How about the idea of a MakeUseOf-type certification to add credibility to those looking for jobs to help others become more productive?

Joseph Videtto June 29, 2013
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This complements my other post – regarding looking for part-time tech work.

I’m sure the owners of this website realize there are many people out there who don’t have the tech background to understand and make use of the “MakeUseOf articles” – or don’t have a passion for discovering new software and Internet services, even if they’re somewhat tech savvy.

How about the idea of some “MakeUseOf” type certifications to add credibility to those looking for jobs to help others become more productive in their day-to-day work using free or low-cost software?

Most – probably all – of the training materials are already on the site and free to access – this doesn’t mean they are being discovered and used by the many people that might benefit from them given the difficulty in discovering exactly the right ones for their particular needs, or their tech experience ‘habits of use’. The MUO certified person would help them in the discovery and adoption of free or low-cost software that simplifies their work tasks – administrative or otherwise.

Certainly the site itself contains enough training material for this goal – the hard part would be to formalize and select which aspects would make sense to ‘certify’ in for given areas, given the wide range of customers, applications, needs, etc.

If you like the idea, please include me in it’s startup – I’d like to be one of the first :)

  1. Dalsan M
    July 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Accreditation and cost would be the biggest factor into having certified certifications. Otherwise, only a certification of completion could be offered, which does little to be noticeable for resumes. It would be better to go to an establishment that offers accredited certifications if one wants it to be worth anything on a resume.

  2. Leland Whitlock
    July 1, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Comptia certifications are more general in nature so closer to what you would have if MakeUseOf issued certifications. However being active on the site and linking to it on Linkedin or other sites might be a way to raise your profile and make you more marketable. As for Comptia certifications there is A+ for general hardware and OS, Network+ for networking, Linux+ for Linux, Security+ for security and more. To me these are the best general certifications. It really depends on what you want to accomplish.

  3. dragonmouth
    June 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Everybody and anybody is issuing certifications nowadays. It's getting to the point where certifications are becoming meaningless and employers will stop looking at them. Rather than seeking to add to the noise with another certification, obtain one that already exists and has some value: Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, etc. Make UseOf makes technolgy simple for the masses. It does not have the specific gravity of the ones I mentioned. You might as well seek certification from Wikipedia or Google.