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Re: Certification Available +Pronounce

From: Chris Travers <chris(at)travelamericas(dot)com>
To: Tino Wildenhain <tino(at)wildenhain(dot)de>
Cc: Chris Travers <chris(at)travelamericas(dot)com>,David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, Robert Cleary <robert(dot)cleary(at)ul(dot)ie>,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Certification Available +Pronounce
Date: 2005-08-25 16:36:23
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Tino Wildenhain wrote:

> I think the chances here are to make at least one postgres based
> certification which is really about sane database design - e.g.
> can be applied on many other rdbms. This includes detection
> of steps to improve queries by reading the explain output for example.
> This means you need a practizing kind of process and not the
> simple multiple choice (most test vendors go practice tests
> these days). The other problem is the international trustworthy
> hosting of these tests.
If I were trying to design a certification, I would do so in the 
following way:

Section 1 is multiple choice, say 100 questions, and one must answer 80 
of them right to qualify for the second stage.  This is just a screening 
stage.  The idea is simply that you want to weed out the people who 
don't know the basics from even trying on the more expensive/labor 
intensive stage.

Section 2 would give you a complicated specification and maybe a blank 
database or a tool like DIA and ask you to design a database to the 
specification.    This is then graded perhaps by the company which 
designed the certification and the candidate is either awarded or denied 
the certification on this basis.  I would have the questions change 
frequently here  and try to make the specification complex enough to 
prevent simple memorization.

> So first we would need an agreeement among a group of individuals,
> forming an organisation which is the authority of the certs and
> watches the fulfillment of all requirements and can actually revoke
> certifications.
Sure, and we can call it the X509 Certification Authority :-)  Just 

Really the best certification IMO is actually having a tangible open 
source project one has built.  But that is not from the corporate 
entity's perspective.

Best Wishes,
Chris Travers
Metatron Technology Consulting

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