[Bf-education] Terminating the Certified Trainer program...

Chris Mcfall chris at unitedfilmdom.com
Mon Sep 23 20:07:05 CEST 2019

Personally i always found the blender certification gave clients,
particularly universities confidence in hiring me.

 In  a community like blenders where there are far more beginner level
users than experienced professionals (particularly ones capable of
imparting training in a digestible manner) a certification needs to exist,
or institutions looking for training are going to wind up disillusioned
hiring under-experienced users who misrepresent blenders capability’s and
this may negatively impact the uptake of institutions and pro studios.   As
someone who has taught blender at a number of prestigious universities,
schools, and professional institutions.  I believe a tier of quality
trainers for blender is invaluable. Perhaps charging for the certification
again and using that fee to manage pay for the infrastructure would be
worth while.

On Mon, 23 Sep 2019 at 18:32, Gossett, Evalyn J <egossett at iun.edu> wrote:

> Hello everyone
> Thank you for the update.
> I need training maybe not certification.
> Thank you
> Evalyn J. Gossett
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 23, 2019, at 12:04 PM, Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> The certified trainer program is dwindling and doesn't get much attention
> nor enthusiasm from trainers really.
> This email is to open the discussion on stopping with the certification
> program, and to provide an alternative.
> https://www.blender.org/certification/
> We installed the certification program in 2007 on popular request,
> provided that:
> - there would be a clear process in place to validate trainers
> - it would be managed well, preferably by trainers themselves.
> I always had mixed feelings about providing official certification. A
> certificate's value is fully determined by the quality of the validation
> procedure and to have a decent examination process. The process we had in
> place for validating trainers was very minimal.
> Yet we accepted to do this, because in 2007 many trainers said it would
> help them to get in business. Their clients or universities demanded that.
> Unfortunately that has been true for very few people only.
> Currently there are only 12 active certifications.
> I propose to stop with certification now. Not only because of lack of
> interest, lack of quality in the program, but especially because it does
> not support the Blender Foundation's goal - which is about supporting
> projects on blender.org related to making Blender.
> What I then rather do instead is to re-activate this mailing list, and
> discuss with educators what Blender Foundation can do to help everyone here
> better. For example with a section on blender.org where educators and
> trainers can meet and exchange useful information and share or download
> training material. The Blender Foundation could add also add staff efforts
> to coordinate this.
> I know this mailing list hasn't been very active. Hope the mail arrives,
> and I'm curious to read your reactions.
> Thanks,
> -Ton-
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