First of all, thx for all the effort you and everybody are putting in these new projects/challenges i will try to do my part and help out. Personally i am very excited to see these changes in the FCC curriculum.
Currently i am in the middle of the BE-dev exercices and despite the fact that looks like they are going away, what i learned while doing them is not
I completely agree with you when you say campers believe the old certificates were "enough" to be ready for DEV, however i do believe the "buzzwords" should be there. I am currently not looking for a job, but as we know the CV's the campers will send as a response to job adds will be screened by a piece of Software before anyone gets their eyes on it. All this SW does is it looks for "buzzwords / keywords" (certification for "Information Security And Quality Assurance" is not going to turn heads).
As suggested in this thread i think the solution could be a "3-tier" certification, ideally allowing for deprecated certifications (so, a FE-DEV 2017 could have a different certif than a FE-DEV 2015... after all their curriculum's were different).
This is similar to what Microsoft, Cisco, etc. have been doing for years with the "end-goal" being to reach a "higher level" of certification (in their case "paying for the privilege" while doing it).
Below is a possible diagram of the "Full-Stack Development certification" for the 2017 curriculum.
Just my thoughts on the subject.. again, thx all for your effords!!