The five Ws
What: The BSD Associate (BSDA) is a technical certification on BSD systems administration. It covers DragonFlyBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.
This certification covers general BSD systems administration (there is not much about system architecture itself), the specificities of each covered BAD flavors, common Unix services administration, and also a few non-technical points notably on the BSD license and its difference with other licensing types.
I personally find the official naming misleading, as the requirement for this certification actually targets system administrators, not assistants.
When: The BSDA has no prerequisites, but is very technical and covers a wide range of domains so I would certainly not recommend it for the beginners.
It can be seen as the BSD counter-part of the LPIC-2 Linux certification.
Why: BSD systems have a different approach than Linux ones on a lot of things, both technical and non-technical. Being Linux certified does …