Cloudbees will go live with its certification program in May, giving wannabees eight weeks to swot up if they want to be the first to take the exam.
The continuous delivery vendor has developed two schemes, reflecting the split between its own platform, and the Jenkins project it is built on.
You can choose to be a Certified Jenkins Engineer, “for demonstrated knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of the open-source Jenkins server and plugin ecosystem.”
Meanwhile, the Certified CloudBees Jenkins Platform Engineer ticket covers “certification of additional, specific knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of the CloudBees Jenkins Platform, which adds enterprise functionality on top of the open source Jenkins server.”
The vendor said Certified Jenkins Engineer status “will mean the engineer possesses the technical skills and knowledge necessary to effectively implement and use Jenkins with a proven level of proficiency.”
“The exam questions are designed to test an engineer’s knowledge and hands-on experience with Jenkins throughout all stages of the software delivery process – from development to build, test, stage and deployment.”
The Certified CloudBees Jenkins Platform Engineer status will mean the candidate has answered additional exam questions specific to the CloudBees Jenkins Platform.
It’ll cost $200 to take the exam – which will be offered through Prometrix’ test centre network. Except it won’t be if you register before the end of this month, when it will be $50, or $150 between April 1 2016 and March 31 next year.
The certification plan popped up in conversation with the Reg last month, when CEO Sacha Labourey told us, “We created the questions, we created all of the machine, but when it comes to the certification itself, we’re going to do it in a professional manner with a third party.”
With DevOps, CD and the like making inroads into traditional enterprise IT shops, managers, or at least HRs, will be grappling with how to assess job candidates’ technical chops.
At the same time, some observers have said it’s important to draw a distinction between what can be measured and what can’t. Technical knowledge might be quantifiable up to a point, but James Smith, CEO at The DevOpsGuys, told us last month that while certs covering technical proficiency made sense, "where we have an issue, is where you try to certify the philosophy….You can’t distill 15 years' experience into two days in the classroom.”
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