back to article Who wants to cram some BOFH skills into their brains? How about from, er, Google?

Google is bringing its IT Support Professional Certificate program to more than two dozen US community colleges this fall in an effort to prime the sysadmin supply pump. The Chocolate Factory introduced the online course in partnership with web educator Coursera in January. Since then, we're told, almost 40,000 people have …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Does it cover cattle prods, dodgy window catches, tapping phones and cameras and, of course, the correct use of skips, carpet and quicklime?

    And all the extra info re beer and pizza in last week's BOFH?

    1. Waseem Alkurdi Silver badge

      No, all that is what the IT budget is for.

      And if more is needed, H&S budget works.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    median is one of the w*nkiest statistics you can use.

    1. SVV Silver badge

      Re: median

      Stop being mean.

      * Yes, I know it's rather an average joke.

    2. Joe Werner

      Re: median

      Nope. In this case it's probably the best you can do. 50% earned more than that amount. Interesting is of course also a measure for the width of the distribution.

      The arithmetic mean is too strongly influenced by extreme values. Yes, it's optimal in the l2 sense, but not really informative here.

      Personally reporting the quartiles would have been preferable, but the median is a good compromise. But most people don't care about uncertainties...

  3. Herby Silver badge

    Why doesn't ElReg sponsor...

    A true BOFH certificate for all of us. I'm sure there is a profit center there.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Why doesn't ElReg sponsor...

      Idea of the week!

  4. LordHighFixer

    An actual BOFH cert.

    I would happily pay the price of a pint and a couple of kabobs, for a reg certified BOFH certificate.

    1. Only me!

      Re: An actual BOFH cert.

      Sign me up of BOFH cert.....but it better be from a Centre of learning on a Center!

      Otherwise I might have to put things in to practice precertification......and no one would want that to happen.....sorry was that an open window?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: An actual BOFH cert.

        I was rather hoping that a suitable font would help disguise the fact the the BOFH cert was issues by a national center of excrement.

  5. Flakk Silver badge

    Google is bringing its IT Support Professional Certificate program

    Let me guess... it's kind of like A+, but with a heavy focus on Google Cloud services and AndroidOS?

    1. ShortLegs

      That wouldn't really be a problem, though, would it - for companies that were seeking some form of metric to judge candidates, for a role in a Android/Google-centric environment.

      Certainly no more than the Novel Service and Support course was flavoured to supporting Netware environments, and a similar MS course of the time was flavoured to Windows. Or the Win95 and NT Workstation courses discussed connecting to Netware servers using DOS connectors rather than the superior Netware Client32 and/or ZenWorks, before rapidly moving onto completely displacing, and side-stepping Netware clients full stop.

  6. jake Silver badge

    I'm guessing that ...

    ... this time next year, I'll have yet another filter for automatic insertion of resumes/cvs into the circular file.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    BOFH wages

    Those are the wages being compared.

    If you're a BOFH, and all you're earning is what's reported on your wage slip you're doing it wrong.

    Even the PFY should be making buck on disposing of old assets, fixing people's home kit and some general larceny.

    A BOFH should be making serious cash through fraud (that consulting firm) and blackmail.

    Wages should just be pocket change :D

    1. Oengus

      Re: BOFH wages

      Wages should just be pocket change

      Wages are just the number reported to the Tax Orifice...

    2. Waseem Alkurdi Silver badge

      Re: BOFH wages

      fixing people's home kit

      You mean stress-testing it with a sledgehammer right?

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