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From: Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
To: Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL Certified Engineer program ...
Date: 2012-04-17 08:06:52
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On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 4:38 AM, Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> wrote:
> On 04/16/2012 01:01 PM, Ashish Nauriyal wrote:
>>
>> Right ! Details are here:
>>
>> http://enterprisedb.com/products-services-training/certification/postgresql-associate-certification
>
>
> I object to the wording of this page.  You are titling this "PostgreSQL
> Certification".  It is not; it is properly described in later parts, as
> "Postgres Plus® Certification".  It's completely reasonable for you to offer
> a certification class to your database variation, which is fully branded
> with its own registered trademark and everything.  If all use of "PostgreSQL
> Certification" on this page were changed to "Postgres Plus® Certification",
> I'd consider this a completely reasonable product offering.
>
> The model where a vendor releasing a piece of software creates an official
> certification program for that software is well accepted in the industry.
>  But there is no vendor controlling the community PostgreSQL releases, by
> design.  That means there's also no vendor to create, grade, and certify
> exam procedures.  As it stands right now, you're claiming to offer
> something--PostgreSQL certification--that does not exist.

Numerous vendors over the years have offered PostgreSQL
certifications, including (for example), SRA. The project has always
taken the stance that that is perfectly acceptable, and in fact
benefits the community when done properly.

FYI, when not talking about PPAS, Postgres Plus is the name we tend to
give standard PostgreSQL + various add-ons that we package, QA and
distribute, the majority of which are freely available (such as Slony,
PostGIS, pgBouncer, pgMemcache, various drivers and more).

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