Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
There's more than one way to do things

Re: Which certifications are good?

by RyuMaou (Deacon)
on Aug 26, 2008 at 19:25 UTC ( #706960=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Which certifications are good?

In my experience as both a candidate and a hiring manager, certificates are only valuable for getting past a headhunter or HR person to the tech manager who can really assess your skills.

Certifications have changed over the years. I got a CNE in 1993 and maintained it up until about 2001. (As far as I know, it's still valid.) In fact, I wrote a simple script to emulate df for Netware that ran on their implementation of Perl, back in the day. And, I got a CompTIA Linux+ in 2003. So far, neither have proved universally valuable. My CNE got me interviews a couple of times and occasionally draws interest from a recruiter looking to fill a government job. The Linux+ gives me something to laugh about with other system administrators.
Both get me past low-level search people and passed on to someone with more technical savvy and experience.

But, the age of certifications guaranteeing a certain salary or a certain bonus are long gone. Novell now requires some hands-on via simulators in their tests and they have some Linux certifications now, too. As others have mentioned, Cisco has better certification tests now, too, requiring a fair amount of hands-on knowledge. No idea what Microsoft is requiring these days. And, of course, you already point out the highlights of the RHCE. All of them, even the ones with simulations, have cram-tests that include the simulators or something close.

But, no matter how good a certification is, nothing beats real-world experience and solving actual problems.

Replies are listed 'Best First'.
Re^2: Which certifications are good?
by cosmicperl (Chaplain) on Aug 30, 2008 at 17:09 UTC
    Again valuable because the are very hands on. Brilliant! I have what I need.

Log In?

What's my password?
Create A New User
Node Status?
node history
Node Type: note [id://706960]
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others taking refuge in the Monastery: (6)
As of 2020-10-30 16:51 GMT
Find Nodes?
    Voting Booth?
    My favourite web site is:

    Results (282 votes). Check out past polls.