I think the approach taken by these two foundations is an important development. Open source projects depend on the reputation of the participants in the community, but it's hard for employers to validate the current reputation of individuals. These two certification programs make the community recognition of individuals tangible outside the community and offer a concrete parameter for hiring decisions.
If you're deploying open source software, it's vital you pay for the skills to keep your mission-critical systems in good health. You need to either retain a supplier with community-recognized (preferably committer) skills for that software, or hire staff who can act with the community for you. Community-based certifications are welcome new tool for open source deployment success.
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