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Mar 22 2013   2:49PM GMT

IT Pros: Check Out (and Add to) Certrank.com

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In previous postings here and elsewhere, I’ve waxed eloquent and complimentary about Miroslaw Burnejko’s excellent ITCertificationMaster.com website. There’s lots of good stuff there, especially his List of All IT Certifications, and his long series of interviews with certified IT Professionals (21) and IT Certification Program Managers (26). This morning, I stumbled across another companion site he’s created from the all certs lists called CertRank.com. Basically what this site does is to solicit reviews/evaluations for the 1500-plus credentials that occupy the “List of All IT Certifications” so that those credential can be — you guessed it — ranked and rated. Here’s the graphical banner for this site from the ITCertificationMaster.com home page:

CertRank represents an interesting experiment in crowdsourcing

CertRank represents an interesting experiment in crowdsourcing

The basic concepts behind CertRank appear to be as follows:
1. Provide a list of all known IT certifications
2. Get lots of visitors to provide individuals ratings and rankings for as many of those certifications as possible
3. Provide lots of ways to slice and dice the resulting data that emerges

This means that the more people participate in this project, the better the resulting data will become. Right now, it looks like it’s just getting started, because the CCNA currently occupies first place in the ranking of all certifications, but has only 51 total votes. I think you’ll find the information here increasingly useful as the number of participants increases, and the collective wisdom of a large population (that’s where the crowdsourcing angle comes into play) begins to weigh in on this massive collection of IT certification credentials. That’s why I encourage all of my readers to go in and rank the certifications they possess or might be pursuing, and to encourage all of your friends and colleagues in IT to do likewise. Over time, this could turn CertRank.com into a truly valuable resource for the whole IT profession!

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