@lentinjoseph great to see more educational materials around and especially with active mentorship! I’d be remiss for not bringing up another related thread as it seems to remind me greatly of this thread (ROS certification exam) some time ago regarding “ROS certification”.
Though, I think the claims you make on your website are alot better tempered, some of the same concerns could be voiced here. A summary of applicable ones:
I think this point still holds some water. Can you give students or potential clients some feedback on why this certification is “valid”, what are the expected benefits from achieving it, and what gives your organization the authority to certify developers? A number of the concerns in that thread were regarding the job / career claims that came along with certification. I notice you make no such claims - which is good. Though you could just call it a ROS course with a certificate at the end; calling it a certification comes with implied value like
- Companies/organizations accept this and have consulted in the value of the course
- The certification has the backing of an organization like OR, AWF, etc
- It provides tangible benefits to recipients beyond the value of learning the course material itself (else its just a course)
I think the claim “If you are performing well in the course, there is a chance for you to work as an intern in Qbotics Labs.” is disingenuous unless you actually plan on offering internships to your students, rather than abstractly saying that “sure, anything is possible I suppose”. I think that is cruel unless its actually your intend to tangibly offer role(s).
Which goes back to the points of what makes this a certification? If its just a course, that’s fine, but if you call it a certification, there should be some value attained by having the certification. If I get a certification from ABB on RAPID programming, that has value beyond the course materials learned by being certified by a company that could vouch for my knowledge and that this knowledge is sufficient to show proficiency in the subject (and/or could be a requirement for a job). When I get a certificate at the end of a Udemy course about basket weaving, the certificate is not a certification because it does not carry any additional value to me beyond skills imparted.
Things to think about, especially for a $1,000 price tag. I know you care deeply about ROS education from your books and other posts, and for a 3 month course $1,000 isn’t too terrible if there’s as much active mentorship as you’re proposing.