[Owasp-cert] Marketing Question One

Matthew Chalmers matthew.chalmers at owasp.org
Fri Jul 25 18:52:28 EDT 2008

Figuring out the purpose of the cert is something I definitely think needs
to be discussed but I don't necessarily think we should be talking about
whether our cert should be free, cheap, expensive, or anything else until
we've gotten to a point in its development when we actually know what it's
going to cost OWASP to offer it, if anything--at which time we can figure
out if seeking sponsorship/grants is feasible or appropriate.

Besides, there may be more than one cert, or there may be one exam to
ascertain more than one level of skill (e.g. if you get 70% right you're
basic, 80% intermediate, etc.). Additionally, if the purpose is to assess
knowledge, that might be different from assessing experience--or the latter
might be adjunct to the former. If the purpose is just to see how much one
retained from a training course or book, I don't think that necessarily has
much weight and it should be part of the training course/book fee, if any.


On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 10:46 AM, David H. <dmalloc at users.sourceforge.net>

> On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 4:45 PM,  <james at architectbook.com> wrote:
> > Should certification be free to employees of organizations that sponsor
> > OWASP (http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Membership)?
> >
> What is the purpose of the certification drive? If it is to promote
> sane OWASP and to ensure that people are continually educated then
> certification should be free for everyone. We would need to seek other
> means of sponsorship and grants to make that happen. I personally
> think that a peer reviewed model which is free to all is the best way
> forward.
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