UNIX System Certification Programs

Martin McCormick martin at dc.cis.okstate.edu
Fri Oct 21 07:38:20 PDT 2005

	As part of the formalization process for our carreer paths,
our organization is wanting us to be certified in our areas of expertise as part
of any on-going carreer path.  Since I do all my work in Linux and
FreeBSD, what sorts of programs are there that would be similar to the
Microsoft certifications which are extremely common in the Windows world?

	I would want to try to keep it as close to what I really do,
both for honesty's sake and since the knowledge gained would be
valuable, to say the least and the closer it fit me, the better.

	The best way to describe what I do would be to say that I use
UNIX systems to solve technical problems.  While DNS is my primary
responsibility, I notice that I have spent a good portion of my
carreer, here, coming up with UNIX-based automation solutions to
problems that individuals in my group or groups we are close to are
trying to solve.  Such situations as mining system logs for patterns
that mean trouble and either alerting others of the pending trouble or
actually rectifying it, are a daily part of my job.  Using UNIX tools
such as awk, grep and C to shave time off of mine and other people's
work also describe what I do.

	Please tell me any thoughts you might have.  Stating that I've
been messing around with UNIX systems for about 14 years probably
won't get me very far.:-)

Thank you.

Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
Systems Engineer
OSU Information Technology Division Network Operations Group

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