Thanks for everyone's input on this subject. Sounds like cerification is still a very controversial subject. I know a couple of years ago it was dicussed and opinions varied greatly. At the time I opted not to certify because I felt that the AS/400, RPG market was driven by reputation alone. I can, and probably will, continue to find work based off word-of-mouth. However, as the market tightens I would like to easily distinguish myself from the rest of the market. Whether that be with CCP or IBM Certified Specialist or whatever. In your replies you touched on two subjects that concern me. One, reworking someone else's work. I, too, have taken jobs undoing a prior contractor's mess or scrapping it and starting from scratch. Two, if you are making more money than me, you better be better than I am. Someone replied that they were educating other contractors on a skill or software package where they were charging half the rate of the people they were educating. These concern me because they put the person in the hiring position in a pickle. No matter how little they contract someone for, the money is wasted if it has to be reworked. And how much do they have to spend before assuring themselves they will be getting quality work? I would like to be able to attach something to my name that will tell the people responsible for hiring me (those that have never heard of me) that they will get quality work at a fair price. I believe that whatever that something is will depend on us as a community.