Last month, Anne Martinez posted a guest blog from data center and storage networking vendor Brocade entitled “Brocade Moves to PDF-only Certificates.” Basically, this puts certified Brocade professionals in the position of being able to access and download PDF files for their certificates of accomplishment shortly after they earn a new credential (see their Certification Program page for a complete listing of the company’s current credentials).
I have to applaud this move from several perspectives. It saves on time and energy involved in ordering, printing, and mailing paper from the cert sponsor to the certified professional. It enables certified IT professionals ready access to their paperwork, and lets them print certificates for framing as and when they want to. I wish all certification sponsors would quickly follow suit and get some of the red tape and delay out of the post-certification follow-up while helping the environment at the same time (and probably saving on expenses that can be invested in other, more productive improvements and enhancements to various certification programs). Bravo, Brocade!