4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 10, 2017 1:15 AM by fmtraining

    Certifications with multiple companies


      We are a company providing trainings to FM users and developers since 2012. Our teachers also work as independent FM developers, are mostly FBA members and take the certification exams. Our company is also a paying FBA member and Authorized Trainer.


      However, we have never been able to get our teachers exams listed except with their own consultancy business. And not with the training company.

      In Jan. 2016 an FMI employee agreed this was not appropriate and said they were working to improve. The new 'Find a Partner' was not the improvement we were hoping and waiting for. It is still not possible... Do we need to do the exam twice!?


      Are there other FBA members who are affected by this and would also see this changed? In general, what is your opinion on this?

      Ofcourse I understand one person can not be listed with many different companies, but 2 or 3 different types of companies?


      Best regards,

      René Ros

      FMTraining, The Netherlands

        • 1. Re: Certifications with multiple companies

          I would not support a situation where a company was able to claim a Certified Developer listing for a person who was not an employee of the company.


          In the case of FMTraining, it would be reasonable to say that all FileMaker trainers were currently Certified in version 16.


          So you do not have any employees?



          • 2. Re: Certifications with multiple companies

            Hello David,


            Ofcourse it should be a legitimate listing and certificate. None of our teachers are employees in the normals sense but we are a group of independent developers.

            Not all of them are always up to date with the latest exams. The requirement is one of the teachers within six weeks of the exam becoming available. So marking a certified trainer automatically as all teacher having the latest certification seems inappropriate.


            It would already be an improvement if the policy was changed to multiple companies but of different types (as used in Find a Partner): consultant, trainer and reseller.



            • 3. Re: Certifications with multiple companies

              The certification requirements actually covers ALL FBA trainers:


              "CERTIFICATION EXAM. Company must ensure that its FBA Trainers are in compliance with the following certification exam requirements. Within six (6) weeks after the FileMaker, Inc. (“FMI”) certification exam is made available, FBA Trainer must receive a passing score on the FMI certification exam or the applicable test currently offered by FMI. FBA Trainer may not use their certification to represent more than one FBA company. "

              • 4. Re: Certifications with multiple companies

                Nevertheless, my question is if anyone else has problems with that last sentence. I mean, at least here in The Netherlands (EU), there are more and more independent working people (often in coöperation with each other) and less real employees.