There has been a lot of community discussion about whether certification should be required for Niche moderators. I went over our reasons for requiring it here:
We've had further discussions here at Narrative HQ about the policy and have decided to reverse things by no longer requiring certification for Niche moderators.
The arguments for requiring certification are still valid, but ultimately we decided that the cons outweighed the pros, in that certification is definitely a strong barrier to entry for potential moderators. In addition, the child protection was contingent on niches actually pre-screening submitted posts in advance, and that is a feature that will not even be available when we initially roll out the beta. Requiring certification for Niche moderators would be a strong protection, but since content is not moderated on journals already, it's probably overkill.
We have not implemented this change yet, but plan to do so before the Beta launches.
Thanks to everyone for your spirited feedback on this issue!
All is right with the world now. Niche moderator certifications will be no more.