[BSDcert] Ideas on Certifications
ceri at submonkey.net
Tue Mar 15 18:38:04 EST 2005
On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 06:29:20PM -0500, Jim Brown wrote:
> * Ceri Davies <ceri at submonkey.net> [2005-03-15 18:17]:
> > On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 05:50:11PM -0500, Jim Brown wrote:
> > > * Ceri Davies <ceri at submonkey.net> [2005-03-15 16:54]:
> > > > [replying to a reply here as I just subscribed and don't have the original]
> > > >
> > > > > On Tue, Mar 15, 2005 at 03:50:35PM -0500, Jim Brown wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Also-
> > > > > > If you got a BSD certification how long do you think it should last?
> > > >
> > > > This really depends on what the certification will be based on.
> > > >
> > > > It makes perfect sense for a Solaris certification to last forever
> > > > because it's a certification for Solaris 8 or Solaris 9, which isn't
> > > > going to change again (patch releases aside).
> > > >
> > > > However, basing a BSD certification on FooBSD X.Y doesn't seem to make
> > > > sense, and it's not possible to base it on releases as OpenBSD is the
> > > > only one of the four with a proven committed schedule.
> > >
> > > True, but I wouldn't want to bet that a certified FreeBSD admin (3.x)
> > > could handle a FreeBSD 5.3 box. At least without a lot of prep.
> > > Lots of changes there.
> > Certainly; I didn't mean to imply that, but I can see why you'd think I
> > did. The point that I had meant to make was that there is no real way
> > to decide on the length of validity of a certification without knowing
> > what that certification is based on, so it's premature to decide that
> > issue.
> Ah- understood and agreed. We're just getting started on all of that.
> Do you have any thoughts on objectives for a curriculum?
Nothing lucid at the moment; I just saw the announcement a couple of hours
ago so I want to catch up on the list archives, chat to some colleagues, etc..
A question though: is the general feeling that this should be lab-based
or Q&A based? Lab based is going to be expensive and as a result will
potentially restrict the audience (not to mention number of test sites),
while a Q&A based exam is probably going to need to run on Windows if we
want the likes of VUE/Prometric to run it.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm
not sure about the former. -- Einstein (attrib.)
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