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With our quantum developer certification, companies and research institutions will find a clear path to get their workforce quantum-ready. The certificate will help those hiring for classical programming and non-programming roles recognize holders of this certification as forward-thinking individuals willing to skill up for the future of the computing workforce.
The IBM Quantum Developer Certification is a 60-question certification exam offered on the Pearson VUE platform. Those who pass the exam will have demonstrated experience using Qiskit to create and execute quantum computing programs on IBM quantum computers and simulators, and the ability to perform these tasks with little to no assistance from product documentation, support, or peers.
We figure that plenty of Qiskitters will be looking to take the certification exam, so we’ve put together a sneak peak of the exam’s structure, what’s going to be on it, and how to study for it. The test is going to be a 60-question exam, in English, offered on the Pearson VUE platform. The goal of the test is to certify that those who pass it can define, execute, and visualize quantum circuits using Qiskit, implement single and multi-qubit gates and understand their effects on quantum circuits, and leverage the fundamental features of Qiskit in order to write quantum programs.
Create your first circuit walkthrough
Also, explore the Quantum Composer user guide, and Operations glossary
Gain an intuitive understanding of the Bloch sphere and gate rotations with this web-based application known as Grok the Bloch Sphere
Explore all of sections 1 and 2
Explore the Defining Quantum Circuits section
Explore the Qiskit Tutorials - Circuits Jupyter notebooks
The links shown above are in the start_here Jupyter notebook
Explore the Qiskit Tutorials - Advanced circuit visualization Jupyter notebook
The Advanced circuit visualization link is in the start_here Jupyter notebook
Explore the Qiskit Tutorials - Simulators Jupyter notebook
The Simulators link is in the start_here Jupyter notebook
Consult qiskit.circuit.QiskitCircuit methods for using QASM within Qiskit
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Each certification exam question falls into one of these objectives:
... and understand
Familiarity with Qiskit API
Mental gymnastics on the Bloch sphere
Familiarity with Qiskit API
Familiarity with Qiskit API, measure vs. measure_all
Entanglement and knowing the four Bell states
Gymnastics on the Bloch sphere, plot_bloch_multivector vs. plot_bloch_vector
Bell state, and initialize()
Familiarity with Qiskit API, multi-qubit gates
Familiarity with Qiskit API, Toffoli gate
Example Toffoli gate:
Familiarity with Qiskit API, barrier operation
Barrier operation, optimizing circuits
Barrier operation, circuit depth
Using execute function parameters, coupling map, Aer qasm_simulator
Using execute function parameters, coupling map, BasicAer qasm_simulator
Example device gate map:
Assigning BasicAer simulators
Quantum information, creating an Operator
Familiarity with Qiskit quantum_info API, process and gate fidelity
Mentally calculating statevector from a quantum circuit
Massive hardware, limited bits, software infancy
Quantum computers make direct use of quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition, interference and entanglement, to perform operations on data.
Feasible on classical computers
Feasible on quantum computers
Solutions to problems
Some problems may be solved exponentially faster
“Nature isn't classical, dammit, and if you want to make a simulation of nature, you'd better make it quantum mechanical, and by golly it's a wonderful problem, because it doesn't look so easy.”
complex chemical reactions, for example
Dr. Richard Feynman, 1981
“If you start factoring 10-digit numbers then it’s going to start getting scary”
someday maybe, using Shor's algorithm, formulated in 1994
Dr. Peter Shor, 2013
“Programming a quantum computer is particularly interesting since there are multiple things happening in the same hardware simultaneously. One needs to think like both a theoretical physicist and a computer scientist.”
using Grover's algorithm
Dr. Lov Grover, 2002
*Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum computers
NOT gate (Pauli/X, bit-flip)
When observed there is a:
probability of being grumpy
probability of being happy
with 1/2 probability
with 1/6 probability
with 1/3 probability
Mars - ESA
Venus - NASA