CyberTraining: Pilot – A Professional Development and Certification Program for Cyberinfrastructure Facilitators
Education and Training and Outreach
HPC Training and Education
TimeMonday, 15 November 202111am - 11:30am CST
DescriptionThis CyberTraining pilot project is initiating the Certified Cyberinfrastructure Facilitator Training and Development (CCIFTD) program, a first-of-its-kind, non-matriculated certification of professional development for Cyberinfrastructure Facilitators. The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) workforce suffers from a critical deficit of CI Facilitators, who work directly with researchers to advance the computing-intensive/data-intensive aspects of their research. CCIFTD's purpose is to attest to proficiency in core skills needed for facilitating computing/data-intensive research, across all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The focus is on crucial professional/interpersonal skills, and complementary research computing technical topics. CCIFTD will establish both (A) the set of skills and (B) a means for determining whether a CI Facilitator has these skills and thus merits certification. This project promotes the progress of science by accelerating STEM research, in particular by training and certifying a national cohort of research computing professionals who work directly with STEM researchers to advance the computing/data-intensive aspects of their research. Such research is becoming increasingly important across all STEM disciplines, while at the same time large scale and advanced computing is becoming more challenging to learn. Financial efficiency is achieved via a "train the trainers" approach: every Facilitator trained by CCIFTD is anticipated to work with dozens or hundreds of researchers over their career.