RE: certification

Subject: RE: certification
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 08:51:04 -0400

> Someone does have to do the work of establishing,
> administering, and paying
> for it. I'm reluctant to pay for something that I consider
> to be of dubious
> value - am I alone in that? As is my employer - how does it

Greg...I've seen administering done by organizations that are associated
with, but separate from the trade association. An example being Institute of
Certified Records Managers being associated with the Association for Records
Managers and Administrators. In this way, costs are separate and supported
only by those who wish to be credentialed. The money from this support comes
from exam fees, membership fees, publications, etc. If you don't want to be
credentialed, then you can continue to do what you do with no cost

> value - am I alone in that? As is my employer - how does it
> help them? They know my capabilities, and knock on wood,
> they like them. Why should they pay for something that would
> be of no value to them, and that would be of value to me only
> in leaving them?

There is no employer cost involved and if both you and they agree that it
has nothing to do with your situation, then you can completely ignore that
credentialing exists.

> too easy for employers to specify tool proficiency now, it
> would be too easy for tool vendors to step into the certification
> role.

IF it happens, it's because it's a distinction based on professional skills
instead of tools skills, and isn't that what we are crying about anyway?
That hiring is not based on skill and ability, but on tool?
may not happen as much as you think because those with the accred are going
to be asking for a rate premium and they're not paying it now, so why should
they pay for it then...EXCEPT if they see an actual value for it.

Yes, it may prompt some people in the profession to increase their skill-set
to remain competitive with those who can now prove they have the skills by a
quantifiable means, but is that bad?

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer
jposada -at- book -dot- com
NY: 212-414-6656
Dayton: 732-438-3372
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---------- Donkey

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