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

Carlos Santana csantanad at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 22:01:12 CEST 2019

Hello there

I have been for many years outspoken about the fact that certifications
should be extremely more widely available than they are right now

Like any other certification from CCNA to brain surgeon, the important
thing it to licence to institutions, not individuals, it is then the
institutions turn to uphold the quality of the certifiable persons
acumen in the field.

Under this scheme, Blender foundation remains the sole giver of
certifications, but it does so to accredited institutes and universities,
not individuals.

I have already gone all the way to Amsterdam and talked with a few of the
people involved in the main teachers effort, and have already laid out a
plan of action to implement such a scheme in the light of the actual
CG-FX-Studio interest in the talent Blender attracts.

I could turn this into a solid certification path that is direly required
in order to keep lowering barrier for the large scale adoption of blender
in the other visual fields not related to the entertainment industry.

In turn the entertainment industry sure wold love it if we gave them some
tools to remove the guesswork out of hiring Blender bound talent.

There is an alternative, are there people willing to accept it has been my
question in the last 7 or so years


On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 1:07 PM Chris Mcfall <chris at unitedfilmdom.com>

> 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
>> DNP, RN
>> 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-
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Ton Roosendaal - ton at blender.org - www.blender.org
>> Chairman Blender Foundation, Director Blender Institute
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