The traditional view of the developer or system administrator is that of a nerd. A complete geek with no social skills whatsoever (Big Bang Theory anyone?) But those of you who have a successful career in IT understand that even though we work with technology, we also work with people. We have deadlines to meet, we have priorities to balance, we have new staff to train, we have users with requirements.
I am a big believer in the value of certification. I think it is well worth the effort to become Microsoft certified in the technologies you use. But that is a blog for another day. Microsoft Certifications test your technical skills. If you are a hiring manager, you want to hire someone with a combination of technical and business or soft skills. This has generated demand from the industry for a certification that demonstrates business skills. How do you know an applicant has the necessary business skills for the role. Enter I-ADVANCE Certification! The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has developed certifications that validate your business skills for different IT roles. There are six professional designations you can earn:
In order to offer certification, you need some form of validation that an individual has the necessary skills. ICTC has developed a set of multiple choice exams for each designation with questions to test your knowledge of the competencies. Competencies might include decision making, risk management, business analysis, analytical thinking, or planning and organizing.
Here’s the really good news! They are ready to beta test the I-ADVANCE certification exams and they are looking for subject matter experts (ie YOU!) to do the beta testing. The results of the beta testing will be used to establish the cut score for the exams. Beta testers will take an online exam for one of the six I-ADVANCE designations in order to test the test items difficulty and quality. The time commitment is two and a half hours. Based on the results of this exam, beta testers can receive one-year certification, once the cut-score has been determined and the I-ADVANCE program becomes operational. A great opportunity for you to help ensure the quality of this new certification and possibly earn a new certification in the process.
To register contact Gesine Freund at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I've got an error when I tried send email to email@example.com:
Thanks Sergey! I have corrected the e-mail address in the blog itself, and here is the correct address firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking it was a good idea as well; we talked with ICTC and are sponsoring exam sessions at Drummondville / Quebec. It is a small town between Montreal and Quebec, but we already have over 15 registrations!
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The I-Advance program has the right intentions, however to bring measurable results to organizations it should align with Canada's NRC Center of Excellence for Advance Learning Technologies' (CEALT in Fredericton, NB) learning methodology where objective measurable competencies are defined with criterion for proficiency and a method for subject matter experts to ensure individual competence in not only theory but what the individual must do in application of the theory (task)...as unapplied theory is activity based and not beneficial to performance.
Great to hear that you got so many registrations in Drummondville. I have spoken with two developers who took the beta exams so far. At least one is interested in taking an additional exam when they go live.
Certifications certainly have more value when they complement rather than compete with other initiatives and programs.If you are involved with the CEALT program you could touch base with the program coordinators for this iniative at email@example.com