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Project: Certification of Usability Professionals

References and Other Related Certifications

References Used in This Project

  • "CERTIFYING USABILITY (PROFESSIONALS): A Scheme to Qualify Practitioners" by Donald L. Day, Intuit (with the assistance of Nigel Bevan, Serco Usability Services). Interactions,  January-February 2002, page 7-9
  • ISO 13407 (1999) Human-centred design process for interactive systems. ISO 13407 can be purchased from ANSI for $60 and their online store: http://webstore.ansi.org
  • ISO TR 18529 (2000) Ergonomics of human system interaction - Human-centred lifecycle process descriptions
  • Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)

Other Certifications

  • Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics
    Established in 1990 as an independent nonprofit organization, the BCPE is the certifying body for individuals whose education and experience indicate broad expertise in the practice of human factors/ergonomics. The program includes several different credentials: Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP), Associate Ergonomics Professional (AEP), Associate Human Factors Professional (AHFP), or Certified Ergonomics Associate (CEA).
  • ASTD Human Performance Improvement Certificate Program
    A series of courses offered by the American Society for Training and Development. This program consists of five core courses and one optional course
  • Association for Project Management
    A relatively simple certification program from a UK organization.
  • A Summary of the ACM Position on Software Engineering as a Licensed Engineering Profession
    The ACM and IEEE were part of SWECC (Software Engineering Coordinating Committee) in an investigation of licensing. In May 1999, the ACM concluded: "ACM is opposed to the licensing of software engineers at this time because ACM believes it is premature and would not be effective at addressing the problems of software quality and reliability. ACM is, however, committed to solving the software quality problem by promoting R&D, by developing a core body of knowledge for software engineering, and by identifying standards of practice."

News Stories Related to Certification

CIOs on IT Certification Do Certifications Matter? by Allan Hoffman Monster.com Tech Jobs Expert
Short article technical certifications on the Monster.com job board. It concludes that (1) Certifications matter, but so do experience and soft skills; (2) not just any credential will help you stand out; and (3) certifications can help create a common language for IT teams.


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