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Re: Which certifications are good?

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Aug 23, 2008 at 18:06 UTC ( #706435=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Which certifications are good?

Certifications and forced class attendance to keep current, like Doctors are supposed to do, seem like a good idea in a perfect world. But in the real world, all these things can be faked( or bought), so there is a general skepticism of their value. I remember when I was an Electronics Tech, they had all sorts of certifications too, but you got more mileage out of dressing neat and having a toolbox of cool looking tools.

I like the idea of giving someone a box of computer parts, a few system cds, and an ethernet cable, and tell them to put a computer together, an get a secure https server running, and basic email.

I think the US government would have to setup a giant buracracy to do the various testings and issue photo ids, and cert numbers which would be verifiable; in order for strangers to take it seriously.

I mean you have people running around faking college diplomas and getting away with it, certs would be even easier. Instead of certs, I think hiring private detectives to do background checks, and interviewing previous employers/teachers would be more cost effective.


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Re^2: Which certifications are good?
by cosmicperl (Chaplain) on Aug 30, 2008 at 01:43 UTC
    I think that's why certs like redhats have online verification. But you've raised a good point. Certificates need to be easily verifiable.

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