Formation of a Mac Certification Body
The problem as I see it and I believe @danj agrees is that no one at iFixit has the expertise to certify us in Macs as we are the experts. It would be ludicrous for iFixit to be presumptive enough to even suggest that they are the teachers and certification authority to the Professors Emeritus. They really don't know what to do with us. I have made a suggestion to @kaykay a while back to see if Cal Poly Tech would be in agreement in awarding Honorary Doctorate in Education status. The massive volume of the bodies of work with references is certainly there. Just the views on my questions, probably average 150.000 per week, validate it. Those answers and the guides and their validity and professionalism has placed iFixit as the defacto worlds authority on Mac repair.
In today's world everybody has to get certification and you are used to it. In the past, when a technology emerged there were no certifying bodies. so when the need arose there was a gathering of eagles. That was a group of the top professional in a field recognized by their peers. It's easy for one real pro to recognize another from someone just putting out BS. In the case of iFixit, they have unwittingly already done that in their naming of the moderators. So I believe, it is up to the top answer providers on iFixit to form that certification body with the advice and consent of the iFixit staff. I feel this should be one of our primary objectives at the September conference. I believe this action would solidify iFixit's status as the world authority on Mac Repair. We already have many university teaching courses on repair work and we also need a way to certify those instructors.
I have contacted a research pro at the Texas Tech University Library and requested his assistance with this.
I have looked at the Apple Certification things for probably the last twenty-five years. I did it again for about six hours yesterday.
Here's what Apple is offering:
Cost $1400 2 days
Apple Certified Mac Technician (ACMT) Certification
Cost $4200 6 days
So to become a ACMT takes a total of eight days of training, and costs $5600. If either Dan or I had a guy come to us with eight days of training for a job, we would laugh them out of the office. I think I may have opened up not just a can of worms here but a whole pallet load.
There's no way to cram 35 years of experience into a course, it's just to massive a body of knowledge. I've worked with Ken @mactechplus for over 20 years. I've seen the same type of relationship develop between Dan and I on answering questions that I have with Ken. He or I will answer a question and then the other will drop in with a reminder about a detail that the other missed. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dan because I recognize him as a true master of his craft.
How to go about imparting this type of mastery into a course is beyond me. It's a journeyman type of project. Maybe that's why it takes so long to become a Master Plumber:
Plumbing, like most trade occupations, has a formal structure for career advancement and professional titles. Those who want to become plumbers either enroll in a plumbing technology program at a vocational school or community college, or apply to join a plumbing apprenticeship program. After two to three years of education or apprenticeship, plus another year or two of plumbing experience, you can become a journeyman plumber. After another one to five years of professional plumbing experience, depending on the state, you are eligible to sit for the master plumber exam.
So if it takes about 10 years of experience in a relatively static profession like plumbing, how do you do it in an ever changing and rapidly accelerating profession like Apple Computer Mastery? Now I can sit down with a guy and in 10-15 minutes tell where he's at with probably 5-10 questions So testing is not the problem for Dan or I. Kind of like if you ask a guy who claims to be a veteran what his MOS was and he can't answer, he's not.
Is this a worthwhile discussion?