I went to my first meeting of the Association of Internet Professionals last night. The Georgia chapter meets once a month.
I joined this organization for a variety of reasons, but mainly to see what other people in my area are doing. One of the really big things for me at this year’s MacWorld conference was the chance to talk to people who are in the same position as I am. I am a lone web developer in a medium sized company. The talk last night got into certification. Can we be certified? It is my personal opinion that this really wouldn’t make too much sense. I look at the perversion that has twisted the networking world with the MCSE certification, and I don’t want to see the same thing happen in Web site management.
Right now, standards are changing rapidly. I don’t think that, if you were to begin work on a certification test today, all of the included materials would be out of date in six months. Do you test on content management, creation, technical, serving technology? What defines a webmaster? I am one and I don’t know.