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Help the Joomla Certification Program Come Alive! - A Call for Volunteers

Written by | Saturday, 01 December 2012 00:00 | Published in 2012 December
We are really excited that the Joomla community chose certification as one of the major areas to focus on in the recent survey. The Joomla certification program will be a key factor in furthering the growth, development and success of Joomla.
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Why is the Joomla certification program important?

The Joomla certification program will ensure the competence of Joomla professionals. Joomla certification exams will go beyond training by providing a documented measurement of knowledge. The Joomla certification program will establish a standard and play an important role in choosing a Joomla service provider or developing a qualified workforce. Joomla professionals, Joomla service users and employers will all benefit from the certification.

Step 1: A discovery phase

How can you help?

We are looking for volunteers to join the discovery phase. At the JWC, we have asked interested individuals to come forward and get involved in the work of creating this program. We now would also like to ask the wider community to get involved with this very exciting program. During the discovery phase we need a large variation of volunteers with different backgrounds and experience in areas like training, support, development, hiring, management etc.

Please apply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than December 15th, 2012.

In your application please provide information on:

  • your background
  • why you think you would be a good member to have on the team for the discovery phase.

Your application will be reviewed and if it is determined that your profile matches the need of the discovery phase we will contact you to discuss your possible involvement.

Description

To start the project "The Joomla Certification Program" we will define the areas to certify along with defining the skillsets required to get certified in the different areas during the discovery phase. The discovery phase is planned to start January 2nd and end February 15th, 2013.

Outcome

A document defining the areas to certify as well as the skill sets required for each area. When the discovery phase is over we will pass this document to the working groups. Then we have the same mindset to work towards for all working groups.

Step 2: Create working groups

How can you help?

We are looking for volunteers to apply to join the working groups to make the Joomla certification project successful. The community members that help out during the discovery phase are more than welcome apply to also join one of the working groups.

Please apply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 1st, 2012.

In your application please provide information on:

  • your background
  • what working group you would like to join
  • why you think you would be a good team member in prefered working group.

Your application will be reviewed and if it is determined that your profile matches the need of the working groups we will contact you to discuss your possible involvement.

Description

The working groups that are formed will initially start with creating the certification program as well as getting the tools for the prepare for the exams/tests like training and documentation.
When everything is launched the working groups will get feedback, adjust the exams/tests and tools when called for. They will also set up a process for how to adjust the exams/tests and tools for every new version of Joomla. It will be an ongoing process.

Team for Certification Program

  • Design the tests/exams or find a company to partner up with.
  • Set a plan on how the certification program should be marketed and communicated.
  • How to plan for internationalization of the program.

If you have a background in working with certification programs before, if worked with communications etc this could be a great working group for you.

Team for Certification Documentation

  • Identify how the current documentation and books available are supporting the certification areas.
  • Define if and how the documentation should be adjusted to be a great asset for those preparing for the certification tests/exams.
  • Working on getting the documentation in place.

If you have a background in working with producing documentations, writing books etc this could be a great working group for you.

Team for Certification Training

  • Identify the companies that conduct training on Joomla.
  • Find out what they need to get started conduct training on Joomla to prepare their participants to take the certification ie training materials and training for trainers.
  • Working on getting the need satisfied.

If you have a background in working with producing training materials, conduct trainings, organized train the trainer classes this could be a great working group for you.

Outcome

A Joomla Certification Program to be launched during 2013.

OSM team members currently working on the Joomla certification program

Leonel Canton
Sarah Watz
Ofer Cohen

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Sarah Watz

Sarah Watz

Sarah is the President of Open Source Matters and has been on the OSM board since October 2012. Sarah was the president of Joomla! User Association Sweden during 2009-2012 and the project manager for Joomla! Day Sweden 2012. Sarah has been working on the project to make the Joomla Certification come to life during 2013-2014.

Sarah Watz has been working with marketing, communication and sales for 20 years. Sarah's passion is to provide great business value in the projects she is involved with.

As the passionated Joomla! evangelist Sarah is she runs the web agency PIXPRO delivering Joomla CMS web solutions and runs PIXPRO LABS (providing the popular extension PixSearch).

Sarah has held sessions on Joomla World Conferences, J! and Beyonds and Joomla! Days in Sweden, South Africa, Spain and Russia.