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IPVM Certification Recognition To End Users And US Fed Access Control Certification

At my own risk, I will ask THE question. I can clearly see the value of the education itself. John you and I have spoken about how we started our own in-house IT training program. Much needed. I have no issues with your content and see the value on several levels. My question is really this. Will/do end users recognize the value of these certifications? It won't stop me from signing up, just asking an obvious question. Can we post the certifications on our website?

On a different note, the Feds passed a new requirement last week that any integrators working on access systems for the Government must have a new certification ( I forget the acronym right now), but it is only offered in DC, covers at least two days, and it is a little high priced. Do you see the day your certifications are given equal weight?

You can post that you are certified on your website / marketing materials.

I don't think most end users will know much about IPVM's certifications as they are relatively new and we have not marketed them much.

Our focus has been on building out the best material, rather than marketing it more broadly. However, we do need to market our certifications more so that the certifications are more valuable to our members. You will certainly see more of that later in 2015.

I have no idea what the Fed certification you are referring to is. Can you find the acronym?

Is the CSEIP certification the one that you are referring to? This one is offered by the Smart Card Alliance and seems to mostly focus on the credential side of access control. Not sure how much traction this particular certification will get, even within the government, but you never know.

It can take years for specifiers and end-users to become aware of certifications and to start to include them in RFPs and specifications. Some certifications, such as the RCDD, seem to have taken hold quickly, while others have been around for years and no one other than the certificate holders themselves seem to be aware of their existence.

The CPP and PSP certifications seem to have finally gotten a firm foothold and you now often see requirements for these in RFPs and job descriptions (HR people seem to love certifications...)

I think that obtaining certificates should be done primarily for educational/self-development purposes. Any recognition that a credential receives from the outside world should be thought of as a bonus.

End users may or may not recognize the value of specific certifications but I do believe they recognize the value of an integrator that is willing to stay informed and educated on technology in their field...