“My Thoughts on Certification (and some related topics)” from an Old Blog

  1. a declaration by some individual, group, organization (i.e., the certifier) that
  2. some other individual, group, organizations possesses/has demonstrated some
  3. quality, characteristic, knowledge, ability, skill, or combination of these.
  1. the certification criteria are public and easy to understand (at least by those familiar with the scope of the certification);
  2. the certifier states and can demonstrate how they verify that the criteria have been met;
  3. those certified are recognized as actually possessing the quality, characteristic, knowledge, ability, skill, or combination covered by the certification.
  1. Evidence of some (a) training such as industry courses or formal school classes, (b) educational degree based on some curriculum of classes/ having been met, and/or © experience gained, often under supervision of already certified individuals.
  2. Examination/testing independent of that associated with educational achievement since people in most fields can get the educational credentialing from many sources. Developing (and maintaining) these takes substantial time and effort.
  3. Possible observational input from existing, certified holders of the certification based on the applicant. Not all certifications do this; however, most “professional” ones do.
  1. How is training, education and/or experience to be verified? Copies of certificates of class attendance? School Transcripts? Letters from institutions?
  2. What pass/fail rate will exams have? Must 100% of all answers, results, etc. be “right” or is some, less than, 100% rate okay? And what is the correct <100%>
  3. What kind of “objectivity” can be brought to bear on observational input? Multiple inputs rather than just one observer’s? Indeed, can this be (and do we want) purely “objective” input for this criterion? Is any input beyond the body of knowledge relevant for observational input?

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