UX Certification?

25 Mar 2009 - 9:29am
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Mike Dunn
2008

So I've been asked at work to research UX Certification programs. While I'm
glad that an interest is being taken, I feel to a certain extent that the
whole certification thing is outdated. I'd rather just go to one of
Adaptive Path's UX Intensives (http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/),
but because no 'certification' is involved, it's not even being considered.
Does anybody know of any programs out there? Anything worthwhile? Cooper
offers certification but they are very vague about what it entails...

-MIKE D

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25 Mar 2009 - 9:29am
Mike Dunn
2008

So I've been asked at work to research UX Certification programs. While I'm
glad that an interest is being taken, I feel to a certain extent that the
whole certification thing is outdated. I'd rather just go to one of
Adaptive Path's UX Intensives (http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/),
but because no 'certification' is involved, it's not even being considered.
Does anybody know of any programs out there? Anything worthwhile? Cooper
offers certification but they are very vague about what it entails...

-MIKE D

25 Mar 2009 - 9:56am
Jared M. Spool
2003

Hi Michael,

Are you asking about UX Certificate programs or about becoming a
Certified UX Practitioner? The latter doesn't exist, but there are
some excellent certificate programs available.

Jared

Jared M. Spool
User Interface Engineering
510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
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On Mar 25, 2009, at 10:29 AM, Michael Dunn wrote:

> So I've been asked at work to research UX Certification programs.
> While I'm
> glad that an interest is being taken, I feel to a certain extent
> that the
> whole certification thing is outdated. I'd rather just go to one of
> Adaptive Path's UX Intensives (http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/
> ),
> but because no 'certification' is involved, it's not even being
> considered.
> Does anybody know of any programs out there? Anything worthwhile?
> Cooper
> offers certification but they are very vague about what it entails...

25 Mar 2009 - 10:04am
Mike Dunn
2008

Certificate programs are what I'm looking for.

On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Jared Spool <jspool at uie.com> wrote:

> Hi Michael,
>
> Are you asking about UX Certificate programs or about becoming a Certified
> UX Practitioner? The latter doesn't exist, but there are some excellent
> certificate programs available.
>
> Jared
>
> Jared M. Spool
> User Interface Engineering
> 510 Turnpike St., Suite 102, North Andover, MA 01845
> e: jspool at uie.com p: +1 978 327 5561
> http://uie.com Blog: http://uie.com/brainsparks Twitter: jmspool
> UIE Web App Summit, 4/19-4/22: http://webappsummit.com
>
> On Mar 25, 2009, at 10:29 AM, Michael Dunn wrote:
>
> So I've been asked at work to research UX Certification programs. While
> I'm
> glad that an interest is being taken, I feel to a certain extent that the
> whole certification thing is outdated. I'd rather just go to one of
> Adaptive Path's UX Intensives (
> http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/),
> but because no 'certification' is involved, it's not even being considered.
> Does anybody know of any programs out there? Anything worthwhile? Cooper
> offers certification but they are very vague about what it entails...
>
>
>

25 Mar 2009 - 10:16am
Fred Sampson
2005

There are other companies that give certifications, Human Factors
International comes to mind, or there are academic programs, such as Bentley U.

The certification issue raises its head every few years in STC, and goes
nowhere. IMHO, until and unless employers start demanding certification in a
field, there's no point in creating one.

-Fred

On Wed, 25 Mar 2009 09:29:12 -0500, Michael Dunn wrote
> So I've been asked at work to research UX Certification programs.
> While I'm glad that an interest is being taken, I feel to a certain
> extent that the whole certification thing is outdated. I'd rather
> just go to one of Adaptive Path's UX Intensives
> (http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/), but because no
> 'certification' is involved, it's not even being considered. Does
> anybody know of any programs out there? Anything worthwhile?
> Cooper offers certification but they are very vague about what it entails...
>
> -MIKE D
>

--
Fred Sampson
Information Developer
fred at fredsampson.com

25 Mar 2009 - 10:01am
Craig Cailler
2008

Bentley University. (in-person and virtual classes available)

http://www.bentley.edu/ux-certificate/

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25 Mar 2009 - 10:01am
Kanika
2009

Hi Mike,

Here's one which I've heard some good things about - Human Factors,

http://www.humanfactors.com/training/usability-training.asp

They have different courses on usability design and their CUA
(Certified Usability Analyst) is pretty well-known with big
corporates.

A friend of mine recently got his CUA certificate and has given good
feedback in terms of professional knowledge and broadening your
design sense in terms of user interface design.

Hope you find this relevant!

Cheers!

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7 Jul 2010 - 5:58pm
garnold8509
2010

Will a certificate program help me get a job in UX?

Right now I have a MFA in design but I am unemployed.

Is the certificate a shorter and more efficient route than a MS?

8 Jul 2010 - 9:05am
dantemurphy
2010

Forgive thje somewhat glib response, but "letters" won't get you a job, and speaking for myself they would do NOTHING to enhance your candidacy.

Focus on a strong portfolio, a good match between your skills, interests, and the opportunity, and if necessary go where the jobs are.  There are probably 60 jobs a DAY listed on IxDA alone, there has to be a fit out there for you.



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Will a certificate program help me get a job in UX?

Right now I have a MFA in design but I am unemployed.

Is the certificate a shorter and more efficient route than a MS?

8 Jul 2010 - 12:05pm
Robert Skrobe
2008

Hi garnold8509,

The certificate option might help, but by itself probably won't influence someone to consider hiring you over another candidate.  The certification, in conjunction with some solid project/client experience, a comprehensive online portfolio/blog and a good network to send referrals to would be more optimal.

Also, whether its a certification or MS degree, consider the advantages/disadvantages of online versus localized learning.  The former offers more flexibility and in some cases cheaper, while the latter offers great face-to-face networking and sharing with other people who have similar interests (not to mention quality time with instructors and mentoring opportunities).

Good luck in your decision.

- Robert 

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 7:20 PM, garnold8509 <arnoldgear@gmail.com> wrote:

Will a certificate program help me get a job in UX?

Right now I have a MFA in design but I am unemployed.

Is the certificate a shorter and more efficient route than a MS?

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