Becoming a Certified Bitcoin Expert

Digital Currency Council creates a professional designation for bitcoin

Digital Currency Council

These days there are certainly more people who are unaware of bitcoin than there are those who are knowledgeable about it and digital currencies overall.

Although that may be true, it does seem that you can ask just about anyone about bitcoin and if they’re not willing to admit that they don’t know about it, you’ll probably receive varied explanations about what it is.  Living in New York, I’ve come to understand that everyone can explain anything to you but seldom is that explanation correct and bitcoin seems to fit that model.

To a large extent, that’s justifiable as bitcoin and digital currencies in general are not easily explained or even understood completely, even by those few who really know something about bitcoin.

This can become a problem when you find bitcoin becoming more commonplace and major companies and banks are now actively exploring blockchain technologies. How can you trust that the explanations, opinions and advice around bitcoin and digital currencies are correct?

For Barry Silbert and David Berger, this question provided an opportunity that led to the creation of the Digital Currency Council. In 2014, Silbert, the founder of Second Market and Berger, CEO of the Council, launched the Council to create a “professional standard” for those involved, employed and advising (currently or potentially) in the field of bitcoin and digital currencies.

At the time, Berger said, "Now’s the time to get smart and get certified so you can build a business that’s relevant for the future. At the launch we’re focused on lawyers and financial professionals, but the need is clear in other professions and we’ll be opening it up to them in the future."

Since then, the Digital Currency Council has over 1,500 members from 90 countries.  Membership in the Council ranges from free to monthly memberships up to $49 per month which allows for networking and referral opportunities with other bitcoin professionals.

The “professional standard” of the DCC is built around its educational and certification process.

The first of its kind in the digital currency industry, this certification process is not for those who are “somewhat” knowledgeable about bitcoin.  I can attest to this after being one of the first certified professionals through the program.

Although I wrote the book, “What’s the Deal with Bitcoins?” in the early days of bitcoin, I found myself being challenged and educated by the training program that leads up to the certification test, which I found myself actually concerned that I would pass.  It’s a top shelf effort that was designed by bitcoin and digital currency expert Dan McArdle, whose intent was to create a certification program that legitimately certifies “experts” on the topic. 

Berger says, “We built our certification program and test to be stringent and demanding.  It’s what provides legitimacy to the certification and ensures that when people want to reach someone in our network, they can be assured that they’re reaching the most knowledgeable digital currency experts operating in the industry today.”

However, anyone with an interest in learning more about bitcoin can come to the Council’s site and take an assessment on their current level of knowledge about bitcoin.

  After that, you can decide to take the educational program to prepare for the certification test.  You can also read reports and articles from the Council and its members, which provide some of the most up-to-date and in depth information available about bitcoin and digital currencies.

As more and more businesses become interested in bitcoin and digital currencies, it’s great to see an organization like the Digital Currency Council providing a reputable resource for gaining expertise and meeting professionals around these new technologies.

You can find out more about the Digital Currency Council site here.