[Bf-education] Blender Certification - Pushing Forward

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sun Jun 10 10:33:37 CEST 2007

Hi Willem,

Let's keep things as simple as possible. A do-it-yourself printable  
"certificate" has absolutely no value. Anyone can copy these. The fact  
that you also propose to print on the certificate how to validate it  
online already shows the weak point of printing it in the first place.

Since we only validate people online, and only validate for short  
periods, the only certificate teachers will get is online too. You  
don't print this, you show it to people online. That is something we  
can control, and that is what your clients can trust and validate  
simply too.

What you can do is design a link-button for the certificate, going to  
the blender.org website. You then can add that to your site.


On 10 Jun, 2007, at 10:13, willem at 3danimationnetwork.com wrote:

> Hi Jason
>> Regarding a designed certificate... I was pretty sure we'd opted not  
>> to
>> go that direction.  The 'certificate' is having your name listed as a
>> certified trainer on blender.org.  Besides, if we can avoid the cost  
>> of
>> printing, signing, and mailing certificates, I think that would be a  
>> good
>> thing.  Granted, it's nice to have that piece of paper in your hand,  
>> but
>> perhaps that's a topic we can re-visit in a year after we get this  
>> off of
>> the ground.
> Regarding the certificate. Why not on this stage do the certificate as
> .pdf and just e-mail it to the respective trainers. This way it is easy
> for you guy's and cheaper for the foundation. There will be a reference
> number on the certificate that will corospond to the BFCT trainer  
> number
> on the web and this way we can verfy that the certifcate is real.
> For the rest of the points I agree. Let me kno if we can proceed with  
> the
> disign of the template and also in what format it must be. Also let me
> know what points must be covered on the certificate and what logo's.
> Gegards Willem
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