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Date:   Fri, 30 Apr 1999 18:08:21 +0100
Reply-To:   John Whittington <medisci@POWERNET.COM>
Sender:   "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:   John Whittington <medisci@POWERNET.COM>
Subject:   Re: SAS Certification
Comments:   To: Gullion Christina <Christina.Gullion@COLUMBIA.NET>
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At 11:41 27/04/99 -0500, Gullion Christina wrote (in part):

>I don't think grandfathering is suitable for SAS programming credentials.

It's certainly not ideal. However, whenever one introduces a new 'qualification' into an established field, one has little choice but to allow 'grandfathering' - otherwise (since those long-established in a field will rarely be happy to subject themselves to 'examination') you end up with the silly situation in which all the good and experienced folk are 'unqualified' and the only 'qualified' ones are those with virtually no experience. ... that's why it really takes 'a generation' before any new qualification starts to be properly meaningful. In the early days of the intervening period, at least potential employees generally know that 'qualified/certified' generally means 'inexperienced'!!

Kind Regards,

John

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