[nSLUG] Linux Certifications
draker at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 17:12:53 ADT 2010
On 14 April 2010 15:18, Adam Hartling <adam.hartling.ns at gmail.com> wrote:
> Putting aside all the specific issues with this exam or that exam, I feel
> there needs to be a more formal form of certification or accreditation of
> computer techs. IT people are handling the mission critical systems of the
> world now and that should require that those people be essentially licensed
> to do so. I think of how lawyers are required to pass bar exams to practice,
> I'd like to see something along those lines for IT related fields. If that
> doesn't exist in the exams and certs we have today, then perhaps it's time
> to create it. You wouldn't let a doctor or lawyer practice without some form
> of license because of the damage an unqualified person could do, why should
> a tech not be expected to prove their competency in the same way when they
> can have the power to potentially damage whole infrastructures through
Your arguments are very much "I feel there should be" opinions, which
is fine as far as they go, but what are the real-world problems you
are solving? I think that, as has already been mentioned, companies
already do a good job of weeding out inexperienced job candidates.
The difference with doctors and lawyers is that they take on new
clients all the time -- often individual people who have little choice
about engaging professional services, and who do not have the
expertise to judge a competent practitioner from a charlatan.
Sysadmins generally work for a company, not an individual.
Finally, I feel that a bureaucratic, top-down control of certification
for practice in sysadmining such as you are proposing is contrary to
the bottom-up, grassroots nature of the free software community.
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