ansh batra has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

hello monks
do we have any certification for perl like we have scjp/ocjp for java ?
if yes then please give me the important links regarding that

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Re: do we have certification for perl
by CountZero (Bishop) on Dec 05, 2011 at 07:33 UTC
    To summarize what has been said time and time again: yes, there exists Perl certification and no, it is not worth the paper it is written on.


    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

Re: do we have certification for perl
by davido (Cardinal) on Dec 05, 2011 at 06:22 UTC

    There's a Search box at the top of every PerlMonks page. Type the word "certification" there.





Re: do we have certification for perl
by sumeetgrover (Monk) on Dec 05, 2011 at 10:34 UTC
    You might like to check if BrainBench do a certification for Perl. They usually do certification for a lot of other technologies and are seen as a high standard testing benchmark by many critical software companies.

        Marto, Good to read this feedback on BrainBench test, from the link that you posted. I agree to all that's been written there. Mainly because the test is not acknowledged by The Perl Foundation.

        However, rather strange situation is where companies who develop business critical software acknoledge this test simply because there's no other formalised test out there.

        I would personally not bother going for a certification. If you can prove in an interview that you've got skills, that's good enough.

Re: do we have certification for perl
by sundialsvc4 (Abbot) on Dec 05, 2011 at 16:04 UTC

    We could of course get into a very long “discussion” about the actual market value of these so-called “certifications,” although I do not see advantage in doing so now.   When I am hiring a workman to do something for me, the most important thing that I check is their references.   (And in the case of Perl-related personnel, I also ask them for their PerlMonks user-name and read through the things that they have actually posted.)   This really is a thing that you learn by doing.   I am not saying that I “diss” whatever signs a person may have that they are pressing for self-improvement, and I also know that “everyone must start somewhere,” but just bear in mind that a certification is not a Golden Ticket.   I have never considered it seriously in any hiring decision I have ever made.   Perhaps you can use it to good advantage in your personal sales-presentation, but do not expect it to do the selling for you.