I don't know the context James Bach talk about certifications. I don't know too much about cerfitication programs, but... anyway I consider there are some weak points in his comments:
- I don't think that certifications should be skills based only. The examples the author gave, about pilots and doctors are far from the idea of skills based certifications. If for the pilots the skills are a must for training and certifications that is not true for doctors, where most of education and certification is based on knowledge, not on skills. I have many friends and relatives in this field, to know what I'm talking about.
Back to the pilots. If skills are needed in order to join them, and these skills are continuously developed, a lot of knowledge are required for certifications.
My point is that certifications based only on skills will not be better that actual certifications. Knowledge is always needed. Skills without knowledge are useless. I'm sure that James Bach would agree, but, if I understood correctly, his point is that CERTIFICATIONS should asses the skills, not the knowledge.
I'm not a big fan of certifications. I don't think that certifications only could show the profesional level of a specialist. The positive side of certification, I consider to be the knowledge acumulated during the preparation, the desire for profesional development, as an opportunity to test your knowledge (or skills) against others and against expected results (which you may agree or not) but nothing more than that.
To quote once again James Bach, "I expect to see more attacks on my point of view, and I expect to write more attacks against the other side". Joking. I wanted only to post my personal opinion. I will attack nobody.
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