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How will Wolfram Certifications work for you?

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In a recent Wolfram Daily Study Group, we asked the certification participants how they planned to share their accomplishments. We received some interesting responses and thought it would be really valuable to pose this question to an even larger group on Community.

Some of you may have seen our certifications page on Wolfram U, and some of you may have already completed a Daily Study Group, course or exam. If you have, now is your chance to brag a bit and share! Please help us improve and expand our program. Over the last few years, the Wolfram U team has launched a range of certifications, including the flagship Wolfram Language Level 1 Certification and several subject-based certifications in areas such as calculus, multiparadigm data science, image processing and others. Now we'd like to hear about your certification experiences and whether you'd like us to add more exams and certifications for experienced users or if we should focus more on expanding learning resources for computational topics. What has the most value for you?

Other questions we would like answers to:

  • How has your certification experience helped you?
  • Do you believe Wolfram Certifications could help further your career?
  • Did you find the process user friendly?
  • Do you think it's important to post certifications on sites such as Wolfram Community or LinkedIn? (We're working on adding a Wolfram Certifications section to Wolfram Community profile pages. Would you utilize this feature?)

If you're new to Wolfram Certifications, I invite you to check out the certificates of course and program completion you can earn by watching course videos and passing cloud-based quizzes and by taking part in our Daily Study Groups and the more challenging Level 1 proficiency certifications that require passing an exam or completing graded exercises. An advanced Level 2 certification is also available for demonstrating expertise in multiparadigm data science with a graded project. When you sign in using your Wolfram ID, many of these certifications are free.

Over the past couple of years, the world has seen a huge uptick in the number of people up-skilling, re-skilling, multi-skilling and even cross-skilling! What we want to hear about from you is what role certifications play in that for you.

PS: Any other general comments or feedback about our certifications would also be greatly appreciated, but please don't post specifics about individual exam questions. (You can email the Wolfram U team directly at wolfram-u@wolfram.com with those comments rather than posting them here.)

POSTED BY: Jamie Peterson
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Certificates are provided as pdf files to our customers. Instructions for adding specific certifications to your Linked In profile are included, providing links to Wolfram U pages where the courses and programs are described in detail. We would like to include a Wolfram certification section on Community profile pages, and this project is getting started. We suggest using the exact verbiage on your certificates when listing them on your resume, i.e., Certificate of Program Completion for XX Boot Camp / Daily Study Group. Verification of earned certifications is currently managed by contacting the Wolfram U team.

Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have further questions.

POSTED BY: Jamie Peterson
Posted 1 month ago

Most of what I learned about the Wolfram Language was through online courses offered at Wolfram-U, a number of books, the Community and StackExchange and the many webinars Wolfram offers. Recently, I completed the Daily Study Group: A Guide to Programming and Mathematics with the Wolfram Language. The certification experience helped me structure and fill in gaps in my knowledge and ask questions about topics I was still struggling with. In addition, the certification process helped me better gauge my proficiency level. I appreciated the structure of the quizzes; the first two were meant to verify my basic understanding of WL concepts and the third required me to code a solution for a specific problem.

I recommend a separate post on the second question as there are many aspects to it. This is my personal perspective on your second question. During my studies at university, Mathematica was already a well-established platform for computational Algebra, and I think it still is for many academic careers. Outside academia, many employers still require established and popular languages, platforms and methods. Functional programming is catching up, so time will tell. However, I am sure the WL as a computational toolbox will help many of us in their jobs to do things faster, better or in more flexible ways. I am thinking of independent consultants and researchers, freelancers, small firms, but I am also aware that Financial Research Dept. and firms are using it too.

The process of certification employed in the Daily Study group was user-friendly enough. I miss a number of aspects though: one is an indication of course load / credits. The other one is a page (maybe in your personal profile page) with an overview of courses completed with dates, workload/credits, certificates and scores. The Daily Study Group Quizzes were automatically graded, and submitted to Wolfram-U, but there is no feedback in the process which led to many questions whether or not the results were received and to additional work for the Wolfram-U staff, I am sure. It would have been beneficial if the results were confirmed and summarized once received by Wolfram-U.

Certifications on the Community pages may encourage others to get certifications as well. I would use it on my Community Profile. On LinkedIn it may be a good option for some people, depending on where they are and where they want to go in their career.

POSTED BY: Dave Middleton

Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses to these questions. I especially appreciate your suggestion to display a list of completed courses and certificates as part of your Community profile. We will work on this!

POSTED BY: Jamie Peterson
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