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Re^2: What is your opinion in Perl Certified Professional?

by merlyn (Sage)
on May 02, 2005 at 16:51 UTC ( #453321=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: What is your opinion in Perl Certified Professional?
in thread What is your opinion in Perl Certified Professional?

Truth be known, certifications may not be an accurate measure of skill, neither is a Degree.
You were about to make a reasonable argument, then you went down this route.

True, a Degree is no guarantee, but it at least shows a certain time spent on a subject.

A certification shows only that someone can cram for a test, get a passing test score, and write a check.

Even if you think Degrees show some hope, I can't see how you can put certifications in the same category.

Also, any "test" that is worth taking takes a lot of time and skill to develop. There's no way someone could do this testing for free: the resources it takes to develop and administer the test (like monitoring for cheating) must be recouped somehow.

You call me cynical. I call you idealistic. I call myself realistic. {grin}

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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Re^3: What is your opinion in Perl Certified Professional?
by delegatrix (Scribe) on May 02, 2005 at 20:12 UTC
    A certification shows only that someone can cram for a test, get a passing test score, and write a check.

    That depends. While this may be true of some programs, there are highly valued cert programs that require much more than a quick test. The incorporate work experience, college degree requirements, etc.

    (Although I should add I've never been in favor of programming certs - as an employer I like flexibility in my programmers).

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