The Blender Foundation Certified Trainer (BFCT) Program has been officially launched. The 12-member review board for the program has put a lot of effort into getting it off the ground and we're ready to see how well it will work. If you teach or train people in Blender, get your application materials together, because we're accepting applications now!
One very important thing to bear in mind, however, is that this is trainer certification and not user certification. The program is designed to give educators a mark of validity from the Blender Foundation that certifies their qualifications to provide instruction on using Blender. To quote the certified trainer page on blender.org:
A certified trainer should target at least one of the following audiences:
- Corporations who want employees trained in Blender
- School/College/University teachers who want to integrate Blender in classes
- Individual 3D artists who want to become trained in Blender
A certified trainer cannot give BFCT status to people who have attended their classes, however they are fully free to define their own courses or own student certification programs.
Since one of the goals here is to increase the quality of Blender education in general, there are some pretty strict requirements for the application process. If you are interested in becoming a Blender Foundation Certified Trainer, please carefully read through the essential criteria on the website. Once certified, trainers will be listed on the blender.org website with relevant information about what they teach and how to reach them.
As the program grows and moves forward, we will continue to review and improve the process, especially in this first year of its existence. First things first, though: we are eager to review applications from the Blender educational community!