is recommended that this email address is whitelisted to avoid emails going to Spam/Junk folder.

Will the badge be emailed to me?

Exam takers will receive an email from Deltek University via Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) immediately after completing the exam. Please check your SPAM/junk mail folder if you did not receive the email. Please reach out to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com and we’ll be happy to re-send the email.

I know that I passed the Certification Exam but I did not receive any email. What do I do?

Please check your SPAM/junk mail folder if you did not receive the email. Please also check with your IT if the company firewall is blocking or rejecting our emails. It is recommended that the email address Deltek University via Acclaim (admin@youracclaim.com) is whitelisted to avoid emails going to Spam/Junk folder.

Your email address may have also been misspelled. Please reach out to DeltekUniversity@deltek.com, confirm your correct email address, and we’ll be happy to re-send the email.

Where can I post/share my badge?

Credentials can be posted on social media sites such as LinkedIn, and shared on your resume and company signature line.

How do I share or post my badge?

From your Dashboard in Acclaim, click on the badge you want to share. Click on the Share button and choose the social media platform you would like to connect to and share the badge. You can connect your Acclaim profile with your profile on LinkedIn, Twitter, Xing, and Facebook. You also have the option to email the badge, add a link to the badge on your Acclaim profile, embed the badge on a website through html, download or print the badge. You have the option to link your profiles while accepting the badge or later by going to Settings, then Applications. Once you click on the Connect button, you will be directed to log in to the selected platform.

Where is my Certificate of Completion?

Your Certification of Completion is associated with the Certification Badge you just earned. To access, simply accept the badge, follow the steps for Sharing your Badge, and select Print. The certificate will download as a PDF file.

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