Last week I completed a journey that started many months ago. In every field there are certifications that attest to your skills. In the case of Apple’s Final Cut Pro software (film editing for anyone who doesn’t know), Apple provides several levels of certification. The first level (becoming an Apple Certified Pro, Level 1) involves a comprehensive test about the ins and outs of the program. I passed the level 1 test in July. From there, I decided to take it a step further. This past week I attended Apple’s Train-the-trainer (T3) course in Cupertino, CA. The purpose of this class is the coveted Apple Certified Trainer certification. Being an Apple certified trainer means I would be able to teach Final Cut Pro classes at any Apple Certified training center. The class was four intensive days and included lectures, student teaching segments (we each got to teach and were evaluated on how we did), and comprehensive test about Final Cut Pro. I am happy to say that I passed and now bear the official title of Apple Certified Trainer (Final Cut Pro)!
One question might come to mind, “Who cares?” Potentially, no one. I took this course for a variety of different reasons. First, I teach Final Cut Pro to high school students on a daily basis and the certifications provide a level of credibility. Like a teaching certificate, software certifications ensure students and parents that I have a good understanding of the programs covered in my classes. Certifications also act as outward signs of quality and knowledge. Second, and probably most important, I am a lifelong learner. I enjoy learning and I see no reason for my learning to stop because I am done with school. When I find a topic I like, be it photography, video editing, or martial arts I start the learning process and I usually delve deep. Five years ago I knew nothing about video. Today I hold professional certifications in video editing and have spent countless hours assisting students in the creation of their own films.
The best piece of advice I can give is to learn to love learning. Find your passion and commit yourself to becoming a lifelong learner.