Authors: Giuseppe Di Fatta (University of Reading, UK) and Stefan Helfrich (KNIME)
Are you an expert in KNIME Analytics Platform? There is now an official way to answer this question and share it with the world: You can test your KNIME proficiency with a new certification program developed by a collaboration between academia and industry.
Professional certifications are particularly useful in the employment process to help identify key skills relevant to the job profile sought by employers. They facilitate matching the demand for skills with the offer at an earlier stage and also promote the need for the right skills. They help prospective applicants to understand the requirements in the current job market to plan their training and development more effectively. Employers can also use certifications to engage current employees in Continuous Professional Development (CDP) relevant to critical needs. While Higher Education degrees are evidence of a solid knowledge of a subject area (e.g., BSc Computer Science, MSc Data Science), certification programs tend to focus on very specific expertise and skills on industry-relevant tools and processes. Certification programs can help to ensure the right competence level is clearly identified and communicated. Certification tests are used to assess skills and knowledge for this purpose.