Certifications is self confirmation that one's skill level is at the minimum, it is a badge the holder knows they wear and few others care they have. A certification doesn't identify one skills at the 90 percentile level. A certification is binary saying one is or isn't at the minimum established level for a skill. Passing and keeping current a certification certifies self rating to one that they are able to professionally contribute. With few exceptions a certification will NOT aid in one getting a job interview. With few exceptions a certification will NOT get one higher pay. A certification will privately give one self pride when looking at self in the mirror. Three frequent exceptions to the job interview and pay are the CISSP, CISA and ITIL since they are often a requirement. For many their brain started to decay the day they graduated from college with no plans to keep current. Although a certification will not get an IT professional a job, a job related certification does give a small advantage toward being placed on the short stack of resumes because it says the holder is a professional and serious about their career since they took the time to be certified. There are things as good as a certification. Each semester teaching credit awarded RPG at an accredited community college is generally better than being RPG certified.

Naturally, professional certifications (CISSP, CISM, CISA, ITIL, CPP, CIPP, CFE, PMP) are of value.

Any senior System i professional should be interested in the RPG and one of the system administration certification offered by IBM. A difficulty passing my suggest looking for a new vocation. or serious studies. Other offerings by IBM broad enough to be of interest to System i professionals include one of the OnDemand offerings, DB2 offerings and one of the WebSphere offerings..

Certifications are down played by those too lazy to take the exam and those that fear knowing that they don't have the minimum.


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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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