The Challenge: Becoming a Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA)

The Architect

After a grueling two weeks of interviews for various mandates while traveling to Montreal and additionally providing a budgetary for an opportunity overseas, I have returned to Toronto facing several fresh challenges. Firstly, The Challenge: Becoming a Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA) as quickly as possible will be no easy feat. Indeed, I have received feedback from several CLAs that the examination was no easy task. What makes this challenge even more interesting is that I will be aiming to go for the examination in less than 2 weeks: Friday February 7, 2014.

This goal is self-imposed and not a hard requirement, as I’ll be beginning a new project the following week involving extensive LabVIEW software development and further travel to Asia to upgrade/support a build.  Essentially, the company I’m working with is used as a proxy for large-scale multinationals whereby Engineers are sent on various consulting missions throughout the globe. Needless to say, this position is not for everyone – but being footloose and 30 definitely makes such opportunity easier to pursue.

That being said, I’ll be quickly taken to task to represent National Instruments on a 3-month mandate involving LabVIEW development. Preparing and going for the CLA examination will ensure I’m up-to-date with all the latest LabVIEW 2013 features and concepts (LVOOP, various LV architectures, creating APIs, style, structure, best practices and so on.)

What I have noticed in test automation is the growing demand for National Instruments products and an increasing shift to LabVIEW from conventional text-based programming languages. Many Software Engineers are presented the challenge when first making the shift between projects based in, for example, C/C++ to graphical programming. However, those with strong software background should be able to grasp the style and syntax with time and practice.

What are some of the benefits of obtaining your CLA? National Instruments states that:

  • Highest level of LabVIEW certification
    NI_CLA
  • Demonstrates mastery in architecting and project managing LabVIEW applications
  • Valid for 2 years from date taken, recertification required to maintain credentials

Plus, you get to add their fancy logo to your signature and how cool is that!  :-)

For additional sources of Information regarding LabVIEW, you can check out the following links:

LabVIEW Object-Oriented Programming FAQ

NI Certified LabVIEW Architect

Learn LabVIEW

LabVIEW Open Source OpenG Tools

NI LabVIEW Forums

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. “ – Frederick P. Brooks

The Challenge: Becoming a Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA) was last modified: January 26th, 2014 by Paulo R

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