The VoiceXML Forum announced today it has engaged Prometric, a part of The Thomson Corporation, to develop and deliver the Forum’s VoiceXML Developer Certification Programme. VoiceXML Forum members will oversee the programme and the Forum plans to launch the test programme publicly by October.The programme’s goals are to set the core competency baseline for VoiceXML development skills, certify developers with baseline VoiceXML development aptitudes, increase the number of skilled VoiceXML developers, and to advance the adoption of VoiceXML as the standard in the speech/telephony industry.
The VoiceXML Forum’s Developer Certification Programme is yet another indicator of the rapid adoption and maturity of VoiceXML within the industry,” said Jonathan Engelsma, chair of the VoiceXML Forum’s Education Committee.
“By capitalising on Prometric’s extensive experience in testing and assessment services, and the VoiceXML expertise found within the Forum’s membership, we are establishing an industry competency baseline for VoiceXML developers, designed to further promote and refine the technical skills of the VoiceXML community at large.”
The planned developer certification test will measure a developer’s knowledge of the W3C Speech Interface Framework languages required to develop speech applications, including VoiceXML 2.0, Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SSML), and Semantic Interpretation Language. It will also test how programmers may use these languages effectively to create world-class VoiceXML applications.
“The VoiceXML developer certification programme will help increase the number of qualified speech application developers as well as help hiring managers evaluate the credentials of speech application developers,” said Tim Moynihan, director of marketing, Intel Network Building Block Division. “This is yet another benefit the VoiceXML Forum and open-standards offer to the speech and communications market.”
To develop the programme and create the tests, Prometric will be conducting two multi-day workshops this summer for VoiceXML experts to attend and contribute requirements and questions. VoiceXML Forum Sponsor and Promoter Members will nominate their own expert developers to participate in these workshops.