[BSDCert] steps to become a bsd training center
evan at telly.org
Thu Sep 1 09:17:16 EDT 2005
The issue of "accredited training centres" is certainly an important
one. It can have a great effect on the popularity of the certification
program as well as revenue to the certification organization. But it is
complex and has many challenges.
> institutions should be certified by government or other organization.
> 1 - Why should Government be involved if they hardly know which is the
> right choice for technology and they are usually ruled by principles
> that are either corrupt or idealogically wrong? The only Organization
> involved should be the BSD Certification Group.
The best that could (and should) be desired is that governments endorse
the BSD-CG (or whatever its corporate entity is named) as an accepted
national standard. Pablo is right that governments may not always make
the best technology choices but they can accredit organizations which do.
Any certification is essentially the setting of a standard, and the
success of the certification is tightly bound to public acceptance and
_trust_ of that standard. The level of trust is governed by a number of
- The respectability and accountability of the governing body
- The process used to determine the objectives
- The perceived levels of security and corruptibility in delivery (is it
too easy to cheat?)
- The amount and (process for accepting) public input
- Endorsements from other respected organizations
IF the goal of the BSD-CG is to create a program that is recognized and
understood outside its community (for instance, by HR and IT managers
not familiar with BSD but who need to hire skilled practitioners), then
the above factors become important.
In IT, certification is not undertaken as a badge of honor. To most
people being tested, the cost of certification (and associated training)
is a career investment, and the end result must have a practical payoff
-- will being certified provide better access to jobs than not being
certified? If the answer is 'no', then the certification will not
survive no matter how well designed or well meaning.
To be certain, the value of certification in IT is itself frequently
under attack. The cause of this attack is the commercialization of most
IT certifications, even in some cases by non-profit groups (the CompTIA
family of A+, Server+, whatever+ comes to mind). A recent taste of this
debate can be found at Slashdot:
Back to the main subject:
Anyone can be a "BSD Training Centre", even today, unless someone tries
to assert "BSD" as a trademark, and I don't think it (the three letters
"BSD" alone) is trademarked. And such efforts would be country-specific,
unlike copyrights there are no international conventions on trademarks.
But i digress...
The issue is not "how to be a BSD training centre" but really "how will
the BSD-CG endorse training centres". This is a very complex issue, will
be different from country to country, and has a potential of being a
very big money maker, a way to expand the certification, and an easy way
to get sued.
Who trains the trainer? Who sets the standard for the trainer (beyond
certifying their BSD knowledge, which is supposedly being done anyway).
Who provides "approved" course materials? Who sets and enforces any
codes of conduct? Who helps to publicize and support training centres
that receive the endorsement? And how are academic institutions handled
different from commercial training centres? Most importantly, who pays
for all this infrastructure?
This issue is almost 100% removed from the actual task of making an
actual certification. It requires different skills and is very much a
business issue more than an educational one. Having said that, it can be
(and usually is) an integral and necessary part of popularizing the program.
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