[consulting] Drupal Certification (was: General consultant's vent)

Tom Geller tom at tomgeller.com
Fri Aug 7 05:22:40 UTC 2009

This subject comes up frequently. I know that Acquia was considering  
preparation of a certification system ("Yellow Jersey"), but it's  
always been low among their priorities.

Something on this subject became the most-commented post on my blog:


Then in a post shortly after that, I suggested that Drupal Association  
would be the appropriate body to run a certification program:


I wrote, "[DA could] fulfill functions best served by a non-profit  
authority. While I find commercial interest in Drupal exciting and  
encouraging, some functions -- such as certification and trademark  
protection -- are best served by a neutral party with interests beyond  
the purely financial. Drupal Association is that authority."

DA never expressed an interest in that -- which is fine, and their  
right. I'm among those who questions the value of such things... but  
still think it would be great to try. Alas, nobody's taking the lead.  
Uncertainly over the Drupal trademark IMHO also discourages anyone  
from claiming that leadership role.

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