August 26, 2005

BSD Certification Group releases Roadmap

Jeremy C. Reed writes "August 25, 2005 -- The BSD Certification Group announced on Thursday
the release of their certification program roadmap. This publication
introduces the Group's planned BSD system administrator certifications
and the construction of the certification program.

"The roadmap grew out of the responses we received to the Task
Analysis Survey published in July 2005," said Jim Brown, BSD
Certification Group member. "The responses and comments we received
in that project helped clarify what the community thought was
important about a BSD certification program."

The roadmap discusses the target audience and the objectives of the
methodology subgroups. It also includes the estimated time frames
for the certification program development.

The BSD Certification Group has decided that the associate level
certification, followed by the professional level certification,
will be rolled out in 2006. The associate certification targets
those with light to moderate skills in system administration and
maps to the Junior SAGE Job Description. The professional level
certification is for those with stronger skills in BSD system usage
and administration and maps to the Intermediate/Advanced SAGE Job

"If you've used BSD for a while, or you have experience in
other Unix platforms, the associate certification will likely appeal
to you," said Brown. "If you've used BSD for many years and have
a strong understanding of your BSD system, the professional
certification might be more appealing to you."

The test activation goal for the associate level certification is
April 5, 2006.

"We encourage the entire BSD community to read the roadmap carefully and to
contribute their input and expertise towards the tasks that lay ahead," said
Dru Lavigne, chair of the BSD Certification Group.

The Certification Roadmap is available at ficationRoadmap.pdf.

About the BSD Certification Group

The BSD Certification Group is comprised of educators, writers and
sysadmins who are well versed in and passionate about BSD systems.
The group was formed in January 2005 to create a BSD certification
program that is recognized as the industry standard for certifying
both the knowledge and the ability to perform administrative tasks
on BSD systems. The BSD Certification Group website is at"


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