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[20120128] BSD Certification and the lack of training material - a call for participation! (Updated)
As you are aware, there's a BSD Associate Certification available from the BSD Certification group (that I'm a member of, working as subject matter expert for NetBSD). That's good!

There's also is a PDF which lists the BSD Associate (BSDA) examn objectives on 57 pages. That's neccessary!

There is currently no training material available that covers all the examn objectives, and that allows people interested in the certification to start learning. That sucks!

Now that's where I'd like to ask the NetBSD (and actually the whole BSD community) for support: This is not a small task, but I think it would be worthwhile for the whole community to have that available, either in closed (paper/book) or in public (electronic) form.

Any takers?

Update: Jeremy Reed reminds me that he has startet a Wiki-based approach to cover all topics of the BSDA, with the eventual goal to publish the result in book form. There is a Wiki-to-PDF transformation engine already in place, and the primary focus can be put on the contents at this point. So, this is the point where YOU come in. Have a look, get involved, participate in a novel project!

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[20111208] BSDTalk Interview: Jim Brown on BSD Certification
Dru mentioned on Facebook that BSD Talk #209 is out, this time with Jim Brown, one of the key people behind the BSD certification.

BSD Certification covers NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and DragonflyBSD, and has the goal to offer certification about BSD specific tasks in both Associate and Professional levels.

Based on my personal, most recent experience, certification is a good thing as you can show that you have a full grasp on a topic with all the relevant topics, and that you didn't only learn the few things that are relevant for your current job. Get certified!

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[20100901] BSD Professional (BSDP) Certification Exam Objectives published
In its mission to create certifications for BSD Un*x systems, the BSD Certification Group has now published the "BSD Professional" (BSDP) certification exam objectives:

`` The 78 page document outlines 11 knowledge domains, each containing a number of objectives, that form the basis of the certification. The document, a collaborative effort by members of the BSD community, is a followup effort to the BSDP Job Task Analysis report published earlier this year.

"The BSDP Certification Requirements Document provides a comprehensive set of objectives that a BSD Professional should master, ranging from general system administration to advanced security and system maintenance," said Babak Farrokhi, a seasoned BSD administrator and author of 'Network Administration with FreeBSD 7'.

Set to launch in 2011, the BSD Professional certification exam has been in development for over two years. Since the launch of the BSD Associate exam in 2008, there has been a continual effort to put together a certification for the next level of achievement for BSD system administrators.

"The BSD Professional certification is aimed at assessing practical skills of senior level BSD system administrators," said Jim Brown, BSDCG board member. "With the publication of these objectives, the BSD Certification Group is aiming to produce a high quality certification, giving the computing industry a new standard for excellence in system administration."

The BSDP Requirements document is available as a downloadable PDF in English''

The publication of the BSDP exam objectives is the next step after the BSD Associate (BSDA) certification exam objectives were published in 2005, which was then followed by quite a number of successful BSDA certifications. See the BSD Certification group's website for more details!

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