[thelist] Certification

arch mayday1999 at zdnetonebox.com
Fri Mar 23 14:01:35 CST 2001

Hi evolters:

It was interesting to hear your opinion on Brainbench tests. Actually,
I was just thinking out loud on web development certifications rather
than network/db and checking if these Brainbench test results have any
impact on clients/employers...

Dunno... I am not pretending to be some Photoshop guru or something but
I've been using it for 6 or 7 years and the last book on Photoshop I
read was on v.3... But, anyway, the test was free and I got overconfident
and jumped in for the test :-) Don't tell anyone but I failed by 7 points
or so... It was interesting that some of the questions were really tricky
(if, not to say, impossible to answer unless you read very specific books
that they recommended for the test).

Anyway, I don't know what makes web developers and designers certified
to do their work - industry certifications, awards or work that they
do... Kinda tricky too because there are no well-established web designers
certifications, awards don't matter (read zeldman's writings at http://www.zeldman.com/awards.html)
and web work is getting obsolete in 2 months :-)

Just thinking out loud on a Happy Friday,


::: Arthur Chidlovski :::
Digital Me-Mix in the Browser

Original Responses:

---- scott.brady at homeqonline.com:

brainbench ... doesn't test your creativity or design skills. It's
testing your knowledge and aptitude... Now, whether you feel the certification
tests adequately measures youraptitude
is another thing altogether.

---- trb at cartoonviolence.net:

It's a joke. I got the Photoshop 5.5 certification and... I took a bunch
of them when they were all free. It was kinda fun. I'd never put them
on a resume, though (although maybe I should. Resumes don't get much
thinner than mine ;\).

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