Certified Usability Analyst

9 Jan 2006 - 11:51am
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krazlh
2006

Hello all,

This is the first time I post to this list and hope its not too late to say
happy new year!

Anyway, I recently completed my Interaction Design degree and has decided my
interest lies more in usability such as doing analysis and testing. Has
anyone here completed the Usability Analyst program by Human factors
International? How are they in terms of reputation? Do their graduates
really proven to get a higher chance of getting hired after completing the
program?

Thank you.

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9 Jan 2006 - 1:11pm
ldebett
2004

There is also the Usability Boot Camp put on by Bentley College. Joe Dumas
(co-wrote "A Practical Guide to Usability Testing" on usability) is a
professor there.

http://www.bentley.edu/professional/programs/usability.cfm

~Lisa

On 1/9/06, krazlh <krazlh at hotmail.com> wrote:
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> Hello all,
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> This is the first time I post to this list and hope its not too late to
> say
> happy new year!
>
> Anyway, I recently completed my Interaction Design degree and has decided
> my
> interest lies more in usability such as doing analysis and testing. Has
> anyone here completed the Usability Analyst program by Human factors
> International? How are they in terms of reputation? Do their graduates
> really proven to get a higher chance of getting hired after completing the
> program?
>
> Thank you.
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9 Jan 2006 - 2:57pm
jbellis
2005

Dear krazlh,
Though I can't answer any of your exact questions, I thought my info might
help. I attended one three-day class of their 4-part (12? day) certificate
program. My interest was solely for the prospect of credentialing, knowing
that I been studying this stuff too long to expect much learning. And I
can't justify a graduate program.

As expected, I only picked up a few UI morsels, my favorites being the name
of chromostereopsis and the fact that Asian users expect more vibrant
displays and also are found to peruse (mouseover?) a page in somewhat a
circular fashion. [Oh, I can picture the followup thread now.] Of course
didactic knowledge is only half the benefit... I picked up some "flying
time" at various hands-on skills. But I digress.

I was especially impressed that in three days, the instructor, April McGee
succeeded in NOT ONCE invoking the word "simple" as if it were a solution to
any design problems. I'm thinking it's worthy of Time's "Person of the
Year." The course was very good. I suspect that the more logistics- and
technique-intensive subject matter of testing should be even more conducive
to their program.

I understand that you can pay to take their test independent of their
course. I suppose I'll break down and try this some day.

I personally believe that employers would consider their certification as a
serious credential. My thinking was that if I applied for a job against a
Masters candidate and I had NO credential, the race would be over. But if I
had even an HFI-type certification, that along with other experience would
extend the game.

www.jackbellis.com, www.usabilityInstitute.com

Ps, get back to interaction design. Didn't anyone tell you that you can't
test quality into a product??? And after you find a test failure, isn't
someone going to have to design the solution?

----- Original Message -----
From: "krazlh" <krazlh at hotmail.com>

> Anyway, I recently completed my Interaction Design degree and has decided
my
> interest lies more in usability such as doing analysis and testing. Has
> anyone here completed the Usability Analyst program by Human factors
> International? How are they in terms of reputation? Do their graduates
> really proven to get a higher chance of getting hired after completing the
> program?

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