And that brings up a good point. If the person with the hiring authority is
an experienced iSeries person, especially one who has worked their way up
the ranks, they'll likely be less impressed by certifications. However, if
the hiring authority is not iSeries experienced, or there's a screening
authority like an HR department, they'll likely look at a certification as a
way of determining if the person could work in that department.

So...I guess a certification can't hurt. I have one - I was bored at COMMON
one time when they were still doing the first certification free and I
wandered in the testing room. Oooh...I have/had another one...the AS/400
Firewall...now that was a well thought out product.


On 10/10/06, Ken Berlin <Ken_Berlin@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

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I've been in IT, programming in RPG for over 30 years from the IBM 360
Model 20 through the System/3, through the System/38, and now on the
System I(AS/400).
I've been a manager, director, etc. I have never taken a certification
test, and at this point in my career, I have no intentions too.  Tests
are all well and good, but some people do better on written tests, and
not so well in practical application.
I think its up to the individual whether they think that it will be
worth their while.  When I hire someone, I look at the work experience,
problem solving technique, etc. long before I would look at whether they
are certified or not.

Ken Berlin
Financial Information Systems Manager
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington, DC




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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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