The Document Foundation has announced a Developer Certification Program to foster the provision of professional services around LibreOffice.
According to Italo Vignoli, who will co-ordinate the 10-member Certification Committee:
"The Certification Program will recognize the competence of individuals capable of developing and supporting LibreOffice, provide integration services around the suite, offer training and maintenance, and migrating enterprises deployments from proprietary to free software".
Certified Developer Is able to hack LibreOffice code to develop new features or provide L3 Support to enterprise users, researching and developing solutions to new or unknown issues, designing and developing one or more courses of action, evaluating each of these courses in a test case environment, and implementing the best solution to the problem. Certified Core Developers need to be present TDF members, and part of their certification is peer review by the Engineering Steering Committee.
Certified Migration Professional Is able to coordinate the migration process from MS Office to LibreOffice, working with the customer to manage the change in all aspects (integration, development of macros and templates, training and support) in order to have a smooth transition.
Certified Professional Trainer Is able to teach the use of LibreOffice at basic, intermediate or advanced level.
Certified L1 Support Professional Is able to handle basic customer issues, gathering the customer’s information and determining the customer’s issue by analyzing the symptoms and figuring out the underlying problem.
Certified L2 Support Professional Is able to assist L1 support personnel in solving basic technical problems and investigating elevated issues by seeking for known solutions related to these more complex issues.
The first certified developers and third parties will be announced in May during LinuxTag (Berlin, May 23-26), when the Certification Committee will meet for the first time. After the meeting, TDF will announce the roadmap for certification, including pre-requisites for third parties not involved in the project, and the first dates for trainings and exams.