If you haven't seen it yet, there is a pretty good discussion on the Missing Certification based on an Editorial by Steve Jones. You can check out that discussion here.
The discussion had once upon been summarized into some talking points, and it is time once again to do that. This time we will summarize here, and try to direct the conversation from this new location. If you want to see the first summary, check out the blog on it here.
At this point we are discussing each of the bulleted items from that blog and determining how best to handle them.
Current items of discussion are a) Time in Service, b) Review Board, c) a new requirement to be added which is recertification / renewal.
A) Time in service is pretty close to being tabled. The idea is currently that the requirement be somewhat relaxed and that each candidate have 1.5 yr Database related experience. This topic could be discussed at greater length, depending on how the discussion goes with it. There is a vote currently on this topic based on the following criteria.
The candidate attests to a minimum of 18 months hands-on experience in SQL Server. Willfully misrepresenting (lying) about this is subject to a permanent revocation of this certification.
This does NOT mean an equivalent of 18 months of 8 hr days with hands-on experience; this means 18 months of any hands-on experience. This can be as a developer, DBA, or in BI (SSAS/SSIS/SSRS).
B) The Review Board discussion has just gotten under way. We hope to find a lot of input on this topic.
C) Recertification has come up during our discussions on the TIS. This has been discussed to some point. We will discuss further if need to in order to reach a consensus. Right now the gist revolves around an interview or exam to renew the certification. The certification should expire after some time, and people need to demonstrate continuing effort in this field to maintain current certification. However, if the cert lapses, the certification isn't necessarily revoked.
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