FileMaker has announced its new Certification Programme for developers.

The company has set up a training and testing programme to provide a common set of developer proficiency standards for FileMaker Pro 7. The new system launched globally yesterday. Developers can become FileMaker 7 Certified Developers by completing the programme.

FileMaker president Dominique Goupil said: "There are thousands of in-house and consulting developers throughout the world who create FileMaker solutions to help organisations gather, manage and share information."

He explained that his company has set up the Certification system in order to offer users (and customers) a benchmark for FileMaker skills. He said: "It formalises the widespread FileMaker expertise that already exists in the industry."

FileMaker Certification tests candidates on the knowledge required to develop and deploy business or organizational solutions using FileMaker 7. Tests are offered in over 3,000 Prometric testing centres worldwide.

FileMaker does recommend interested candidates to complete its instructor-led training course, FileMaker Professional Training Series II. This consists of 13 training modules, demo files and exercises and over 450-pages of in-depth technical information.