As I often like to do, I have based this post on this search phrase that someone used to find this blog “laboratory informatics certified consultant”.
The March Article on the Certification
In March, certification was the monthly newsletter article topic for my GeoMetrick Enterprises “Out on a LIMS®” newsletter (http://www.geometrick.com/newsltr_signup.htm). So, for starters, here’s that link, which sums up my thoughts on the matter of certification: http://www.geometrick.com/five-certification-misunderstandings.html
None That I Know of, But I Don’t Think it Matters
Following from what I said in that article, I’ll point-out that the only certifications I happen to know about in laboratory informatics are product-specific. I don’t know of a certification process for the entirety of laboratory informatics as a discipline nor would I think it to be particularly useful considering there are so many products, processes and other factors to the field. A certification might indicate that someone has some basic rudimentary knowledge if a customer wanted a very junior employee to start with and train but wouldn’t help them find an experienced person. But since most people seem to think that a certification has something to do with having experience and knowledge, I think this would defeat the purpose.
On the other hand, maybe it’s time to realize that we need to redefine what we think “certification” means. In laboratory informatics, it tends to refer to some low-level skills and indicates that you have someone that has some very basic product knowledge and the test can be passed at the end of some initial basic overview course of the software, not from advanced product or usage topics.
It doesn’t even mean the person has any experience with either the product, doing a customer implementation, or anything that would help them program/configure/script the system in any efficient manner.
Certification Doesn’t Accomplish What Customers Want From it
Customers sometimes tell me they find this frustrating because they’d like to be able to find the right people by some easier way and are disappointed when certification doesn’t accomplish this. My response is that wishing it so doesn’t change anything and that, if you want someone experienced, you will have to read their résumé or CV, instead, or even interview them.
Making it Easy for You
If you really want to make it easy, just contact me here at GeoMetrick Enterprises (Gloria atsymbol GeoMetrick.com). I’m not only highly experienced but you’ll have someone with great references. Notice I didn’t add a smiley face, here, as I’m totally serious about this. If you want great services, go for people with experience and a track record – that hasn’t changed. You’ll find my code is structured, uses the LabWare programming standards, and that I do care about long-term maintenance and will not put in a bunch of junk just to get your system working without putting thought into KEEPING it working and keeping your maintenance costs down. That, plus I do actually spend the time to document what I’ve done and go over it with your people.