AKA: Paid Trainings
Payment offers made by companies or individuals to get training or certifications for using or interfacing with the OSS. Often one-time payments for one certification or training session, but companies might need continuous flow of certifications for new employees.
Variants & Options:
|Effort to set-up
|Might require training materials, Course System and/or Certificate Hosting.
|Effort to maintain
|Constant reminders to certify might be necessary. Updating certificates and training material might be necessary
|Cost to set-up
|Maybe cost for a designer to design certificates
|Cost to maintain
|Hosting of certificates might cost
|Probably based on hourly wage - but can grow with demand for training or importance of certificates
|Only for longer training projects with companies or mult-level certificates
|Too complex –> no users; Too easy to understand –> no income
|Full income Threshold
|clients per month;
|Certificate recipients probably want a certificate from an organization - not an individual. Payments might go to an individual certifier
|Extra work to conduct certifications and/or trainings
|Easy to forget, ignore, or overlook, but certified people might talk about it
|Necessity to pay
|Might increase with the wide-spread use of the software
|Credit card is sufficient
|Scales to the time available to certify or train
|Effort for marketing
|Other maintainers might be competitors to certify.
|Better for big, complex and widely-used software
NOTE: Potentially, “unofficial” certificate can also be issued by non-maintainers (i.e., just expert), which could increase the competition (or income by “licencing” the right to certify).