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Re: Perl Certification revisited

by cdarke (Prior)
on Oct 02, 2007 at 12:42 UTC ( #642089=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl Certification revisited

I have been trying to get this restarted as well, but there are issues. It seems that employers like certifications: it makes life easier. You could argue that employers can do their research and look in CPAN (or even perlmonks), but an over-worked, non-technical HR department will not.
As you can see from the posts here, there is a large body of opinion against certifications in the community. Certification would be meaningless without the community's backing. In my opinion the only people with the necessary respect to run such a scheme would be the Perl Foundation. I sent an email a few months ago to several TPF worthies, but replies there were none.
One reason they might not be interested is the legal aspect. Saying that someone has skills to a certain level is open to litigation should that not be the case. This has been a show-stopper to several certification schemes.
Some have mentioned that TPF's charitable status would be compromised, but I don't see that, in that it should be self-financing.
Anyways, good luck vroom.

Update: TPF has been in touch to resolve the lost emails, thanks to this posting.

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Re^2: Perl Certification revisited
by Jenda (Abbot) on Oct 07, 2007 at 10:33 UTC

    If HR departments stopped bothering the employees with pointless semi-annual multipage selfassl!cking forms and boasting colorfull company brochures that no one reads, they'd have plenty of time to learn something about the field they are hiring for and find the qualified people. Maybe they think, the more employees' time they waste, the more important they seem to be.

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