RE: Certification program? (Take II)

Subject: RE: Certification program? (Take II)
From: "Miller, Alan" <Alan -dot- Miller -at- prometric -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 10:42:31 -0400

Guys, let's not confuse certifications with licenses. MCSEs, CNEs, and the like are certified (i.e., they have completed some prescribed course of instruction/study and passed the necessary examinations). Physicians, Lawyers, Engineers, Nuclear Operators, Nurses, Stock Brokers, Realitors, and others are licensed by some legal authority (the state or the feds). The requirements for a license are set by law, those for certification by anyone who wishes to sponsor the certification.

The requirements for licensure vary from license to license and to some degree, state to state. I can speak to Reactor Operator and Senior Reactor Operator (supervisory) licenses, since these are most familiar to me. Each requires a comprehensive written examination (8-16 hours, depending on the actual license one is seeking), a comprehensive oral examination (2-4 hours), a comprehensive performance examination (2-4 hours), minimum formal training or education in the specialty, minimum experience on the job with proof of performance of specialized tasks, a physical examination, and written certification from a licensed supervisor that the candidate is competent to hold a license. These are set by law.

Now compare this to the typical certification program.

Now, class, can anyone tell us why the difference?

Al Miller
"Chief Documentation Curmudgeon"
Prometric, a part of The Thomson Corporation
Baltimore, Maryland

The difference between “involvement” and “commitment” is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was “involved” - the pig was “committed.”
-- unknown


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