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

Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg Alex at ZivTech.com
Mon Aug 10 15:56:53 UTC 2009

I'm not conflating anything, and if you look back at the thread you'll see
that I'm not advocating (at least not strongly) for a certification program.
I think what we need is a "guild" (or "guilds") or union of sorts, that can
define what it means to be a "Master" at Drupal development (a la 'Master
Plubmer') and provide the framework for becoming one.

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On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 11:33 AM, Bill Fitzgerald <bill at funnymonkey.com>
> RE:
> > And I don't know which marketplace you've been
> > talking to, but the ones I talk to think there needs
> > to be a better way to show that a firm/individual
> > is a Professional Drupal Developer/Development Shop.
> Every person who spends a penny on anything would like a better way of
ensuring that they aren't wasting their money. To conflate this very human
tendency with the need for a Certification System misses the point: part of
our job is to help people understand exactly what they are getting with
their investment (and as I see it, a client "buys" access to expertise,
which will save them time in the short run and increase efficiency in the
long run).
> In my past life (aka, before I became a Drupal geek) I spent far too much
time working around people who had excellent paper credentials but lacked
practical skills. These credentials ranged from tech certifications to PhDs
-- none of these are guarantees that the person holding them knows
*anything* about *anything*. One of the elements about the Drupal community
that is refreshing is the complete lack of reliance on these artificial
> Cheers,
> Bill
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