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Re: Expert programmer's certification

by b10m (Vicar)
on Jan 14, 2004 at 22:54 UTC ( #321417=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Expert programmer's certification

I do agree, unlike others, that certification can be an advantage over somebody else in a job interview. For example the ITIL certificate(s) proved valuable to my employers (some even required it). Heck, even the infamous MCSE certification can be valuable :)

The question is "how known is the certification to your (potential) employer?". Certificates from the source you showed and for example Brainbench are amusing at best. These are not known to (at least Dutch) employers and they seem to give little to no value to them. Besides they're not known, the online tests aren't very credible, for who knows exactly who took the exam? I could, for example, help my brother out, if he wanted the paper.

It all depends on the job, but for most IT jobs (at least in The Netherlands), ITIL seems a nice one to have on your resume. LPI (Linux Professional Institute) seems to become more valuable too in the Linux market. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any credible Perl certificates.

This all said, I think it can be valuable to take the tests, for you might learn from it, and it might be just fun. Then again, spend a couple of weeks over here and you learn a lot more (presumably) and don't have to pay the fee :)


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