I participated in a webinar on CompTIA’s certificate for online trainers.Â I hadn’t heard of the CompTIA CTT+ before (that’s “certified technical trainer”) but they probably hadn’t heard of me, so we were even.Â All I’d done was enroll for the session as part of preparing for a project that will involve training and evaluating instructors.
I’m of two minds about certificates, credentials, what-have-you.Â On the one hand, in an ideal world you’d like a way of determining that those who provide some service or carry out some task have the competence to do so.Â Yet few of us look much past a certificate once it’s in place.
I’m similarly ambivalent about ISPI’s certified performance technologist status, though I am a CPT; you have to renew every three years, and I can’t decide what the benefit would be, other than retroactively justifying the initial fee and the subsequent renewal.Â An odd way to approach professionalism.
It seems to me that in the corporate and organizational worlds, the number of such designations is exploding.Â I wonder if the field will turn into a clone of real estate or life insurance, where every other practitioner has a little flotilla of letters after his name.
(I’ve started noticing ads from real estate agents pointing out that they are certified distressed property experts. Where was all this expertise when the housing bubble was expanding?)
CompTIA is the Computer Technology Industry Association ( “the voice of the world’s $3 trillion information technology industry,” if they do say so themselves).Â Apparently they have developed a number of IT certification examps for things like networking, server technology, and RFID.Â The CTT+ certificate (which comes in two forms: “certified classroom training” and “certified virtual classroom trainer”) is based on performance-based exams — e.g., you take a written test, and then submit a recording of yourself conducting a virtual classroom (i.e., synchronous online) training session.
No tidy conclusion here — I’m hoping people might join in with their own thoughts on the value of certification (or, conversely, the value of having ways to assess competence in some area).
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