[consulting] Drupal Certification

Cary Gordon listuser at chillco.com
Fri Aug 7 20:27:38 UTC 2009

Well then, go for it. Do not, however, expect the Drupal Association to
endorse or franchise it. I think that there is little enthusiasm for
becoming involved in this among either the General Assembly or the Board.
Cary Gordon
Drupal Association Board Member

On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 11:27 AM, Domenic Santangelo
<domenic at workhabit.com>wrote:

> Brian Vuyk wrote:
>> I tend to think a Drupal certification would be a bad thing as well.
>>  1. Clients being what they are, if a certification becomes somewhat
>>     common, it will become much more difficult to get freelancing work
>>     without it.
>>  2. For that matter, every IT / tech recruiter posting a job
>>     description on any job sites will now require it.
>>  3. Certificate exam would need to be retaken every time a new version
>>     of Drupal comes out.
>>  4. Unless cost is very low, this is an added barrier to entry for
>>     small shops and freelancers.
> All valid points. Here's the thing: I believe that a Drupal certification
> in some form is inevitable, whether tomorrow or in 5 years. We have the
> opportunity -now- to start it, guide it, and make it what we (as devs and
> consultants) think it should be, rather then retroactively trying to affect
> changes once some company or foundation builds it. There have been many good
> points in the thread about being company-centric rather than
> developer-centric, devaluing developer skill, etc -- we can mitigate most
> (all?) of these things if we take the reigns now, rather than trying to jump
> in once someone else does.
> One way I've thought about the implementation would be something like this:
> -Create a board consisting of sub-boards for (say) 4 core competencies
> within Drupal: Code, Theme implementation, Contribs, Theme creation quality
> and creativity.
> -Using that board, rate applicants on each competency. Many applicants will
> be 8/10 in code and 0/10 in theme creation and vice-versa. This allows each
> applicant to be graded on his or her strengths as well as weaknesses.
> Just a thought.
> -D
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Cary Gordon
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