[consulting] Drupal Certification

Jeff Greenberg jeff at ayendesigns.com
Tue Aug 11 23:05:25 UTC 2009

Well, again, certification exams, including nursing, prove that you know 
what you need to know. It doesn't prove that you're any good at putting 
it to use. Having a nurse's certification means that you have the 
minimal knowledge they feel is necessary. It doesn't mean you'll perform 
well in an ER. Hiring a nurse who does NOT have the minimal knowledge 
would certainly be foolhardy, probably cost you your insurance, and 
besides, I don't think you can get licensed as a nurse without the 
degree or certification.

So with development, even though I give a nod to the fact that sooner or 
later there will be Drupal certification, I again question the value. 
You can assure a minimal amount of knowledge. Unlike being in the middle 
of a nursing day, a developer could easily look up the information, if 
ever needed, from the exam.

I guess I'm saying that the difference between a low score and a high 
score on a certification exam for a software person is academic, and 
really doesn't speak to whether they can deal with clients, their specs, 
digesting their business need, or turning out a function let alone an 
app or site.

Evan Leibovitch wrote:

> Anyone who is interested in such models is strongly advised to visit the
> National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), to which the ANA
> and scores of other publicly-trusted certifying bodies belong , mainly
> in the medical and scientific fields. (It was a source of personal pride
> that LPI was the only IT certification to have ever passed NOCA's
> stringent NCCA criteria for certification bodies)

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