BSD Certification Group's "BSD Associate" (BSDA) certification goes gold
After quite some time with little on the outside but lots of busy
action on the inside, the
BSD Certification Group's
BSD Associate (BSDA) certification
The BSD Associate certification marks the entry level for professional,
community-based BSD certification, and work will continue to offer a
certification for BSD Professionals (BSDP) next.
What was all the work that took so much time? First we spent time identifying
to test in the certification. Based on that, a number of questions were
selected for asserting candidates' proficiency in the named topic. To
ensure that questions are well-balanced, a beta test period was done in
which the test was given to one hundred individuals at events all over
the world. Data gathered during the beta period included results on the
questions, and also what people thought of the questions - if they were
too easy, too hard, not clearly worded, etc. This feedback helped us to
apply psychometric analysis on the beta exam, and improve it to match
At this point no official study guide is available. Subject Matter Experts
(SMEs) from the BSD Certification Group are
under an NDA
not to disclose
any information about the contents of the certification, as such it is
left to outside parties to provide such training material.
Material that is available right now includes
the list of objectives of the certification
BSDA command reference.
There's also a start of a
wiki project that aims at providing a BSDA study guide,
which may be happy about volunteer contributors.
If you're interested in taking the exam, be prepared to shell out
$75US. The exam will be offered at various events,
registration is open.
Dru Lavigne's blog posting
for further details.
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