[Linux-aus] question without notice
bpa at iss.net.au
Fri Nov 9 18:18:00 EST 2012
On 09/11/12 17:23, Mike Carden wrote:
> What does "Professional Certification" mean to you in this context? Are
> you referring to University degrees? Industry certs like CCNA, MCSE or
> LPI? Membership of professional associations like IEEE or ACS?
I am seeking a discussion on what it means to you rather than to me Mike.
I realise from the discussion so far that I may need to clarify what I
It's really about how the FOSS practitioner can establish their bona
fides to the marketplace.
I was just looking at the Red Hat Certified Engineer blurb at
http://au.redhat.com/training/certifications/rhce/ and in particular the
benefits to holding the RHCE which they say are:
Benefits to earning a Red Hat certification:
Recognition in the industry
Increased customer confidence
Proof of knowledge and skills
Certification verification tool for employers
Use of the certification logo on business cards
Ability to access multiple Red Hat Certificated Professional online
communities (like Facebook and LinkedIn)
... and other things which are not relevant to this discussion.
And that's for those who choose a Red Hat path, so I am simply saying
what in general, non brand specific, would a professional practitioner
need in order to establish their bona fides to any company they wanted
to work for, for any client whose business they are touting for or for
potential colleagues they might want to impress or work with.
I note that wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional
The main criteria for professionals include the following:
Expert and specialized knowledge in field which one is practicing
Excellent manual/practical and literary skills in relation to
High quality work in (examples): creations, products, services,
presentations, consultancy, primary/other research, administrative,
marketing, photography or other work endeavours.
A high standard of professional ethics, behaviour and work
activities while carrying out one's profession (as an employee,
self-employed person, career, enterprise, business, company, or
partnership/associate/colleague, etc.). The professional owes a higher
duty to a client, often a privilege of confidentiality, as well as a
duty not to abandon the client just because he or she may not be able to
pay or remunerate the professional. Often the professional is required
to put the interest of the client ahead of his own interests.
Reasonable work morale and motivation. Having interest and desire
to do a job well as holding positive attitude towards the profession are
important elements in attaining a high level of professionalism.
Appropriate treatment of relationships with colleagues.
Consideration should be shown to elderly, junior or inexperienced
colleagues, as well as those with special needs. An example must be set
to perpetuate the attitude of one's business without doing it harm.
A professional is an expert who is a master in a specific field.
How close is that definition to being the criteria that we could use to
judge a FOSS practitioner? What's missing? What's irrelevant? How would
sole traders demonstrate some of the ones lower down on the list, if
that was thought necessary?
Does this help clarify?
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