IBM has announced the launch of its first developer certification for the programming of quantum computers. The IBM Quantum Developer Certification focuses on IBM’s own software tools and the Qiskit open-source SDK in particular.

By offering this Quantum Developer Certification, IBM has made available the world’s first developer certification for quantum computers. To earn the certificate, developers must proof they have sufficient experience using the open-source Qiskit software development kit correctly (SDK) by answering a wide variety of questions. In addition, the tasks must be completed with little to no assistance from product documentation, support, or colleagues. The exam is available in English now and can be taken worldwide.

In addition to the need-to-know basics of Qiskit, developers would also need to show their knowledge about the basics of quantum computing in general. When as a developer you’re familiar with Bloch spheres, you’re probably ready to take the certification exam. The exam is provided through the Pearson VUE platform.

Quantum Computers, Qiskit

IBM has incorporated many of its existing tools into Qiskit. Working with tools at the circuit level would be quite similar to writing in C. Tools at the application level.

Currently, quantum computers are only capable of performing relatively simple tasks. However, experts expect the technology to eventually become advanced enough to tackle calculations which can’t be handled by even the most sophisticated supercomputers as we know them to date. IBM has planned to release a quantum computer of more than 1,000 qubits by the end of 2023, so relatively soon.