You are describing, the new cottage industry -- that of The Bitcoin Specialist.
There are a lot of skills that can be combined to become self employed providing Bitcoin-related services.
There is profit that can be made when trading bitcoins in-person. There are hundreds of individuals who are signed up with LocalBitcoins and offer this personal buying ...
The most popular way to earn a bit of Bitcoins without any much skill is mining. The amount of coins one could earn is pretty small even with higher-end graphic cards, but through the use of mining pools and alt-coin mining one could get a small start in the Bitcoin world.
A website that offers small Bitcoin rewards for mechanical-turk-esque small tasks is ...
The Bitcoin community is relatively tiny yet. While there are some tasks here and there where bitcoins can be earned (e.g., logo creation, tutor), there is a far larger number of individuals willing to compete for the work.
Offering to sell bitcoins to others is one way to earn a little. There are many people who sell coins through LocalBitcoins and earn ...
Such projects are possible with Bitcoins. Generally, what you can do with money, you can do with Bitcoins.
Escrow services in Bitcoin were popping up every now and then in the earlier days of Bitcoin, but I don't recall any of them becoming too popular. However, setting up an escrow-like service should be fairly simple. If you need some help, you can drop ...
Look at the backgrounds of the top Bitcoin core devs.
Here are the top 3:
Wladimir J. van der LaanUniversity of Groningen
Institute for Mathematics and Computing Science (IWI)
Pieter Wuillecomputer science degree at U. of Leuven
Gavin AndresenBachelor's degree in computer science from Princeton
The first certification you posted, CBP, seems to be broadly well-perceived. As for the second one, I cannot find anyone saying anything about it, besides that it exists.
but I'm not sure how valuable these things are.
I'm not sure either. Similar to security guard training companies, these certification organizations are going to exist along ...