PayPal announced the opening of its certification program for Australian developers yesterday, making Australia the first country outside of the US to offer certification.

A developer portal with all the documentation bells and whistles was launched in concert with the announcement, and currently contains sample code, forums and technical libraries for the 20 APIs.

Free developer days will be held between 20-24 July across the country by the company, with attendees picking up a voucher for certification, which would normally cost US$300. A free voucher is not a free laptop, but why look a gift horse in the mouth?