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Old 07-17-2006, 10:47 AM   #59
mriehle
 
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Re: Paying for testing?

I realized another perspective on this over the weekend. I had a student receive her shodan. Of course I charged her a fee for the shodan, but my teacher provided the certificate (the reasons for this are a bit convoluted and not relevant to my point), so he gets part of the fee.

It seemed obvious to me, until it occured to me to wonder why.

Because he signs the thing. His signature says he vouches for her having earned the shodan. What is his endorsement worth? More than mine.

She pays me for the teaching, the recommendation that she get her shodan, my endorsment, my relationship with my teacher. She pays him for that signature.

And, honestly, it's worth it.

Because by vouching for each of his students he puts his own reputation on the line each time.

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