Here's a place to start...

http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/a4_index.shtml

But I would look at a smaller shop first that may not care as much about
certifications.

Good luck.

On 10/10/06, JMURFITT@xxxxxxxxxx <JMURFITT@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I have 8 years of RPG experience and no certifications. On top of that
I have been away from the IT arena for 1 1/2 years due to a family
situation. I have not been getting any response to resumes I have sent
out. I know the time away may be a problem, but from what I'm reading
it seems like lack of certifications may also be a problem. Where can I
get information on taking the certifications and also any suggestions
on getting back up to speed would be appreciated.

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Ryan <michaelrtr@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 9:46 am
Subject: Re: Certifications?
To: Ken Berlin <Ken_Berlin@xxxxxxxx>
Cc: midrange-jobs@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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> 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
> screeningauthority 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/400Firewall...now that was a well thought out product.
>
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> 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.
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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.
> >
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