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A recruitment agency actually selling certification courses? It should be reported to the Authorities and its licence withdrawn (if they have or need a licence to start with).

That being said, indeed some PHB or HR-types will consider certificates important for lack of any real knowledge about the quality of the applicant or how to test for such knowledge.

These are probably also companies who think 'Perl' eq 'CGI' or forbid you to use modules in your Perl code or force you to use Java since it is supported by a big name as Sun. You would probably not be happy there.

Still as certificates have some value in this world, I wonder whether PerlMonks could not issue some certificates to its Members. As there are close to 30,000 members on PerlMonks, you would rank as a Pontiff in the top 2%. Some creative spirits could make a nice certificate for that such as: Within the larger peer reviewed community of Perl programmers, Rozallin is ranked in the top 2% due to her outstanding support given to beginning programmers, her acknowledged skills in analysing and debugging code and her repeatedly proven knowledge of programming languages in general and Perl in particular. Then add another section on the PM-site to check/issue the certificates and include the URL in your CV and presto you have a certification.


"If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

In reply to Re: [Slightly OT]: Is certification worth it? by CountZero
in thread [Slightly OT]: Is certification worth it? by rozallin

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