I think they serve two very good purposes.
a. encourage people to expand their knowledge. Every time I study for a cert, I learn something new that I should have known. b. set some minimum requirements for knowledge. I know some people are good test takers, but in a general way it is a measure of some skill level. I've never hired (or been hired) based only on a cert, but it can be one of the factors that puts you slightly ahead of other candidates.

We call ourselves "professional", but unlike many other professional fields, we do not require some level of continuing education. We also have no requirement of a degree or any other measurement of skill to call ourselves "programmer" or "developer" or "consultant". Between the two, from my experience, I've got more faith in a cert than a degree. I do believe IBM only recognizes a cert for a certain amount of time before it needs to be renewed.

It's worked for me to have the certs, both in employment, as well as my own education.

jim franz
iSeries System Administration
RPG IV Developer

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An interesting thread was started on Slashdot about IT Certifications
(http://ask.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/06/0337209).

I'm curious as to how valuable certifications are in the System i market.

david



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