For the past several years, I've attempted to get 4 certificates every year, or one every quarter. Some take minutes, some are complex, my only goal with this is to continue learning in a diverse range of fields. I realized I should start to keep track of them, and so this page intended for that purpose.


Can't recall the date:

  • Custom Solaris - Sun Microsystems
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Oxygen & Airway Management - St. Johns Ambulance?
  • Automated Defibrillator (AED) - St. Johns Ambulance?
  • Sun Fault Analysis - Sun Microsystems
  • Basic Amateur radio - Radio Amateurs of Canada - VE3URL/VE7BNE
  • Continuous Wave (Morse Code - 5 wpm)  - Radio Amateurs of Canada
  • Advanced Amateur (ham) Radio - Radio Amateurs of Canada - VE3URL/VE7BNE
  • Mandarin - University of Victoria


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP,  CIPP/C (Canadian) - IAPP


  • Reverend - Universal Life Church


  • SCUBA - Open Water Diver- PADI
  • Advanced Open Water Diver - PADI


  • Q4: Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator - Transport Canada




  • Drone pilot (Basic, would challenge advanced but I don't have one to register which is a requirement)

Did not challenge exam:

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) - UVic - I didn't challenge the exam, as you need to work in the industry for 2 years to call yourself a CFP, and I took this just to learn it. I also had a lot of challenges with the magic hand waving nature of prediction for one's clients.
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) - ISC2 - I didn't challenge the exam, due to the ethics portion requiring you to claim to have never been associated with a hacker group. I don't know what that means semantically, but any CISSP knows the real (non-media) definition of hacker, and should not respect any information security professional who doesn't think critically, and outside the box.

For consideration in the future:

Please let me know if you can think of any other fun certifications I might be interested in obtaining!